“AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror” is heading our way in a couple of weeks, and today we have info on the first three episodes of the seven-part series. Executive produced by award-winning horror film director, writer, producer, and actor Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel), the documentary series brings together the masters of horror – the storytellers 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. The series features A-list storytellers including Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Robert Englund, Linda Blair, Tippi Hedren, Rob Zombie, Haley Joel Osment, Jack Black, John Landis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood, Slash, Catherine Hardwicke, and Norman Reedus, among many others.
“AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror” will premiere on Sunday, October 14th, at 12:00 midnight ET/PT.
“AMC Visionaries” is a year-round documentary series in which groundbreaking artists curate and author the untold stories and fascinating histories of their respective genres. In addition to the recently aired “AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics” and “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction,” previously announced series falling under the “AMC Visionaries” banner include the upcoming “AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook.”
“AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror” is produced by The Content Group’s Asylum Entertainment and Marwar Junction Productions. Executive producers are Eli Roth, Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Joseph Freed, Allison Berkley, and Kurt Sayenga.
Episode 1.01: “Zombies”
Fast zombies, slow zombies, comedy zombies, teen zombies: Zombies are everywhere! Undead ghouls have been around for decades, but what set off zombie fever?
Episode 1.02: “Slashers” Part 1
Michael Myers and Hannibal Lecter. Ghostface and Jigsaw. They are among the most terrifying figures in horror because they are the most real: cinematic butchers who kill without remorse… but are grounded in the grim realities of everyday life. The slasher film is an unsettling embodiment of the violence of the 24-hour news-cycle – an incarnation of our growing fears as the world around us becomes more bloody and uncertain. Eli Roth talks with some of the biggest names in the business about how this brand of horror reflects our wars, our crime, even global terrorism, and leaves us reeling from questions we may never answer: Are our families safe from harm when even our idyllic small-town neighborhoods are corrupted by violence? Will we be punished for our sins? Will we succumb to our violent impulses?
Episode 1.03: “Slashers” Part 2
The most extreme form of horror films, slashers have been vilified since they first came on the scene. But they have also been tremendously popular. The worst of them can still be entertaining; the best of them tell us brutal truths about ourselves, our fears, and our secret desires. Eli Roth and an all-star lineup of horror film creators and critics explore how and why slashers scare, attract, and anger audiences.