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Eli Roth's History of Horror

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Masters of horror -- icons and stars who define the genre -- join writer/produder/director Eli Roth to explore horror's biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Hourlong episodes feature A-list storytellers like Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Robert Englund, Linda Blair, Rob Zombie, Jack Black, John Landis and Jamie Lee Curtis, who discuss how horror has evolved through the years and impacted society, as well as how the genre maintains its fan base and why audiences are addicted to fear.

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The Pulp Fiction filmmaker discusses why he believes "The Exorcist" is the greatest horror film ever made, why "Get Out" caught fire with audiences, and how Alfred Hitchcock and Brian De Palma influenced his work.
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Ghost movies have been with movie viewers since the dawn of cinema; some ghosts are benevolent, some ghosts are malicious, but they all represent the mystery of what happens to people after death.
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Modern vampires come in many guises, but they all address a fascination with sex and death; from the ghastly Count Orlok to the glam vampires of "True Blood," thirsty fiends are endlessly appealing.
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Monsters hold a special place in the history of horror as the killer predators in nature; the nightmare creatures of the fantastic are waiting to escape.
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The fear that demons will enter one's body and make one do terrible things inspires some of the most frightening films ever made, including the masterpieces "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist."
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The evolution of slashers, from Freddy Krueger to Candyman to the terrifying Hannibal Lecter in the '90s, to torture porn in the 2000s as a response to post-9/11 panic.
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Slasher films make a killing in the '80s, but their violence, perceived misogyny and endless sequels almost end the genre; supernatural killers Chucky and Freddy save them from extinction.
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Zombies are the monsters of the 21st century, and America's major contribution to horror; a look at what set off zombie fever leads to George Romero, who made zombies a metaphor for social ills.
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The iconic horror author tells Eli Roth how he generates new ideas, which adaptations of his work he likes best and why he's okay with horror movies not getting critical respect.
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The "Shaun of the Dead" filmmaker discusses why horror movies are so cathartic, his love of George Romero's zombie films, and the influence of Wes Craven's decades-spanning career.
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Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino explains how being exposed to the mixture of horror and comedy influenced his style of mixing and matching genres in his own work.
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Actor Elijah Wood, author Joe Hill and others discuss the uniqueness of Clive Barker's transgressive horror film and the purely original creation of the demon Cenobites.
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The director of "An American Werewolf in London" discusses why horror films aren't respected by the Oscars, why no one wanted to make his werewolf movie and why horror films will never fall out of popularity.
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The writer discusses her childhood obsession with Freddy Krueger, the inspiration behind her film "Jennifer's Body" and the problematic reception that movie received.
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Producer Roger Corman discusses the comparisons between "Piranha" and "Jaws" and how the movie unexpectedly launched a franchise of its own.
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Director Tom Holland on why everyone thought he was crazy to make a vampire movie and how the humanity of the characters brings the audience along for the ride.
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Writer Diablo Cody, director Mary Harron and others debate whether the depiction of women in horror movies is empowering or exploitative.
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Actors Robert Englund, Tony Todd and Tobin Bell discuss how they created their iconic horror villains Freddy Krueger, Candyman and Jigsaw.
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"The Howling" filmmaker discusses his surprise at the success of his film "Piranha," why he created a website for horror film buffs and the story behind Phoebe Cates' Christmas-hating speech in "Gremlins."
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Director Steve Miner and actor Josh Hartnett discuss how "H20" brought the "Halloween" franchise back closer to the John Carpenter film that launched the series.
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Greg Nicotero of "The Walking Dead" makes a case for how games like "Resident Evil" brought about a renewed interest in zombie films.

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