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Photo: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.. Image Courtesy Shudder
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6.  Eli Roth’s History of Horror (series)

This 8-episode series ran on AMC last October, and I highly recommend it for anyone who has affection for horror films. Producer / director / occasional actor Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) has loved horror since he was a child, and his passion comes through every time he talks about the genre.

In this docu-series, a different sub-genre is explored in each episode, focusing on zombies, slashers, vampires, demons, ghosts and the like. Roth also interviews such horror notables as Stephen King, Rob Zombie, Quentin Tarantino and Greg Nicotero.

While Eli Roth’s History of Horror is essential for the well-rounded horror fan, it also serves as a great introduction for anyone who is just dipping their toe into the genre. There are many great recommendations here if you want to know which horror movies have set the bar the highest over the years.

Most of the classics are covered here: Nosforatu, Night of the Living Dead, The Birds, Dracula, American Werewolf in London. But, you’ll probably also learn about horror movies you weren’t familiar with.

Shudder also offers the podcast Eli Roth’s History of Horror Uncut, which consists of the full, uncut interviews from the television series. Featured are interviews with super-stars such as Bruce Campbell, Tippi Hedren, Tony Todd and Edgar Wright (as well as the legends listed in the second paragraph).  The Stephen King interview is amazing, and it’s fun to hear Eli and the King of Horror completely geek out over their favorite horror movies.