Actor, writer and life-long horror film aficionado Mark Gatiss follows his 'A History of Horror' with this exploration of European horror cinema. Including interviews with directors Dario Argento and Guillermo del Toro amongst others.
On his deathbed vicar Rant makes a secret confession to his niece Mary Simpson. Some twenty years later young librarian William Garrett is asked by elderly John Eldred to locate a book ... See full summary »
Long-running radio horror series and its veteran presenter Aubrey Judd discovers that all is not quiet in the eerie radio studio and that elements of his own past are not as dead and buried as he perhaps hoped.
This 3 part series about the history of horror is quite entertaining, but it fails in 2 different aspects: 1. Like so many other documentaries about movies in general (even "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies" makes this annoying mistake) it spoils a lot about the movies by revealing the ending. 2. A history of horror without even mentioning "Nosferatu" and the influence of early German cinema (movies like "Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam ","Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari") on later productions like Frankenstein etc. ...please, you must be kidding me. It also leaves out other great early "horrific" movies like "Häxan", "The Unknown" or the great "The Man Who Laughs" (who later became a great influence on the "Joker" character of the infamous "Batman" comics). This series feels like it doesn't consists on part 1,2 and 3. But on part 2,4 and 5 leaving out part 1 (early films like "nosferatu" etc), part 3 (classic and highly influential 50ies horror/sf like tarantula( only shortly mentionend),"Creature from the Black Lagoon","The Thing from Another World", "It Came from Outer Space","Them!","The Bad Seed" or "Invasion of the Body Snatchers")and part 6 (80ies horror like "The Fog", "Cannibal Holocaust", "The Evil Dead", "Poltergeist", "A Nightmare on Elm Street", "Hellraiser" or "The Thing". And maybe some 90ies horror ("Ôdishon", "Braindead", "Nightbreed"...) and recent horror like "Versus", "Eight Legged Freaks", "28 Days Later", "(Rec)" ... would have been nice too. Also, what about classic movies like "King Kong","Carnival of Souls","Village of the Damned", "Two Thousand Maniacs!", "Phase IV" or "Alien"...? A better history of horror is "Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film"
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