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Eli Roth and AMC Bringing Us “History of Horror” TV Series

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Eli Roth has been an interview subject for countless documentaries and inside looks at the horror genre, so it seems rather fitting that he’s going to be the man to shine the spotlight on the history of horror for a new AMC series.

The network just announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that Roth will produce the tentatively titled “AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror, a six-part look at the genre that will be part of AMC’s new “Visionaries” series.

I’m thrilled to be part of this incredible series. For years, I’ve wanted to create a definitive ‘History of Horror,’ a living record of the genre with interviews from all the greats, old and new,” said Roth. “Sadly, we lose more of these masters every year and with them go their stories and experiences. This show will serve as a record for future generations — fans and filmmakers alike — to enjoy. I could not be prouder to create this with AMC.”

The series will premiere in 2018.

On a related note, “AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction” and “Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics” are also in the works.



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  • Otterlee

    Def too late the way this year has been going.

  • Necro

    Better late than never! Yeah I like the idea of this! Now if they could only find someway to bring back ‘Masters of Horror’, all the new talent that has emerged in these last couple of years. And to be crystal clear the ‘Masters of Horror’ that was on Showtime, not the ‘Fear Itself’ watered down NBC bullshit.

    • Otterlee

      “Fear Itself” New Years Day was well done.

      • Necro

        Another one that was really good was ‘Eater’ with Doug Jones.

        • Otterlee

          That was the wendigo one? Awesome effects in that.

          • Necro

            Yeah that was with the Wendigo.

    • Nick Botic

      Man, ‘Masters Of Horror’ with James Wan, Mike Flanagan, Adam Robitel, David F. Sandberg, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett? I would watch the SHIT out of that. I know opinions on them are polarized, but the truth is, they’re making horror films with better atmosphere than we’ve gotten in years. I would love to see an anthology with all of them.

      • Necro

        Nick you’re not kidding there! If this actually came to be a reality and I saw that list of directorial names signed on I’d honestly shit!

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  • Jérémy Kuprowski

    Once again, Eli Roth may be an horror nerd (so I’m sure he knows a lot about the history of the medium), but he doesn’t know how to make a compelling story.

    Now if these are documentaries,I suppose it could be up to the task… I’ll wait for the first episode. But I have no strong feeling one way or the other.

  • Lady Bathory

    The show itself might have a great concept but Eli Roth is the last person I would’ve chosen! Seriously, that guy? The only reason he’s actually relevant is the fact that Tarantino once said he likes him. He’s never repeated it after that … 😉
    Roth’s films are immature, misogynistic, and have zero character development, no interesting story lines, and no tension (except maybe parts of Hostel I, I’ll give him that).
    Having him talk about horror is like having Trump talk about politics…

    • Nick Botic

      Whether you like him and his films or not, there’s not many people who have a more encyclopedic knowledge about the horror genre than Roth; he has a genuine respect and admiration for the genre. To put it simply, the guy really, really knows his shit. There’s actually very few people I could think of that are better-equipped to host a show about the history of horror than he is.

      • Lady Bathory

        Mh..I don’t know. If he’s such a genre expert, why are his films just one outdated horror trope after the other, coupled with one-dimensional racist and sexist characters?
        He might have theoretical knowledge but he doesn’t understand the genre and its possibilities at all. That’s why I think he’s the wrong guy for a ‘history of horror’ show.

        • Creepshow

          I’m not an Eli apologist, and I don’t care for most of his directorial films. But the guy is a massive horror fan, and has ties to the genre that most people might be unaware of. He definitely has the credentials for this project.

          • Lady Bathory

            Maybe he has these ties that no one’s aware of. I just think it’d be a great sign of appreciation for the genre to have someone on board who’s actually capable of producing good horror. Especially without constantly offending women and POC. I don’t think it’s terrible, if Roth does it and if the show ends up being good, I’m happy for its creators and horror fans. I just think a ton of people would be better suited to lead through “history of horror”.

            *edit* Actually I do think it’s be terrible xD Simply because I really dislike his work.

          • Creepshow

            I’ll use a sports analogy. Some people have good knowledge of their sport, and are students of the game…but they are shitty at being managers and coaches.
            Ok, that’s all of the Roth defense I have. The well is now dry. lol

        • Nick Botic

          I know a hell of a lot about combat techniques from around the world, both current and historical. I could teach a class on the subject, but I could never choreograph a fight sequence using them. He absolutely understands the genre, have you ever seen any interview with him, ever? I’m not even arguing this point because I think he’s amazing or anything. If anything, I’m indifferent towards him. I’ve enjoyed some of his movies, others I didn’t care for at all. But it’s clear as day that the man knows a lot about horror and the people associated with it that made it possible for him to even make horror films in the first place.

          • Lady Bathory

            I’m not arguing that you’re wrong or anything. I just have a very different view on Eli Roth. For example, I don’t think someone who understands the genre would produce content that actually damages the genre by being generic, cliche-ridden, racist and sexist (and I’m not just using those terms to make my point sound more valid, I really do think Hostel 1 and 2, Knock Knock, and The Green Inferno are incredibly misogynistic, while the latter adds a huge dose of racism to the film). All I’m saying is, Roth is the wrong representative of the history of horror, if THAT is what he’s taken out of it.

  • sliceanddice

    Roth is cinematic and televisual kryptonite for me…. everything he touches turns to shit.

    • ClarkNova4

      Exactly

    • Rick-Taylor

      What?!?! I don’t understand what you are saying. I love Cabin Fever, Pirahna 3D, Inglorious Bastards. Green Inferno was cool, too. What has he done that is shit?

      • sliceanddice

        Most of the things you’ve mentioned, in my opinion. But hey that’s cool if you enjoy. Difference of opinion, man.

      • Necro

        Not to be corrective or anything, but he didn’t do ‘Piranha 3D’ that was Alexandre Aja.

        • Rick-Taylor

          Yeah, I meant movies he also acted in.

  • sliceanddice

    Also Mark Gatiss History of Horror is already out there and its fantastic. Just needs some more episodes about the films of the 80s and 90s to be complete.

    • Batcat

      Gatiss does focus more on the cream of the crop in his series. I wish more would delve into the realms of true classic horror like he did.

    • Christian

      I enjoyed those. You can tell Gatiss really loves the genre and I hope BBC let him do some more. Maybe focusing on individual directors per episode?

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    Cool concept but the title is a bit narcissistic. It’s all about the visionaries of horror but still somehow all about Eli

    • Nick Botic

      Probably because he’s hosting the segment the article is about…

      • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

        Sure, that is true, but it could have just been called “History Of Horror”. Calling it “Eli Roth’s History Of Horror” just strikes me as vain and very self promoting, and to me seems like it’s highlighting some insecurities.

        • Nick Botic

          So are James Cameron and Robert Kirkman vain, self-promoting, and insecure in regards to the segments they’re hosting? The host’s names are before the titles because they are hosting them…Eli Roth is giving a history of horror. Hence, Eli Roth’s History Of Horror.

          I understand what you’re saying, it’s just not the right argument for what’s at hand. The title accurately reflects what the program will display, which is Eli Roth giving a history lesson on horror.

  • Christian

    Eli Roth looking to stay relevant again. He is everything that is wrong with the genre and his movies always set it back.

    • Necro

      Even with ‘Green Inferno’?

    • Nick Botic

      I don’t agree with that at all. Like them or not, the Hostel movies, along with Saw, took horror to a place it hadn’t yet been. They pushed the boundaries of mainstream horror. I’m not saying he’s the greatest horror mind we’ve ever had; he’s far from it. But he has certainly been influential. He made a distinct mark in the genre and everyone, genre fans and otherwise, know him for it. And I wouldn’t say this is him “trying to stay relevant”. Whether you’re a fan of his or not, you can’t say that he doesn’t have a deep-rooted appreciation, admiration, and respect for the genre. There’s a very short list of other people I’d trust to do this right.

  • Rick-Taylor

    Guess I am the only person here who enjoys what Eli has been in. I am eager to see this. AMC seems to get their facts straight, often. So, I just may learn some things I hadn’t known.

  • Jada Maes

    He would’ve been fine as a character actor who plays obnoxious assholes that die after fifteen minutes (he was truly great in inglourious Basterds, but I believe most of it was Tarantino’s direction). As a director… Jesus Christ, we don’t need a comprehensive overview of horror from the scumbag who gave us Knock, Knock.

    • Necro

      Yeah that was pretty bad

      • Jada Maes

        https://youtu.be/O-e8cuXGwhs

        So bad it passes good and goes back to bad again 🙂

        • Evan3

          I don’t know, that was HILARIOUS. I would LOVE to see Nic Cage chew on that monologue.

          • Jada Maes

            Cage would’ve started meowing and screaming “I’m a sexy cat!”

  • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

    I actually really like Roth. His work is hit-or-miss but his Hostel films are much more interesting than the “torture porn” label so often assigned to them and Green Inferno was a decent homage to Cannibal Holocaust and in many ways is actually a much better film.

    https://celluloidandsilicon.com/2017/07/30/the-top-ten-bad-asses-of-gaming-part-one/

    • ChinoX813

      Green Inferno impressed me with the sheer guts it took to make it considering the social climate of the current times. His victims in that movie are basically cardboard cutouts of every “SJW” stereo type and he fed them to cannibals.

      • Drakk_Mallor

        Green Inferno sucked as an homage. Back in the day guys like Deodato and Lenzi had to hire porn actors to fill out the cast because even b-movie actors wanted nothing to do with sleazy Italian cannibal movies. All Eli Roth did was make a cheap mainstream facsimile of a grindhouse entry. It’s nice he loved the genre but really, a cannibal movie made as an homage to older cannibal movies and there’s no nudity in the whole thing? Where’s the sleaze? Is all nudity gratuitous now? Has it been decided that there’s no situation conceivable in which an onscreen character should be portrayed without clothes? Shit, just kill me now.

        What kinds of SJW Stereo Types are there, Chino? Are Casio and Sony SJW Stereo Types? or are we just being old school with our stereo types and talking about lo-fi, mid-fi and hi-fi? What sort of needle is there on the record player of your type of stereo? Also, fuck Breitbart and the radicalization of the ignorant rural white right.

        • ChinoX813

          All snark aside, I stand by my original post. It takes guts to make a movie that savagely mocks a large segment of your target audience for a horror movie.

          As for the quality of the actual movie, I’m not a fan. I feel the same way about it as I do all Eli Roth’s other films. Good gore effects but the unbearably obnoxious and annoying characters you have to follow in the build up to them just is’t worth it.

  • Ocelot006 .

    How about Eli giving us another damn movie? He should have just bit his lip and done Meg. If it ended up being a hit he could make all the micro-budget torture porn he wanted for the rest of his life.

    • Creepshow

      No thank you. (to both)

  • FlixtheCat

    Fifty bucks he mentions Tarantino at least twice.

    • Barry El Beardo

      In the first 5 minutes

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