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Eli Roth's History of Horror

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

This horror genre deep-dive can get pretty gory.

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Say what you will about Roth as a director, but the dude is definitely a horror fanatic and as such, makes an exuberant and knowledgeable host for a project like this. Eli Roth's History of Horror probably won't blow the minds of any hardcore genre buffs, as much of the trivia has been trotted out elsewhere before, but it's still pretty fun to see slasher film stalwarts like Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween) and Tony Todd (Candyman) crack wise and pontificate on the iconic roles that made them famous.

The fact that the series switches to a new topic each episode also helps keep things moving, and the discussions can be surprisingly thoughtful but are not so bogged down by theory as to become boring. The jump scares and creepy visuals help keep it popping, too. A more deliberate focus on underrepresented voices in the genre would be a welcome change-up as the series moves forward, so we're not just hearing Rob Zombie tell the same stories over and over again. Overall, this is a decent enough primer for the casual horror fan looking to delve a little deeper into how these films came to be and how they've evolved over the decades.

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