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A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss 

Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond.
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A Great History lesson of Horror Movies through the Decades
8 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

I don't know why so many people have such a problem with this TV show as it was fantastic, it personally taught me an in depth history of Horror, and gave me a whole new outlook on movies I now see.

People who say he is a snob and whatever probably just don't like his taste in movies. It was a shame this was originally aired on BBC 4, and it deserved to be moved to BBC 1 or 2 around Halloween.

The only problem I had was that he should have done 2 more episodes, one of the horror movies of the 80's and early 90's and a final episode on horror movies of the mid 90's up until today.

In conclusion this is a highly underrated and wonderful TV show and I would give it 9/10.


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