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Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Infections (S3EP2 AMC Fri 8 Oct 2021)

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Infections: There were two kinds of people in 2020 and 2021: those who watched movies about infectious diseases, and those who did not. Horror fans tend to fall into the first category, because that’s a major appeal of the genre: it is both a cathartic release for our worst fears (things are bad, but it could be worse – look what happened to Gwyneth Paltrow in Contagion) and a way of rehearsing for real-life nightmares.

This episode covers the spectrum of frightening infection scenarios, ranging from reality-based films (Outbreak, Contagion and 12 Monkeys) to surreal plagues (Shivers, Rabid and The Masque of the Red Death), horrific zombie outbreaks ([REC] and Pontypool) to space-born pathogens (The Andromeda Strain and Color Out of Space).

Our fear of infection runs deep. But as these films and real life show us, so does the human capacity for survival.

Airdate: Fri 8 Oct 2021 at 22:00 on AMC

Season 3 Episode 2

Featuring A-list storytellers like Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Robert Englund, Linda Blair, Tippi Hedren, Rob Zombie, Haley Joel Osment, Jack Black, John Landis, Jamie Lee Curtis and more, Eli Roth’s History of Horror brings together the masters of horror – icons 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 episode will take viewers on a chilling exploration of how horror has evolved through the eras and impacted society, as well as why loyal fans remain addicted to fear.