AMC has a special Halloween treat for horror fans. The network will release a 7-part docuseries about the origins of the genre, titled Eli Roth’s History of Horror.
The series – hosted by one of horror’s most recognizable young directors, Eli Roth – will sit down with fan favorites and A-list storytellers like Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Robert Englund, Linda Blair, Tippi Hedren, Rob Zombie, John Landis, Jamie Lee Curtis and more.
An official description from AMC reads:
“Eli Roth’s History of Horror brings together the masters of horror – icons and stars who define the genre – to explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Each one-hour episode will take viewers on a chilling exploration of how horror has evolved through the eras and impacted society, as well as why loyal fans remain addicted to fear.”
This is not the first “behind the scenes” genre series that AMC has produced. This past April, AMC released another docuseries titled James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, which saw Cameron interview genre greats like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Guillermo Del Toro, Ridley Scott, and Christopher Nolan.
Roth’s series will seek to catalog moments in the genre, both historic and personal. He explains that after the deaths of genre giants Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper, many of their stories about the filming and creation of their classics were lost with them. Roth aims to collect, preserve, and share these important points in genre history with both die-hard fans and curious casual viewers.
In an interview with IGN, Roth explained that he hopes the series – if successful – will be the first of many seasons to come. “The great thing about horror is there’s always another subgenre, another treasure chest, another director, and period of time to discover,” Roth says. “You think you’ve seen it all, but you haven’t. And that’s what this show should do: have a living breathing document for the creators, the experts, and the fans to all watch year-after-year. Just continually adding chapters to it. That’s my dream for the show.”
If this is an idea you can get behind, be sure to check it out! Eli Roth’s History of Horror premieres on AMC on Sunday, October 14 at Midnight (11pm Central).