The third season of Eli Roth’s horror story will return to AMC on Friday, October 1 at 10 p.m. ET / 9c. The first episode will be available early Saturday, September 25 on AMC +. The remaining episodes will be available to AMC + subscribers the same day they air. The next season of Eli Roth’s horror story continues to explore the fun and fear of horror films – both timeless classics and extremely scary films that have gone unnoticed. This season will cover the topics of “Sequelae (That Don’t Suck)”, “Infections”, “Psychics”, “Apocalyptic Horror”, “Holiday Horror” and “Mad Scientists”.
Master of horror Eli roth, who also produces the series, returns as host with a range of interviewees including (in alphabetical order) Cate Blanchett, Margaret Cho, Jeffrey Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis, Lex Scott Davis, Robert Englund, Vanessa Hudgens, Elliott Knight, David Koechner, Christopher Landon, Meat Loaf, Greg Nicotero, Jonah Ray, Giovanni Ribisi, Jessica Rothe, Madeleine Stowe, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Tilly, Edgar Wright, Rob Zombie, and many more.
Episode 301 – “Sequels (That Don’t Suck)” – Premieres Friday October 1 at 10 p.m. ET / 9c on AMC and Saturday September 25 on AMC +
Everyone knows that when you see a number or Roman numeral next to a title, beware! But if that’s true, why are sequels so popular? They wouldn’t do it if people didn’t go to see them. Maybe it’s because we want to dive back into dark worlds that scared and fascinated us the first time around… or we want to see the characters we bonded with again in action. And there’s another reason that’s rarely recognized: Sometimes the sequels are as good or even better than the originals. They can take a proven product and turn it into something fresh and wild, like that of Joe Dante anarchic anti-sequel Gremlins 2; or they can take a strong concept and anchor it in cutting edge social issues, like Gerard McMurray incendiary The first purge.
This episode has a mission: to redeem the reputation of this most maligned cinematic category. After all, just because you weren’t the first doesn’t mean you can’t be the best.
The films presented include A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Psycho II, The First Purge, Bride of Chucky, Scream 2, and Gremlins 2: the new bundle.
Episode 302 – “Infections” – Premieres Friday, October 8 at 10 p.m. ET / 9c on AMC and AMC +
There were two kinds of people in 2020 and 2021: those who watched films about infectious diseases, and those who didn’t. Horror fans tend to fall into the first category because it’s a major draw of the genre: it’s both a cathartic outing for our worst fears (things are bad, but it could be worse – check out this who happened to Gwyneth Paltrow in Contagion) and a way to rehearse real nightmares.
This episode covers the spectrum of spooky infection scenarios, ranging from reality-based movies (Outbreak, Contagion, and 12 monkeys) surreal plagues (Chills, Enraged and The Mask of the Red Death), horrible zombie epidemics ([REC] and Pontypool) space pathogens (The Andromeda strain and Color out of space).
Our fear of infection runs deep. But as these movies and real life show us, so too is human ability to survive.
Episode 303 – “Physical” – Premieres Friday, October 15 at 10 p.m. ET / 9c on AMC and AMC +
What’s the downside of having psychic powers? The idea of being able to read minds or manipulate objects without moving a muscle is an enticing fantasy. But what if those powers showed you things you wished you hadn’t seen? What if people wanted to use your donation for their own sinister ends? Worse than that: what if someone with psychic abilities turned their powers against you?
Medium films play on the ego of our species – humans have reached the top thanks to their large, multi-layered brains – but they also exploit our insecurities. We understand little about cognition and the nature of free will, and we know that we are just a brain tumor far from radical personality changes and psychotic behavior. The fear of psychic powers going awry is the fear of our own turbulent minds.
This episode features a wide array of psychic films directed by superstar creators, including that of David Cronenberg Scanners and The dead zone, Mike Flanagan’s exciting adaptation of Stephen King Doctor Sleep, Brian DePalma’s Fury, that of Sam Raimi Gift, that of Peter Jackson The scary ones and by Tim Burton horror / comedy masterpiece beetle juice.
Episode 304 – “Apocalyptic Horror” – Premieres Friday, October 22 at 10 p.m. ET / 9c on AMC and AMC +
The bigger they are, the harder they fall. And when it comes to human civilizations, the modern world is as big and populous as it ever was, so when the fall comes it will be spectacular. The collapse of the Roman Empire was followed by about a thousand years of difficult times for the human race. The collapse of the modern world will likely be even more traumatic.
But as history tells us and horror movies confirm, humans can survive just about anything, including world wars, global plagues, mass starvation and, perhaps, a zombie apocalypse. Those who are successful may be the horror fans who have assimilated the lessons taught by end of the world shows like Second World War, Train to Busan, Zombieland, War of the Worlds, I Am Legend, The Omega Man, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The End Of The World and The invasion of the body thieves.
Episode 305 – “Holiday Horror” – Premieres Friday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET / 9c on AMC and AMC +
It started with Black christmas. Bob Clark’s A groundbreaking slasher film took the then shocking idea of setting up a sorority bloodbath on Christmas, providing a grim contrast to the joy of the holiday season. Halloween came a few years later, and its success spawned a slew of vacation-themed horror films. The idea still catches fire every ten years or so, reorganized for new generations of viewers.
Why are these films so popular? Partly that’s because horror is the bad boy in the movies, always looking for ways to upend the status quo and overthrow the holy cows. For horror creators, the purity of the holidays is just waiting to be splashed with stage blood. But the deepest reason is that the holidays are times when we get together with our families, and it can be joyful and painful. For some, the explicit violence of the holiday-themed slasher films brings out the currents of anger swirling around the dinner table. For others, the shocking juxtaposition of a celebratory day with death and dismemberment is just another part of the dramatic thrill ride of moderate fear.
This episode features a deluxe holiday chaos sampler, including Black Christmas, Krampus, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Train of Terror, My Bloody Valentine’s Day, April Fool’s Day, Happy Day of the Dead, and the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster of Halloween, featuring a returning guest Jamie lee curtis.
Episode 306 – “Mad Scientists” – Premieres Friday, November 5 at 10 p.m. ET / 9c on AMC and AMC +
The pursuit of knowledge can lead us down dark paths. Our quest to understand how the universe works has taken us from caves to cities, from the desert to the moon. But it also made our bodies and the planet sick, gave us weapons of mass destruction and the state of surveillance, and more recently created the poisonous candy of the internet, which completely changed the way we live and to think.
The legitimate fear that men and women of science will unleash even more powerful forces that they cannot or do not want to control is a favorite subject of horror films. This fear is embodied in the figure of the Mad Scientist, who tends to be either an amoral, self-centered villain or a noble explorer driven by a thirst for knowledge. But, like many cinematic monsters, mad scientists also appeal to our rebellious natures. For every imbalance Dr Frankenstein, there is a vigorous Dr Frank-N-Furter, happily defying the limits of polite society.
Featuring: The Many Incarnations of Frankenstein, the invisible man, and Dr Jekyll and M. Hyde, as well as Ex Machina, Faceless Eyes, The Abominable Dr Phibes, Altered States and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.