Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2010  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary analyzing the furore which so-called "video nasties" caused in Britain during the 1980s.

Director: Jake West
Stars: Julian Petley, Marc Morris, Andy Nyman
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary on the history of the slasher film.

Stars: Ed Green, John Carpenter, Wes Craven
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An examination into the nature of 1960's-70's horror films, the involved artists, and how they reflected contemporary society.

Director: Adam Simon
Stars: George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Tom Savini
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s.

Director: Elijah Drenner
Stars: Robert Forster, Eric Schaefer, Eddie Muller
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.

Director: Frank H. Woodward
Stars: Robin Atkin Downes, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Documentary that explores Argento's film career.

Director: Leon Ferguson
Stars: Mark Kermode, Dario Argento, John Carpenter
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Piers Haggard
Stars: Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, Barry Andrews
The First Men in the Moon (TV Movie 2010)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1969 the Apollo moon landing is to be televised internationally but at a country fair in England a small boy named Jim meets the 90-year-old Julius Bedford who tells him that,in 1909,as ... See full summary »

Director: Damon Thomas
Stars: Rory Kinnear, Mark Gatiss, Alex Riddell
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

Director: Andrew Monument
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner.

Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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.

Director: John Das
Stars: Mark Gatiss, Dario Argento, Fabrizio Bava
MR James: Ghost Writer (TV Movie 2013)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: John Das
Stars: Mark Gatiss, Robert Lloyd Parry, Martin Bassindale
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Presenter (3 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself (3 episodes, 2010)
Michael Roberts ...
 Compere (2 episodes, 2010)
...
 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 2010)
...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2010)
Edit

Storyline

Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tv mini series | reenactment | See All (2) »

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 October 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A History of Horror  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 18 October 2010 (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Engaging documentary from a true fan
16 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You can't fault Mark Gatiss's enthusiasm for the horror genre and that's something that shines through in this three-part documentary tracing the genre from the Universal Classics of the 1930s to '70s grit like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and beyond. Gatiss makes it clear from the outset that this is a personal history - note it's "a" history, not "the" - so it's a question of sitting back and letting the man talk to us about why he loves the films he does.

As something of a horror obsessive, I've already seen most of the films featured here, but even so my attention never wavered for a second. There's a good selection of discussion on what makes the films so effective, copious use of clips as well as interviews with key luminaries (Corman, Carpenter, etc.). The main topics covered are the Universal horrors, the Val Lewton flicks, Hammer and other British horror and then finally '70s classics such as The Exorcist and Halloween.

A wonderful package which, sadly, doesn't look like it will ever be coming out on DVD - Gatiss has explained that it would cost too much to license all of the film clips for such a release.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is it on DVD? Peter-174

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?