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Eli Roth's History of Horror - Episode Guide

Season 1

Zombies

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Oct 14, 2018

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.

Slashers, Part 1

Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Oct 21, 2018

Slashers, Part 1

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.

Slashers, Part 2

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Oct 22, 2018

Slashers, Part 2

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.

The Demons Inside

Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Oct 28, 2018

The 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.

Killer Creatures

Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Nov 4, 2018

Killer Creatures

Monsters hold a special place in the history of horror. Stephen King, Tippi Hedren and Joe Dante weigh in on the killer predators in nature, the nightmare creatures of the fantastic, and the monsters inside us, waiting to escape.

Vampires

Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Nov 11, 2018

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, John Landis, Josh Hartnett, Mick Garris and others take a look at why thirsty fiends are endlessly appealing.

Ghost Stories

Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Nov 18, 2018

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. Stephen King, Haley Joel Osment and others break down the appeal of spooky spirits.

Season 2

Houses of Hell

Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Oct 10, 2020

Houses of Hell

Home is where the heart is, unless you live in a house of hell. Whether they're filled with specters or psychos, every house of hell pokes at our illusions of comfort and safety.
 

Monsters

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Oct 17, 2020

Monsters

The history of monster movies is also the history of the evolution of special effects technology. But, whatever their size or shape and whatever they represent, for many horror fans monsters are the best part of the genre.
 

Body Horror

Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Oct 24, 2020

Body Horror

Sometimes disgusting, body horror films make audience members question their prejudices against physical difference, their attitudes about sex and gender, their fear of disease and contamination, and how much appearance determines destiny.

Witches

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Oct 31, 2020

Witches

The witch is a towering figure in the history of horror. The archetypical evil witch is everything mainstream religion tells us a woman should not be - and that unapologetic, very female power frightens men and fascinates women.
 

Chilling Children

Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Nov 7, 2020

Chilling Children

Parents are supposed to love their children, no matter how awful their kids may be; the films highlighted in this episode may not solve the mystery of where evil comes from, but they have a terrifically terrifying time raising the question.

Nine Nightmares

Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Nov 14, 2020

Nine Nightmares

Nine Nightmares is a deep dive into nine uncategorizable films that push the boundaries of horror. Great films that entertain us and provoke us. Films that put society under a microscope, making us question not just what we fear, but why we fear it.
 

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