Eli Roth’s History of Horror Season 2 – Episodes 1-3 review

Last year Eli Roth’s History of Horror series was lauded by fans and critics alike as he delved deeper into sub-genres and influences of horror filmmakers.

In Season 2 Roth strays away slightly from established areas such as the slasher and hones in on some different plot motifs which regularly pop up in the genre.

For the first episode he focuses on the Houses of Hell, but while shining a light on films such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre; he also gives time to more modern interpretations such as House of 1000 Corpses. The debut feature from Rob Zombie is a polarising one, but interviews with Zombie himself are always fascinating to listen to.

Roth also interviews Stephen King and looks at some of his legendary creations, such as 29 Neibolt Street from IT and The Overlook Hotel from The Shining.

For the second episode Roth branches out into monster territory and casts an eye on legendary beasts such as King Kong, Godzilla plus newer original properties such as Cloverfield and Pacific Rim. One of the highlights here is an interview with special effect maestro Greg Nicotero who discusses his own work plus the legendary effects of Rob Bottin for John Carpenter’s The Thing.

We also look at Ridley Scott’s Alien with interviews with season newcomers Bill Hader, Jack Black plus A Quiet Place with film scholars such as Leonard Martin.

Body horror is the subject for the third episode with the microscope put on obvious candidates like The Fly, Videodrome, Society, Hellraiser plus modern films such as Under the Skin and The Human Centipede. Roth also puts some time aside to David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, which although not out and out horror, certainly lends itself to the body horror theme with appearance of John Merrick.

There are some welcome surprises and some trusty old friends in the second season of History of Horror, which make it a great watch for fans and students of the genre.

Eli Roth’s History of Horror Season 2 debuts on 10th November 2020 on AMC

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