As we head into Halloween, many horror fans will be looking to revisit their favorite scary movies to immerse them in the spirit of the spooky season, with AMC bringing audiences even more excitement by airing Season 3 of Eli Roth’s horror story, a series that dives deep into a variety of beloved subgenres. While the series itself may not be entirely unsettling, each episode is an informative exploration of the evolution of different subgenres, with Season 3 set to explore holiday horror, mad scientists and doomsday scenarios. Check out the trailer for season 3 of Eli Roth’s horror story above before it premieres on AMC + on September 25 and on AMC on October 1.
The breakdown of the subjects for Season 3 is as follows:
“Suites (that don’t suck)“
- Premieres Friday, October 1 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC and Saturday September 25 on AMC +
- Everyone knows that when you see a number or Roman numeral next to a title, beware! But if that’s true, why are sequels so popular? They wouldn’t do it if people didn’t go to see them. Maybe it’s because we want to dive back into dark worlds that scared and fascinated us the first time around … or we want to see the characters we bonded with again in action. And there’s another reason that’s rarely recognized: Sometimes the sequels are as good or even better than the originals. They can take a proven commodity and turn it into something fresh and wild, like Joe Dante’s lawless anti-sequel. Gremlins 2; or they can take a strong concept and root it in cutting edge social issues, like Gerard McMurray’s arsonist The first purge.
- This episode has a mission: to redeem the reputation of this most maligned cinematic category. After all, just because you weren’t the first doesn’t mean you can’t be the best.
- Premieres Friday, October 8 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC and AMC +
- There were two kinds of people in 2020 and 2021: those who watched movies about infectious diseases, and those who didn’t. Horror fans tend to fall into the first category because it’s a major draw of the genre: it’s both a cathartic outing for our worst fears (things are bad, but it could be worse – watch what happened to Gwyneth Paltrow in Contagion) and a way to rehearse real nightmares.
- Our fear of infection runs deep. But as these movies and real life show us, so too is human ability to survive.
- Premieres Friday, Oct. 15 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC and AMC +
- What’s the downside of having psychic powers? The idea of being able to read minds or manipulate objects without moving a muscle is an enticing fantasy. But what if those powers showed you things you wished you hadn’t seen? What if people wanted to use your donation for their own sinister ends? Worse than that: what if someone with psychic abilities turned their powers against you?
- Medium films play on the ego of our species – humans have reached the top thanks to their large, multi-layered brains – but they also exploit our insecurities. We understand little about cognition and the nature of free will, and we know we are just a brain tumor far from radical personality changes and psychotic behavior. The fear of psychic powers going awry is the fear of our own turbulent minds.
- Premieres Friday, October 22 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC and AMC +
- The bigger they are, the harder they fall. And when it comes to human civilizations, the modern world is as big and populous as it ever was, so when the fall comes it will be spectacular. The collapse of the Roman Empire was followed by about a thousand years of difficult times for the human race. The collapse of the modern world will likely be even more traumatic.
- But as history tells us and horror movies confirm, humans can survive just about anything, including world wars, global plagues, mass starvation and, perhaps, a zombie apocalypse. Those who are successful may be the horror fans who have assimilated the lessons taught by end of the world shows like World War Z, Train to Busan, the land of zombies, War of the Worlds, I’m a legend, Omega man, 10 Cloverfield Way, The end of the world, and Invasion of the Body Thieves.
- Premieres Friday, October 29 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC and AMC +
- It started with Black christmas. Bob Clark’s groundbreaking slasher film took the then shocking idea of setting up a sorority bloodbath on Christmas, providing a grim contrast to the joy of the holiday season. Halloween came a few years later, and its success spawned a slew of vacation-themed horror films. The idea still catches fire every ten years or so, reorganized for new generations of viewers.
- Why are these films so popular? Partly that’s because horror is the bad boy in the movies, always looking for ways to upend the status quo and overthrow the holy cows. For horror creators, the purity of the holidays is just waiting to be splashed with stage blood. But the deepest reason is that the holidays are times when we get together with our families, and it can be joyful and painful. For some, the explicit violence of holiday-themed slasher films brings out the currents of anger swirling around the dinner table. For others, the shocking juxtaposition of a celebratory day with death and dismemberment is just another part of the dramatic thrill ride of moderate fear.
- Premieres Friday, November 5 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC and AMC +
- The pursuit of knowledge can lead us down dark paths. Our quest to understand how the universe works has taken us from caves to cities, from the desert to the moon. But it also made our bodies and the planet sick, gave us weapons of mass destruction and the state of surveillance, and, more recently, created the internet’s poisonous candy, which completely changed the way we live and to think.
- The legitimate fear that men and women of science will unleash even more powerful forces that they cannot or do not want to control is a favorite subject of horror films. This fear is embodied in the figure of the Mad Scientist, who tends to be either an amoral, self-centered villain or a noble explorer driven by a thirst for knowledge. But, like many cinematic monsters, mad scientists also appeal to our rebellious natures. For every imbalanced Dr Frankenstein, there is a vigorous Dr Frank-N-Furter, gleefully defying the boundaries of polite society.
Discover season 3 of Eli Roth’s horror story when it premieres on AMC + on September 25 and on AMC on October 1.
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