Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond.
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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
Documentary | Horror
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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
Documentary
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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
The First Men in the Moon (TV Movie 2010)
Sci-Fi
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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
Global Conspiracy? (Video 2004)
Short | Comedy | Sci-Fi
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Investigative reporter Terry Scanlon follows up the strange goings on in Llanfairfach, with interviews with people there at the time, including Professor Clifford Jones and mysterious boss, Stevens.

Director: Paul Vanezis
Stars: Mark Gatiss, Tony Adams, Stewart Bevan
Documentary | Horror
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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
Crooked House (TV Series 2008)
Horror | Mystery
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A ghost story about a cursed house. The cursed house - Geap Manor - weaves together three ghost stories set during Georgian times, the 1920s and the present day.

Stars: Lee Ingleby, Mark Gatiss, Derren Brown
Sci-Fi | Thriller
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Former UNIT scientist Liz Shaw investigates a series of bizarre murders near a soon-to-be closed psychiatric hospital. When the hospital is suddenly saved by a wealthy businessman events seem to run out of Liz's control.

Director: Bill Baggs
Stars: Caroline John, Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy
Horror
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A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

Director: Harry Kümel
Stars: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet
Crime | Horror | Thriller
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P.R.O.B.E. are summoned to investigate a series of strange events linked to a private school. Liz Shaw comes under increasing pressure to solve the case as P.R.O.B.E. is threatened with closure just when it may be most needed.

Director: Bill Baggs
Stars: Caroline John, Louise Jameson, Terry Molloy
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
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The notorious fictional town of Royston Vasey is under threat and its inhabitants are forced to leave.

Director: Steve Bendelack
Stars: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Biography | Drama | Horror
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A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch hunter.

Director: Michael Reeves
Stars: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies
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Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond.

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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.


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