Every scream tells a story.
In addition to new episodes of “The Walking Dead” and multiple marathons of your favorite horror franchises, this year’s AMC FearFest (October 14-31) will be home to a brand new original series, titled “Eli Roth’s History of Horror.” A seven-episode deep dive into the world of horror, “History of Horror” features interviews with some of the genre’s top creators, and the event series premieres this Sunday, October 14 at midnight. Each episode will cover a different sub-genre of horror, ranging from supernatural entities to slasher maniacs.
AMC has provided us with the full schedule for “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” today, letting us know that this Sunday’s premiere episode will be all about those gut-eating Zombies.
Here’s the full schedule:
- Sunday, October 14: ZOMBIES
“Zombies are the monsters of the 21st century, and America’s major contribution to horror. What set off zombie fever? All roads lead to George Romero, who made zombies a metaphor for social ills.”
- Sunday, October 21: SLASHERS (Part One)
“Slasher films killed in the ’80s, but their violence, perceived misogyny, and endless sequels almost ended the genre. Supernatural killers Chucky and Freddy saved them from extinction.”
- *Monday*, October 22: SLASHERS (Part Two)
“Slashers got sophisticated in the ’90s, evolving from Freddy Krueger to Candyman to the terrifying Hannibal Lector. The 2000s brought “torture porn” – a response to post-9/11 panic.”
- Sunday, October 28: DEMONS INSIDE
“The fear that demons will enter our bodies and make us do terrible things has inspired some of the most frightening films ever made, including the masterpieces Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.”
- Sunday, November 4: GHOST STORIES
“Ghost movies have been with us since the dawn of cinema. Some ghosts are benevolent, some ghosts are malicious, but they all represent the mystery of what happens to us after we die.”
- Sunday, November 11: KILLER CREATURES
“Monsters hold a special place in the history of horror. The killer predators in nature. The nightmare creatures of the fantastic. And the monsters inside us, waiting to escape.”
- Sunday, November 18: VAMPIRES
“Modern vampires come in many guises, but they all address our fascination with sex and death. From the ghastly Count Orlok to the glam vampires of True Blood, thirsty fiends are endlessly appealing.”
“Featuring A-list storytellers like 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 and more, 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.”
“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,” Roth recently said. “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.”
While you wait, check out a handful of “History of Horror” clips below!