History of Horror S02 E01: Things we learned from Houses of Hell

Eli Roth's History of Horror. Image courtesy AMC
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History of Horror from Eli Roth made its season 2 debut tonight with an interesting psychological study on Houses of Hell in movies. Here are some key takeaways from the episode.

History of Horror from director/producer Eli Roth was a hit two years ago when it premiered on AMC. For fans of the genre, this was a master class on every trope imaginable from final girls to demons to ghosts and zombies.

This year, the exciting series has returned for season 2 with an excellent episode that hits it out of the park right away. “Houses of Hell” is a psychological study of terrifying abodes in horror movies.

What makes History of Horror so much fun is we get to learn from the best in the business:

  • Sean Cunningham
  • Mick Garris
  • Greg Nicotero
  • Rob Zombie
  • Bill Hader
  • Stephen King
  • Ryan Turek
  • Chris Hardwick
  • Tony Timpone
  • Scott Derrickson
  • Bill Moseley
  • Jordan Crucchiola

Six houses of terror were profiled on the program. Here are some key takeaways from the various segments on History of Horror:

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Rob Reiner’s masterpiece about the craziness of fandom has writer Paul Sheldon being taken in by Annie Wilkes to recuperate after a terrible car accident left him unable to walk. What starts out as a tale of a good Samaritan helping a fellow human being out, quickly turns horrifying as we realize that Annie is obsessed with her charge.

Stephen King tidbits:

  1. Misery is the author’s favorite screen adaptation.
  2. He incorporates a “New Testament” sensibility into his stories. The theme that is inherent throughout his works is that darkness can be held back but at a cost. Usually, a sacrifice of life is required with blood and tears.