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A history of horror, written & presented by Mark Gatiss; produced by John Das

A history of horror, written & presented by Mark Gatiss; produced by John Das
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A history of horror
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written & presented by Mark Gatiss; produced by John Das
Series in which Mark Gatiss celebrates the greatest achievements of horror cinema : 1. Frankenstein Goes To Hollywood : He begins by exploring the golden age of Hollywood horror, from the late 1920s until the 1940s, the era of Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Mark explains just how daring and pioneering these films were, and traces how horror pictures evolved during this period, from camp and subversive to dark and perverse, before a final flourish with the psychological horror of RKO Pictures' films --------- 2. Home Counties Horror : Mark Gatiss continues his celebration of horror cinema by uncovering the stories behind the films of his favourite period, the 1950s and 60s, an era dominated by Hammer Films, who rewrote the horror rulebook with an infusion of sex and full-colour gore - all shot in the English Home Counties. Mark meets key Hammer figures to find out why their films conquered the world, looks at the new boom of horror that followed in Hammer's wake and explores the cycle of British 'folk horror' films such as The Wicker Man -------- 3. The American Scream : Mark Gatiss concludes his celebration of horror cinema by exploring the American films of the late 1960s and 70s which dragged horror kicking and screaming into the present. With their contemporary settings and uncompromising content, films like Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre remain controversial, but Mark argues that these films have much to offer. He gets the inside story from a roster of leading horror directors, including George A Romero, Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter
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