AMC VISIONARIES: ELI ROTH’S HISTORY OF HORROR
2018, American Movie Classics, 50 min, USA,

“AMC Visionaries” is a documentary series in which groundbreaking artists curate and author the untold stories and fascinating histories of their respective genres. Award-winning director-writer-producer-actor Eli Roth (CABIN FEVER, HOSTEL) executive produced this seven-part survey of the masters of horror – the storytellers and stars who define the genre – to explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Each one-hour program is a chilling exploration of how horror has evolved through the years and keeps its fan base addicted to fear; this first episode salutes slasher movies.


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ROSSO SANGUE
1981, 90 min, Italy, Dir: Joe D'Amato

Borrowing heavily from HALLOWEEN, director Joe D’Amato unleashes a gut-spewing Greek boogeyman (screenwriter George Eastman) into suburban America for a gruesome saga of doomed nurses, butchered babysitters, biochemical clergy and some of the most insane splatter scenes in Italian gorehound history. Edmund Purdom (PIECES) and Annie Belle (HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK) co-star in this ultra-violent ”video nasty,” which was also released under such varied titles as THE GRIM REAPER 2, ZOMBIE 6, HORRIBLE and MONSTER HUNTER.


LORDS OF CHAOS
2018, 112 min, UK/Sweden, Dir: Jonas Åkerlund

Set in 1987, this is the story of the birth of Mayhem, the notorious Norwegian black metal band that wore corpse paint, aimed to create the most extreme metal music ever heard, burned down churches and were involved in brutal murders. Rory Culkin stars as Euronymous, guitarist and leader of a little-heard extreme metal band struggling to break out to a wider audience. Although he talks about creating suffering, chaos and death, it’s mostly just talk - until he meets Varg (Emory Cohen) and alpha-male one-upmanship kicks in. As the original drummer for black metal band Bathory, director Åkerlund knows his subject matter well, and LORDS OF CHAOS is shot through with pitch-black humor and unflinching violence without ever placing these princes of darkness on a pedestal.


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