The Frida Cinema: 10 Horror Essentials From 1980

By Justina Bonilla

1980 was an amazing year for groundbreaking and entertaining Horror films. In honor of the 40th anniversary of The Frida drive-in screening of The Shining on November 27th, we’re gonna highlight ten Horror films every fan of the genre should see.

10: Prom Night

The Slasher film classic heavily inspired the popular 90’s Horror franchise I Know What You Did Last Summer. A group of teens who accidentally killed a fellow classmate as young children are being stalked by a masked killer as they get ready for their high school senior prom. Over the years, this film has become a B-picture cult classic, especially for fans of 1980’s Horror.

9: The First Deadly Sin

Though considered a Crime Thriller film, the intensity of the suspense and use of violence feels like a horror movie. Golden Age of Hollywood icon Frank Sinatra stars as a close-to-retirement New York City police inspector that is frantically following the trail of a serial killer. A unique aspect of this film is that the serial killer’s weapon of choice was an ice axe with serrated teeth.

8: The Fog

Co-written and directed by Horror icon John Carpenter, this was his second film starring Jamie Lee Curtis after the 1978’s Halloween. As a small California coastal town is preparing for their 100th year anniversary, mysterious events lead to an eerie fog engulfing the town, bringing fear and death. The plot was based on a true story of a shipwreck.

7: Maniac

Considered one of the most violent Slasher films of the 1980s–its bold use of guerrilla cinematic style and gory special effects by legendary FX artist Tom Savini continue to be its legacy. A psychotic serial killer roams New York City, murdering young women and taking their scalps as a trophy. However, when he meets a beautiful photographer, will his bloodlust end, or will she become his next victim?

6: Inferno

A visually stunning surrealist horror Hilm written and directed by one of the most influential Italian horror directors ever–Dario Argento. After a young poet goes missing in her New York City apartment building, her brother goes to investigate her disappearance and a series of brutal murders, caused by the magic of a powerful coven of witches. Another equally influential Italian Horror director, Mario Bava, also assisted with this film, such as shooting scenes of star Irene Miracle and creating the film’s special effects.

5: Cannibal Holocaust

Without a doubt the most controversial horror film on this list, this is credited as the first found-footage horror film. A university anthropologist goes to the Amazon rainforest in search of a missing American film crew and recovers their film canisters. As he views the footage, he is shocked by the stomach-turning brutality captured on camera.

4: Dressed to Kill

An Erotic Thriller by Brian De Palma, it was nominated for two New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Director and Best Film. After a prostitute witnesses a murder and becomes the prime suspect for it, she and her son must find the killer before the killer finds her. What Psycho did for showers, Dressed to Kill did for elevators.

3: The Changeling

A chilling haunted house Horror film, listed by Bloody Disgusting as #4 of its “20 Best Haunted House Horror Movies”. While relocating to a countryside Victorian mansion after the death of his wife and child, a composer deals with the raw pain of grief and a ghostly presence within the mansion. The story of this film is based on the real-life haunted house and its events, the Henry Treat Rogers Mansion, located in Denver, Colorado.

2: Friday the 13th

The start of one of the most influential pop culture Horror franchises from the 1980s, inspired by a real mass murder. As a group of camp counselors are in the process of reopening a summer camp with a tragic past, a mysterious presence stalks and murders them one by one. This film was part of the top twenty highest-grossing movies of 1980, alongside Prom NightThe FogDressed to Kill, and The Shining.

Honorable Mentions:

City of the Living Dead

Motel Hell


We’re going to Eat You

Terror Train

1: The Shining

Undoubtedly, one of the most influential and beloved Horror films of all time, The Shining brought American horror films to a new artistic level. A troubled family spends their Winter isolated in the sprawling Overlook Hotel, where sinister energy torments them at every turn. Starting with them seeing horrific supernatural manifestations, the film eventually spirals into a violent battle to the death. In 2018, The Shining was entered into the Library of Congress because of its historical and cultural significance.


Latin Heat Entertainment: ‘Knock Knock’ Re-release Surges in Popularity on Netflix

By Justina Bonilla

Five years after its initial release, Knock Knock, which stars Hollywood royalty Keanu Reeves and, at the time, relative newcomers Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo, has gained a resurgence in popularity thanks to Netflix.

Netflix released Knock Knock on October 28 and immediately it shot up to the #2 spot on its top ten list of films trending in the United States. Director Eli Roth reacted to this on his Instagram with an ecstatic, “This is incredible.” Adding, “Out of nowhere. Thank you everyone for watching.”

Knock Knock is an erotic home invasion horror/thriller filmed in 2015 in Chile. It’s Roth’s third writing collaboration with Uruguayan director/producer/writer Guillermo Amoedo. Their first two other films include Aftershock and The Green Inferno. Two of the actor who appeared in these films Aaron Burns (The Green Inferno) and Ignacia Allamand (The Green InfernoAftershock) were tapped to also star in Knock Knock at the time.

In this psychological thrillerwe meet Evan (Keanu Reeves), a dedicated middle-aged father who loves his wife and two young children, but is dissatisfied with his current situation. One rainy night, while his family is away for the weekend, two wet and lost young women, de Armas and Izzo, show up at his front door asking for directions. Evan opens his home to them with good intentions only to eventually fall for their charms and have a lapse in judgement. In the morning the women refuse to leave, proceeding to drag Evan into hell on Earth.

(L-R) Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas in Knock Knock Photo: Lionsgate

The style of horror seen in Knock Knock was the first major cinematic departure Roth had taken from his signature style of vivid gore and graphic violence known as “torture porn.” Knock Knock instead emphasized psychological horror, through the torturing of Evan by the two young women, with a dose of physical violence.

This film was a remake of the 1977 film Death Game (also known as The Seducers), which starred Colleen Camp and Sondra Locke, who were also producers on Knock Knock.

Knock Knock was de Armas’ first cross-over into English-language film and her introduction to U. S. audiences. Prior to this de Armas, who was born in Cuba, had mainly worked in films and television in Spain. Once she caught the attention of Hollywood, de Armas landed a plum role in Blade Runner 2049. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in her follow-up film Knives Out (2019), where she starred alongside Daniel Craig. She then went on to once again star alongside Craig when she was cast as “Bond Girl” Paloma in No Time to Die. Her biggest role to date will be playing the title role of Norma Jean AKA Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film Blonde which is being produced by Brad Pitts’ production company, Plan B.

Chilean actress Izzo began her acting career in two popular Chilean romantic comedies. Her first English speaking role was in Aftershock. She later worked in the films Green Inferno and the Oscar-winning Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as well as on television in the Showtime limited series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

A unique suspenseful horror film, Knock Knock explores the diversity of modern Latin horror cinema.

With Knock Knock adding to Netflix’s roster and Latino themed films, domestic and international, it only broadens their major international influence for promoting Latino content and talent.


Latin Heat: Exclusive Interview: The Cinematographer of “Black Box” Hilda Mercado

By Justina Bonilla

Blumhouse Television, in partnership with Amazon Prime Video, released a film series of original horror films for the month of October under the banner “Welcome to the Blumhouse”. These films include The LieBlack BoxEvil Eye, and Nocturne.

Among the four films is the psychological sci-fi thriller Black Box. Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour and written by Stephen Herman and Osei-Kuffour, the films follows newly widowed father Nolan (Mamoudou Athie) and his young daughter Ava (Amanda Christine).

Nolan tries to rebuild his and Ava’s lives, after a car tragic accident which caused the loss of his wife and severely damaged his memory. Desperate for a way to get his memory back, Nolan subjects himself to a experimental memory treatment called Black Box, by the renowned specialist Dr. Lilian Brooks (Phylicia Rashad). However, the longer Nolan participates in Black Box, the more he sees visions that force him to face memories and fears beyond his worst imagination.   

Visually bringing to life both the outside world and the inner world of Nolan’s mind is Mexican cinematographer Hilda Mercado. In an exclusive interview with Mercado, she shares with us her passion for photography, her cinematography career, and her participation in Black Box.

Originally from Mexico, Mercado first developed her passion for still photography at age 15, when she went to England to learn English during a summer. Along with her English classes, Mercado participated in journalism courses. “That’s where it started unconsciously because I had to [tell] a story with images,” she recalls.

Continuing her education, Mercado earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. Initially, she was pursuing advertising. However, when she experienced films classes, she made the conscious decision to pursue cinematography. “I fell in love with the process of reading a story, and how are we going to visually support that story,” she says. “I love to think about the lenses and each lens has a personality. And how we just choose those lenses.”

Cinematographer Hilda Mercado

Mercado further elaborated on her passion for cinematography. “I love to think about lighting,” she says. “I love to read the script, to break it down. That whole process that you are thinking about a story. How you are going to light it. Then you actually see it. I love that process.” She adds, “I love the collaboration. I love to sit down and to talk to the director and the production designer.”

Understanding the strength of colors in storytelling is another essential aspect of cinematography. Mercado emphasized, “I like that we play with color. Because color tells a story. The way you dress, or something that changes within the story. I like to design the movies on what I hear from the director, based on color. It’s not only the look, but also [the] person. What are the colors that surround this person in their life, in the story?”

“Colors are emotions,” Mercado says. “Are we going to support the characters of the stories with pastels colors in their house or maybe not? Maybe it’s the lack of color?”. She gives an example. “Maybe, this [character] is boring. And we portray that with the greys. Maybe something changes in their life and we put a red flower in the [background].”

Photo: Amazon Studios

To strengthen her knowledge and abilities as a cinematographer and camera operator, Mercado also participated in numerous International film and video workshops in Rockpoint, Maine, which focused on camera and lighting. Later, she earned her master’s in fine arts in cinematography from the distinguished American Film Institute of Los Angeles. She is also a member of the exclusive Mexican Society of Cinematographers, AMC.

As a camera operator, Mercado has worked on numerous television programs and films, including the popular true crime documentary television program 48-Hours, the Netflix pop-culture phenomenon Stranger Things, the critically acclaimed The Nice Guys, the award winning winning I, Tonya, and the cult-classic comedy Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.

As a cinematographer, Mercado has contributed her talent to a variety of projects, from commercials, short films, and television series to documentaries and feature films such as the television series Dead Silent and The Resident, the documentary Women Behind the Camera, and the Brawny campaign for #strenghthasnogender.

Photo: Alfonso Bresciani/Amazon Studios

Mercado became involved with Black Box through the cinematographer of Evil EyeYaron Levy, whom she met at AFI. Levy introduced her to Blumhouse as the cinematographer that he felt best fit Black Box. After reading the Black Box script, Mercado indeed wanted to be a part of the project. “There’s so many challenges,” she says. “There’s so many themes. There’s so many colors.”
About collaborating with director Osei-Kuffour, Mercado says “It was nice to work with him, because he already had a lot of things [thought out].” With an array of visual ideas already connected to this script, Mercado was able to create the vivid scenes to compliment this visually complex story.

“I love that challenge of the different worlds, the different looks and the different spaces,” she says. Among the multiple Black Box scenes, two of Mercado’s favorite take place at a the church and an apartment, scenes set in the subconscious mind of Nolan.

In terms of effects for Black Box, more emphasis was put on practical effects, with very minimal CG visual effects, according to the cinematographer. “(In) a lot of transitions, we were just [using] a dolly and pushing it in and back, [with] different lighting cues,” she says. “At the very beginning [we] were in one room, and then just doing the transition with our dolly, then ended up in another lighting cue. And then, digital effects would blend the beginning and the end. But everything we did [with] practical [effects]”.

With the rise and notoriety of Mexican cinematographers in American cinema, such as Emmanuel LubezkiGuillermo NavarroAlfonzo Cuaron, and Rodrigo Prieto, Mercado sees Mexican culture as a major influence in this field. “I believe that culturally, Mexico has a lot of color, a lot of texture, a lot of flavor, and a lot of smells,” she says. “I think from the beginning we are basically surrounded by that. That influences how we see the world. How we use that to help tell the story.”

With Mercado’s ability to blend every aspect of the story into a pageantry of color, moods and textures to display each vivid scene, she creatures a distinctive visual experience. We look forward to seeing her work expand into other television and feature film projects.

Black Box is available to stream or buy/rent on Amazon Prime Video.

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Latin Heat: Blumhouse TV: “Nocturne” Visuals By Cinematographer Carmen Cabana

By Justina Bonilla

Blumhouse Television, in collaboration with Amazon Prime Studio, has debuted four new horror films under their Welcome to the Blumhouse banner. Released earlier this month on October 6th and 13th, are four supernatural and suspense-filled horror films, including The Lie, Black Box, Nocturne, and Evil Eye.

One of the films is the gothic influenced classic supernatural horror film Nocturne by writer/director Zu QuirkeNocturne follows twin sisters and classical pianist Vivian (Madison Iseman) and Juliet (Sydney Sweeny). Envious of always being second best to the talent and popularity that comes so easily to Vivian, Juliet finds an unlikely aid in outshining Vivian, in a deceased classmate’s notebook. However, the supernatural powers it poses is beyond anything Juliet could ever have imagined.

Creating the unsettling yet beautiful visuals of Nocturne is Latinx cinematographer Carmen Cabana. In our exclusive interview with Cabana, we discuss her work, Nocturne, and future professional aspirations.   

Cabana is Venezuelan and Colombian. Born in Venezuela, she spent her childhood between both Columbia and Venezuela. Originally she wanted to be a writer, however her talent for storytelling flourished behind the camera. She realized, “Not only do I have a good eye, but I love the collaboration and making the dreams come true for the director.”

At the Art Institute of Los Angeles, Cabana would receive an associate’s degree. To strengthen her cinematography knowledge, “I went nerd”, Cabana joked. She read an array of books, memorized equipment, became a PA (production assistant), and sought out mentorship, some though The ASC (The American Society of Cinematographers).

For Cabana, her first opportunity to display her talents as the lead cinematographer was the Starz television drama series VidaVida, created by the show’s creator and showrunner Tanya Saracho, follows two polar opposite Mexican-American sisters, who are reunited in East Los Angeles after the death of their mother. They are forced to deal with the issues between them while re-educating themselves about what a true family is and living back in East Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Amazon Studios

“[Vida] was a game-changer for me”, Cabana recalled. “I wanted to show the life within the life”. Using vibrant colors and her signature color combinations, she brought to the screen the colors she saw during her exploration of the environment of East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights. Highlighting the beauty of this community, while also showing the candidness of real life. She would bring this knowledge and visual expression to another major series in her career Netflix’s High Fidelity.   

Cabana became interested in working on Nocturne for multiple reasons. Most notably, the story, the artistic direction of the film, and the opportunity to work on a Blumhouse film.

After reading the scriptfor Nocturne, Cabana stated, “I could relate to the point we all desire to be perfect in a certain sense, in what we do, and desire that recognition. It’s just so hard to get.” Further stating, “I felt that it was a different type of horror. It wasn’t horror that was based on boo and blood. Nocturne, it’s actually a slow cooking film, it kind of creeps under your skin.” She also saw how Nocturne, “Kind of like Neon Demon was unsettling in the same way. That it doesn’t really scare you but disturbs you.”

Photo Credit: Amazon Studios

“I wanted to get in with the Blumhouse family because I love all of their movies,” Cabana enthusiastically expressed. “That to me was a dream come true.” She hopes to work on other Blumhouse film productions or Blumhouse Television projects in the future.

On evaluating the script for Nocturne, Cabana realized, “On Nocturne, from the script without having a creative discussion with the director, I felt the influence was on anime, particularly Satoshi Kon.” Kon was a respected Japanese filmmaker within the anime and manga culture, best known for the films Perfect BlueTokyo Godfathers, and Paprika.

Two films that influenced the visuals of Nocturne were Raw and Black Swan. Cabana elaborated, “[Raw] sort of had that desaturated look and it had a lot of subjective cameras, where it would show her mental state rather than what the situation is”. She continued, “Black Swan is an adaptation of the Satoshi Kon anime Perfect BlueNocturne in a way had that similar element of the character wanting to be more and going to her head, and losing herself.”

Photo Credit: Amazon Studios

In terms of the visuals of Nocturne, Cabana noted, “The director and I, we wanted to use the bleach bypass, which is this saturated look that you saw in the environments. It represents the lackluster of [Juliet’s] life.” Further elaborating, “She was always too close to something, but never able to get there.”

Within the film, some colors are strikingly bold. For example, Juliet’s unicorn pajamas symbolized her desire to be the favorite child and to be seen as unique, rather than as second best to her sister. While “Mozart represented what she wanted to become”, Cabana explained. Blood expressed the negative feelings Juliet has, such as revenge and jealously. Other bright colors sprinkled throughout the film represent the paranormal and the world within Juliet’s mind.

Throughout Nocturne there was also a strong use of shadows. However, a creative challenge for Cabana was utilizing an environment of small spaces and bright walls to create shadows. Cabana shared how, “It had to be very precise and very sharp with the lighting, in order to create that mood”. Emphasizing the importance of shadows, Cabana believes, “Shadows are very important because they represent the things that you hide. And the character was just hiding so much, from the world, from herself.”

Inspired by the influence of her own mentorship, Cabana mentors and teaches because she shared, “I love mentoring, teaching and giving back; helping to build the next generation”. In her spare time Cabana teaches master classes and workshops internationally.“

Photo Credit: Amazon Studios

In March of 2019, Cabana started her own production company Cinecabana. She revealed, “[Cinecabana] so far has invested in writers who are developing stories that I am passionate about telling with female leads and a diverse cast”. Further explaining, “I like [famous Hollywood actor and director] Clint Eastwood’s model with what he has done with Malpaso Productions, so I am slowly growing [Cinecabana]”.

For now, Cinecabana is a company Cabana is funding through her cinematography paychecks. However, she sees the possibility of it growing into, “the bridge between incredible stories and financing”.

With the stunning visuals Cabana has brought to the screen, what we have witness is just the beginning of a marvelous career.

Nocturne is available to stream or buy/rent on Amazon Prime Videos.





Latin Horror: Exclusive: KURT SAYENGA: The Showrunner and Director behind, ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror’

AMC’s highly anticipated second season of the documentary miniseries Eli Roth’s History of Horror, premiered Saturday, October 10th 10/9c. Season one is available to stream on Shudder and AMC+, with the DVD/Blu-ray available now.

Eli Roth’s History of Horror‘ shares a place in the AMC Visionaries series, which looks to document both the artistic and sociopolitical influences of a highlighted aspects of pop culture, alongside ‘James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction‘ and ‘Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics‘. This series hosted and executive produced by the celebrated horror director Eli Roth, best known for the notorious horror films ‘Hostel and ‘Cabin Fever.

Accompanying the second season of this television series is a second series of the podcast, ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror Uncut. Season two, like season one, features uncut and unfiltered interviews of talent featured on the show, including actor Bill Hader and actress Megan Fox.

“[Horror] is a genre made by outsiders and misfits, for outsiders and misfits of all colors, sexual orientations, genders [and] religious beliefs.” – Sayenga

‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror’ showrunner/director KURT SAYENGA.

The creative talent behind the camera for the series and podcast is the showrunner, director, writer, executive producer, and primary interviewer, Kurt Sayenga. In our exclusive interview with Sayenga, he shares with Latin Horror his past career accomplishments, his passion for horror, some behind the scenes magic, and hopes for a season three.

A major influence on Sayenga, as a creative leader, interviewer, and writer, was in the 1980’s Washington DC Punk rock scene. He shared that his interest for the scene started, because, “I love music, and I loved underground music. I just naturally fell into that set of friends”.

Among Sayenga’s DC punk friends included band members of Fugazi, one of the most famous and influential bands from that scene. He designed many of Fugazi’s early album covers, most notably ‘Steady Diet of Nothing and ‘13 Songs.

In the late 1980’s, Sayenga created the underground magazine ‘Greed‘ (1986-1989), where he was the editor and head writer. He started the magazine noticing how, “I knew all of these people who I thought had a lot to say and wanted to express themselves artistically, and they could do it through music, but there really wasn’t another way to do it.”.

The content of ‘Greed focused on music and comics, which gave Sayenga the unique opportunity to interview a multitude of talents overlooked by mainstream media, from punk luminaries Sonic Youth to comic trailblazers Los Bros Hernandez. Sayenga noted the experience he gained from ‘Greed‘, “Made it a lot easier for me as an interviewer. At this point, I’ve interviewed thousands of people.”

In the early 1990’s, Sayenga began working in television programming, at The Discovery Channel. At first, Sayenga recalled, “I had a job just watching television programs for them. Just things they would acquire and writing whether if they were worth putting on, or not. Then, somebody decided to do a show on WWII, and they’re looking for somebody new that could write about WWII. History was one of my majors in college, so I took that and wrote that.”

Through writing, Sayenga found his way deeper into post-production work at The Discovery Channel as a director, producer, and showrunner for science documentary films and series, especially science ordinated. Most notably ‘Through the Wormhole, ‘Breakthrough‘, and ‘Stuff Happens’ Hosted by Bill Nye.

Having a strong connection to science, Sayenga recalled, “I grew up in a family that was science-based.” Adding, “We were also interested in rockets, engines and how things work. I think that interest has come out in a lot of the films I’ve done”.

Sayenga also believes, “This country just needs science programing that people can sit and watch and not be bored to tears by. That’s really what I’ve tried to do, is to try and make them fun and interesting”. Creating entertaining documentary programming, contributed to the dark captivating visuals of ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror‘.

When becoming involved with ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror‘, Sayenga joked, “I just talked my way into it”. Having a vast knowledge and passion for film history and being a horror fan, Sayenga was the perfect choice for this series. His favorite horror films include John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing, Universal’s ‘Frankenstein‘ and ‘Bride of Frankenstein, anything Alfred Hitchcock (The LodgerFrenzyPsycho), ‘Audition‘, and ‘Carrie.

Over the two seasons, Sayenga has interviewed nearly a hundred and sixty people. Happily sharing, “In this case, it’s just been pure fun talking to people. Because most of the people I talk to, also love movies and love horror. So, there is always something to talk about.” Among his favorite interviews are special effects artist Greg Nicotero, director and musician Rob Zombie, and legendary horror director Joe Dante. Sayenga praised Dante as, “A walking film encyclopedia and has something interesting to say, or usually know the backstory to every film you can ever think of”.

When collaborating with Roth, Sayenga revealed, “We’ve never had a disagreement about anything. If anything, it’s always just Eli always wants more stuff, and as do I”. Their biggest challenge with content is keeping episodes within the forty-two-minute limits.

Sayenga also revealed, “Through knowing Eli, I’ve been exposed to a lot of things I never would have seen, like ‘Emmanuelle and the Last Cannibals, in particular.” Both have shown interest in the possibility of a book version of the series, if the opportunity comes. For now, the focus is on the show and the accompanying podcast.

Season one highlighted an array of horror talent, including Latino talent, both in front of, and behind the camera. Most notably, Guillermo Del Toro (Cronos, Pan’s Labyrinth, and The Shape of Water), Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk till Dawn), George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead) and brother-sister duo, director Andy Muschietti, and producer Barbara Muschietti of ‘It‘ (2017) and ‘It Chapter Two (2019).

For season two, the two notable films with strong Latino influences are analyzed, the classic 1933 ‘King Kong and ‘UsKing Kong’s special effects featured a creative collaboration with the trailblazing duo Willis H. O’Brien and the Mexican sculptor and model maker Marcel Delgado. Delgado went on to work on special effects on an array of iconic films of the Golden Age of Hollywood, most notably ‘The Wizard of Oz, ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and ‘Marry Poppins. ‘Us features the Kenyan-Mexican Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, as its leading actress. After Us, Nyong’o went on to star in ‘Little Monsters making a name for herself in horror.

Spanish horror is also analyzed in season two, through two films, ‘To Kill a Child‘ and ‘Pieces. ‘To Kill a Child‘, a critical analysis of the impact of war on children was directed by Spanish-Argentine director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador. Pieces‘, is a slasher cult classic, directed by Spanish cult film director Juan Piquer Simón, which became enthralled in the UK “Video Nasty” controversy of the early 1980s, due to its boundary-pushing imagery.

Another influential film mentioned in the series is the rebellious, yet controversial horror film ‘Cannibal Holocaust‘. Though an Italian film, it included Indigenous Latinos in its cast and was filmed in Leticia, Amazona, in southern Colombia. This film falls under the unique class of Latino ordinated horror films made outside of the Americas continent or Spain. The majority of films made in the genre known as Latin Horror comes from the United States, Latin America, or films of the Americas collaborated with Spain.

Sayenga and Roth hope for the possibility of a third season, which they would like to explore in-depth the topics of classic horror and international horror, including Latin Horror. Possible Latino stars and film creators who could highlight Latin Horror in film and television history could be Guillermo Del Toro, Robert Rodriguez, Issa Lopez, Gigi Saul Gurrero, Alejandro Burgés, Danny Trejo, Benicio Del Toro, and Andy and Barbara Muschietti. Notable films which could also be mentioned: ‘Santo Sangre‘, ‘Good Manners‘, Tigers Are Not Afraid‘, ‘El Vampiro‘, ‘Hostel, Universal’s Spanish language ‘Dracula‘, and ‘The Purge‘ franchise. In American horror television, Showtime’s ‘Dexter was heavily influenced by Latino culture, set in Miami, Florida, with Latinos in essential cast positions (Lauren Vélez and David Zayas) and as special guest stars (Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos).

Toward the end of our interview, Sayenga expressed how “I hope that [the audience] will see this and both learn a few things or at least revisit some of the films that they know…And they will seek them out”. Further elaborating, “Overall [audiences] will see just how flexible the genre is and how many different styles it can contain and that’s really its beauty.”

List of Season Two Episodes:

Episode 1: “Houses of Hell” (October 10)

Explores the famous and infamous houses in horror, from haunted houses, to isolated cabins, and murder homes. Familiar faces from season one, including Stephen King and Rob Zombie speak about the homes that haunt our dreams, from the infamous The Amityville Horror to the blood-drenched House of 1000 Courses.

Episode 2: “Monsters” (October 17)

A unique episode evaluating the history and evolution of special effects in horror from practical special effects to CGI. A few of the impressive monsters in this episode, are the alien from Alien, the monstrosities of The Thing, and the groundbreaking special effects of the 1933 classic King Kong.

Episode 3: “Body Horror” (October 24)

A subgenre of horror which has a vast definition from creatures to torture, infused with a wildly wicked imagination. Highlighted unforgettable films which are covered, are the experimental Videodrome, the tragic tale The Fly, and the bone-chilling Audition.

Episode 4: “Witches” (October 31)

Premiering most appropriately on Halloween, examines the female-dominated horror genre, with director Arti Aster as a featured episode guest. Among the films are silent and visually groundbreaking film Haxan, current hit The VVitch and the classic Suspiria.

Episode 5: “Chilling Children” (November 7)

An in-depth evaluation of the role of children in horror, especially as predators. Child horror stars are interviewed and presented with their notable films, such as Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) and, Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed).

Episode 6: “Nightmare Nine” (November 14)

Highlights nine nearly unclassifiable horror films and their influences in the genre as a whole. These nine films feature the groundbreaking The Wicker ManThe Bird with the Crystal Plumage, and the controversial Pieces.

There will be SANGRE!


The Frida Cinema Blog: African American Documentaries Part 2 :Groundbreaking African American Women

Continuing our 3-part documentary blog series highlighting the history, culture, and influence of African Americans in America, are 10 documentaries streaming now, honoring groundbreaking and history-making African American Women.

10. A Ballerina’s Tale

Misty Copeland is the first African American female principal ballet dancer at the world-renowned American Ballet Theatre. Battling the conventional standards of the world of classical ballet and a potentially career-ending injury, Copeland has blossomed into one of the most famous ballerinas in America.

9. American Masters: Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll

Pioneering singer, electric guitarist, and songwriter Sister Rosetta Tharpe aka “The Godmother of Rock and Roll”, created a revolutionary musical and lyrical style of gospel, becoming a major part of the foundation of early rock and roll. Her work heavily influenced the first generation of rock and roll royalty, such as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

8. American Masters: Althea

Althea Gibson was the first African American woman to take the international tennis world by storm in the 1940s and 1950s. Through her tennis career was short-lived, she made history by becoming the first African American of any gender to win the Grand Slam tournament in 1956.

7. Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, directs this documentary, examining the life, career, and legacy of the groundbreaking LGBT+ comedian Moms Mabley. Mabley, one of the most cutting-edge comedians of the 1960s, addressed everything from civil rights to female sexuality, while breaking down color and gender barriers in standup comedy on television.

6. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson was a transgender LGBT+ advocate and a beloved icon of the 1960s gay rights movement, who died of an apparent suicide in 1992. Trans right activist Vitoria Cruz, investigates the unsolved questions of Johnson’s tragic death, which was not given a proper police investigation, while also celebrating Johnson’s impact.

5. The Loving Story

The interracial love story between Mildred and Richard Loving is responsible for one of the most important civil rights era supreme court ruling against segregation, Loving v. The State of Virginia. Mildred, a soft-spoken Virginian housewife, took the initiative to have her interracial marriage recognized legally in their native Virginia, becoming in the process a civil rights advocate.

4. Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed

This Peabody Award-winning documentary highlights the challenges and triumphs of the pioneering politician, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. In the height of the civil rights movement, Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress (1969-1983), the first African American of any gender to run for president, and the first woman to run for the presidential nomination for the Democrat Party.

3. (In)Visible Portraits

Over a three-year period, first-time director Oge Egbuonu, collected an array of stories from Black female scholars and historians, to everyday Black women and girls, creating, “a love letter to Black women”. A documentary from the heart, Egbuonu shows how despite the challenges Black women have faced historically and currently in America, they continue to rise up, breaking gender and racial glass ceilings.

2. I Am Somebody

This trailblazing civil rights documentary, directed by Madeline Anderson, is recognized as the first half-hour documentary to be directed by African American female member for the DGA (Director’s Guild of America). It follows the strike of African American hospital and nursing home employees, working to form a union and receive higher wages, with help from Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

1.     4 Little Girls

Spike Lee’s profoundly heart-wrenching documentary of how four girls, Addie Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair, who lost their lives in the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, on September 15, 1963, changed America forever. Lee’s signature impactful and in-depth style of storytelling makes this film an essential documentary of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, becoming a preserved film in the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress. 


Latin Heat: Neil deGrasse Tyson: Our Guide to the Cosmos and Beyond

By Justina Bonilla

With the success of the FOX series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey comes the newest installment Cosmos: Possible Worlds, hosted by one of America’s most esteemed and well-known science personalities, astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Broadcast Premiere of Cosmos: Possible Worlds is Tuesday, September 22 (8/7c).

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Photo: Miranda Penn Turin/Fox

In the world of science and nature television programs, Dr. Tyson has become a positive influence in the promotion of science literacy and respect for nature, alongside contemporaries Bill Nye (Bill Nye the Science Guy), Dr. Michio Kaku (How the Universe Works), Sir David Attenborough (Planet Earth and Life on Earth), and the late Dr. Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time and Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking) (1942-2018). 

Dr. Tyson was born in 1958, in Manhattan, New York, to sociologist and civil rights activist father Cyril Tyson and to gerontologist and Puerto Rican mother Sunchita Feliciano Tyson. At 9-years-old Dr. Tyson first visited his local planetarium, igniting his interest in the universe. By age 11 he decided he wanted to be an astrophysicist.

“I grew up in a house where curiosity was nurtured, and my ambitions were supported,” Dr. Tyson shared in an exclusive interview with Latin Heat. “It was the attitude that pervaded the household that I think served me.” As a part of their parental nurturing of his interest, Feliciano Tyson took Dr. Tyson as a child, to her family’s native Arecibo, Puerto Rico to see the Arecibo Observatory, which is a radio telescope.

In 1980, Dr. Tyson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. Later, he received his MA degree in Astronomy in 1983, from the University of Texas at Austin. At Columbia University, Dr. Tyson earned an MPhil (Masters in Philosophy) degree in astrophysics, in 1989 followed by his Ph.D. degree in astrophysics in 1991.

Currently, alongside his Cosmos hosting duties, Dr. Tyson is also the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, NY. He also hosts his own talk show StarTalk, with over 1.29 million subscribers on YouTube, where “Science meets pop culture”… StarTalk.

Someday Dr. Tyson hopes to have both former President Obama as a guest on StarTalk. “[President Obama] is actually highly scientifically literate,” Dr. Tyson noted. “Rumor has it, I haven’t double-checked this, that when he was in law school he wrote a paper, a law paper, that explored some intersection between some legal case and quantum physics. So I always wanted to sit him down and ask him about that.” Previous presidential guest includes President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, and Vice-President Al Gore.

As an author Dr. Tyson has written sixteen books, including The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet (2009), Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (2017), and Letters from an Astrophysicist (2019).  Along with public speaking engagements, he has also appeared on an array of films and television shows such as Superman v Batman Dawn of JusticeThe Big Bang TheoryGravity Falls, and is a frequent guest on multiple talk shows.

Dr. Carl Sagan
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The original 1980 PBS Cosmos program, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, was hosted by Dr. Carl Sagan (1934-1996). Dr. Sagan was an immensely influential scientific figure in the 1970s and 1980s, most notably, as an author, science communicator, and college professor. He specialized in numerous scientific fields, including astronomy, astrobiology, astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, and space science. Dr. Sagan co-wrote Cosmos: A Personal Journey, with wife Ann Druyan. Druyan is the creator, as well as a producer and writer for both Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Cosmos: Possible Worlds.

Seth MacFarlane
Photo: Art Streiber

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, found its way to FOX TV, as a result of animation trailblazer Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) meeting Dr. Tyson through The Science and Entertainment Exchange. Inspired, by what Dr. Tyson shared with him about revitalizing Cosmos for the 21st Century, MacFarlane, both an admirer of Dr. Sagan and the original Cosmos series, brought Cosmos to FOX, beginning his collaboration with Dr. Tyson and Druyan. Thus, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiered in 2014 to both critical praise and audience popularity.

Dr. Tyson is a fitting successor to Dr. Sagan as host for Cosmos due to his immense passion and eternal curiosity of science. According to Dr. Tyson’s sister Lynn Tyson, “What [Neil] is able to do is to demystify science. And that is the ultimate equalizer.” Adding “I think particularly with science, some people feel there is a barrier. Scientist talk formulas, scientists use big words. Neil has broken all that down, and has a way of communicating that allows for people to connect to the information.” (Quoted from an interview on CBS Sunday Morning, 2017).

In both A Spacetime Odyssey and Possible Worlds, Dr. Tyson uses the “Ship of Imagination” to travel far into space, time, and the unseen worlds of Earth. If Dr. Tyson had access to this versatile ship in real life, “I would choose an occasion in the past, where major events unfolded.” He went on to elaborate, “I would want to observe the formation of the solar system, for example, and watch the planets corrales out of the swirling gases that is the disc of material, of the newborn star system, and the newborn star we call the sun. Then I would want to watch the formation of the moon.” Dr. Tyson continued, “All evidence suggests that it’s the consequence of a sideswiping collision that Earth had with a Mars-sized protoplanet.”

Finally, Dr. Tyson would want to watch the asteroid which took out the dinosaurs. “You don’t want to interfere with that.” Because, as Dr. Tyson explained, “You want to make sure it takes them out so that mammals have some chance of rising up from underfoot, under T-Rex’s feet, where he would otherwise be serving us up as Hors d’Oeuvres”.

For Cosmos: Possible Worlds, one of Dr. Tyson’s favorite locations to film pre-COVID, is FAST (the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope), in southwest China. Putting the vast size of FAST into perspective, Dr. Tyson elaborated, “We began [this interview] talking about the Arecibo radio telescope. That’s a huge telescope. Its three-football field across. The FAST telescope, has twice the collecting area of the Arecibo telescope. So, no longer does the United States have the largest telescope in the world, China does”.

Ann Druyan
Photo: Miranda Penn Turin/FOX

When asking about the possibility of a fourth season of Cosmos, Dr. Tyson mentioned that that decision would be heavily influenced by Druyan. “[Druyan] is a brilliant storyteller,” Dr. Tyson reveals. She is the notable writing talent whose work has majorly impacted all three Cosmos series. Dr. Tyson noted with admiration, “When you’re that creative you’re thinking all the time. And even if there isn’t a show scheduled, or funded, or planned, you would still research that, and have it ready to roll.”

Observing the influence Cosmos has had on media, pop culture, and science, Dr. Tyson concluded, “What Cosmos has done successfully, I think, is highlighting for people the history of this quest to understand this world around us. And, how we can harness our discoveries, the fruits of that quest, to empower us to become shepherds of our own lives, our own loved ones, and civilization itself”.

Cosmos: Possible Worlds airs on Fox, September 22, at 8/7c.


Latin Heat: Blumhouse: Finding Horror Success With Latinos

By Justina Bonilla

Blumhouse Productions has become an influential voice in Hollywood with its diverse Academy Award-winning dramas (Whiplash (2014), Get Out (2017), and BlacKKKlansman (2018) and signature micro-budget strategy. However, it is beloved among horror fans for its influential pop-culture horror films (Get OutParanormal Activity (2009), and The Purge (2013).

A unique aspect of Blumhouse’s horror properties is its increasing inclusion of ethnic talent, including Latinos in front of and behind the camera. Most notably The Purge the USA/Syfy television series, the Hulu Into the Dark anthology series, and the feature film Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Latino audiences are major consumers of horror content, especially films. In 2018 The Wrap reported that, “According Warner Bros. and comScore data from [The Nun’s] $53.5 million domestic opening weekend, the best for a Conjuring film and second-best for a September release, 36% of the audience was Latino, up from 17% for The Conjuring and 26% for last year’s Annabelle: Creation. On top of that, Mexico was the top overseas market with $10.7 million grossed.”

Jason Blum
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Blumhouse was founded by Jason Blum in 2000 where he currently serves as CEO and producer for several of its film and television projects. The production company became a contemporary Hollywood trailblazer with its philosophy of micro-budget films, with high concept stories, and giving filmmakers creative freedom. Their first horror hit was the groundbreaking Paranormal Activity. Made for $15,000 (Paramount added another $200,000 in post before it was released) the film went on to earn nearly $200 million worldwide. The success of their first film led to Blumhouse producing five more prequels and sequels, creating the Paranormal Activity film series franchise comprised of some of the most profitable and popular horror films in Hollywood, most notably among Latino audiences.

“Latinos make up a significant portion of the theater-going audience, and they are a valuable audience for Blumhouse,” Blum declares. “We know that our audiences want to see themselves in the stories they see on the big screen and we’re committed to bringing more stories to life, that reflect different backgrounds, points of view, and people.”

Blumhouse has an array of theatrically released horror films starring Latino leads; from Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door (2015) to Jessica Alba in The Veil (2016) and Michael Peña in Fantasy Island (2020). Their other films that feature Latino leads include, The Green Inferno (2015) and Paranormal Activities: The Marked Ones (2014). Latinos have also appeared in supportive roles, most notably in the second film of The Purge series, The Purge: Anarchy (2014), such as Nicholas Gonzalez (The Good Doctor), Justina Machado (One Day At A Time), and Noel Gugliemi (Training Day).]

Andre Jacobs in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Photo: Paramount Pictures

Paranormal Activities: The Marked Ones, is one of the films from the six-film Paranormal Activities franchise, which had a total franchise budget of $28 million and a worldwide gross of $890.5 million. This film was specifically Latino themed with Latino leads. With a $5 million dollar budget, its worldwide gross was nearly $91 million. Its cast of young Latino actors featured Andrew Jacobs (Trinkets), Jorge Diaz (East Los High), Richard Cabral (Mayans MC), and Carlos Pratts (McFarland USA).

After the financial success of the four The Purge films, (The PurgeThe Purge: Anarchy (2014), The Purge: Election Year (2016), and The First Purge (2018), with a combined budget of $35 million dollars, and a total worldwide gross of $457.1 million, that’s when the TV series followed.

Marci Wiseman
Photo: Blumhouse
Jeremy Gold
Photo: Blumhouse

In an exclusive interview with Latin Heat, Marci Wiseman, and Jeremy Gold, the two Co-Presidents of Blumhouse Television spoke with us about the importance of Latinos at Blumhouse, both as fans and content creators.

“It makes us enormously proud and happy that these filmmakers of such unique talents are getting recognized and their work is so well received,” Gold explained. “That is incredibly gratifying for us, of course, and for them. And as a studio across both film and television, we are deeply committed to not only discovering, but also continuing to nurture and provide a real platform for upcoming diverse voices.”

The USA/Syfy TV series The Purge (2018-2019) follows the basic plot of the film series. A contemporary America under a totalitarian government, which allows the legalization of all crimes for one day a year, from 7 PM to 7 AM, including the worst kinds of murder possible.

Pola Núñez in The Purge
Photo: Alfonso Bresciani USA/Blumhouse

Series regulars in season one featured Gabriel Chavarria and Jessica Garza as brother and sister Miguel and Penelope Guerrero. Miguel, a US marine is desperately looking for Penelope during the Purge, to save her from becoming a Purge sacrifice. While, season two featured Paola Núñez as Esme Carmona, an NFFA government employee. Though Carmona sees herself as a valuable employee, she eventually becomes an enemy of the state. The Latino directorial talent for The Purge includes Jamie Reynoso (S2. E9. “Grief Box”) and Gigi Saul Guerrero (S2. E9. “Hail Mary”).

Gold explained the decision to hire Latino directors and talent in the lead roles for The Purge TV show, “We really value [the Latinx] fan base highly and we actively work to make sure that, that was represented across the series, and it was partially important on that show, [for] both of the talent in front of and behind the camera. And we are very proud of that The Purge series,” he said. “We had lots of Latinx directors and writers. That element of the series really seemed to land with the audience.”

Since 2018, Blumhouse’s streaming horror anthology Hulu series Into the Dark, releases a new installment each month, highlighting American holidays from Fourth of July to Christmas. This series has been a highly successful vehicle for showcasing the work of several Latino directors.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, three out of the top five highest-rated Into the Dark episodes, Culture ShockPooka!, and Pooka Lives!, were directed by Latinos.

Culture Shock, directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero, takes a gritty look at the border crisis issue. Marisol (Martha Higareda), a young Mexican woman takes the risk of crossing undocumented into America for her “American Dream”, only to find herself in a nightmare beyond her wildest dreams.

When selecting Guerrero to be a part of the Into the Dark series, Wiseman shared, “The feature [film] department is very aware of Gigi’s multitude of shorts, all in the horror space and had been keeping their eye on her.” After Guerrero pitched her take on the material, Wiseman noted, “We loved her take. We loved what she said she was going to do with it. And the rest is history.” The trust in Guerrero paid off. Culture Shock is rated on Rotten Tomatoes at 100%.

Nacho Vigalondo (Photo: Vigalondo)

Pooka! directed by Nacho Vigalondo is a unique Christmas horror tale. After struggling actor Wilson (Nyasha Hatendi) finds success as the Pooka mascot, he starts to see that Pooka bring out aside of him he’s struggling to control. The sequel Pooka Lives!, directed by Alejandro Brugués, takes the Pooka horror online. A group of friends create the online challenge #pookachallange as a joke, only for the challenge to go viral, causing deadly results.

“[Into the Dark] became a really great forum for us to work with all kinds of film makers, from all different walks of life,” Wiseman explained.

The Blumhouse backed Crypt TV is a successful digital network co-founded by Jack Davis and director/writer Eli Roth. Crypt TV focuses on making short horror web content, including individual short horror videos and multiple series of short horror videos. Their YouTube channel has over three-million subscribers and over 460 short videos, with millions of views. Many of the shorts feature diverse talent and content makers, most notably Guerrero.

Earlier this year Blumhouse Television announced it had secured the rights to adapt the popular two-season horror podcast The Horror of Dolores Roach into a drama series for TV. Podcast creator Aaron Mark will serve as showrunner for the Amazon series which follow Roach (Daphne Rubin-Vega) upon her return to her New York neighborhood after a sixteen-year stint in prison.

NALIP 2020 Honoree. Photo: NALIP

Mexican writer and director Issa López (Tigers Are Not Afraid) was announced in May 2020, to be writing and directing the film Our Lady of Tears for Blumhouse, based on the article “The Haunting of Girlstown” by In 2007, Villa de las Niñas, an all-girls Catholic boarding school on the fringes of Mexico City, faced an epidemic of mass hysteria, with supernatural origins.

Blumhouse’s outreach within the Latino community was further cemented in January of this year when Blum partnered with LA Collab, an organization which seeks to collaborate with industry talent and entities to create opportunities for Latinos in Hollywood. Blum shared with Latin Heat how he became involved, “One of LA Collab’s co-founders Ivette Rodriguez reached out to Blumhouse’s Head of Marketing, Karen Barragan about the collaboration, and when she told me about the initiative I was eager to throw our support behind the effort.”

Blum went on to explain, “We have found LA Collab to be a great resource in connecting us with top talent and filmmakers, and we really liked that LA Collab had a clearly defined goal of increasing authentic Latino representation (in front and behind the camera) in the entertainment industry by 100% by 2030.”

Blum joined a multitude of Hollywood luminaries and other production entities which include director JJ AbramsEva LongoriaOzzie Areu of Areu Bros. Studios, Warner Media, producer Eli Roth, and actor/producers Edward James Olmos and Eugenio Derbez for the launch of LA Collab, which was founded in partnership with the Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Blumhouse has become a leading force in the horror industry by showing its ability to find, nurture, and elevate talent of color in horror. “Traditionally, we have always loved ghost stories and the macabre and Gothic tales,” Edwin Pagan, who runs the horror genre centric, told NPR in 2015. “They’re just sewn into the fabric of who we are as a people.” And so, the avid Latino audience awaits to see what new “horror” Blumhouse has in store for them.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is streaming on Apple iTunesAmazon Prime Video and other major platforms.

The Purge tv series is streaming on HuluAmazon Prime Video, and other major platforms.

Into the Dark is exclusively streaming on Hulu.


Latin Horror: AMC announces second season of ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror’

Masters of horror—icons and stars who define the genre—explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present.

LATIN HORROR AMC announced the highly anticipated second season of the horror TV-mini series Eli Roth’s History of Horror, to air on Saturday October 10, 2020 at 10/9c.

In season one, each episode covered in-depth, an array of some of the most famous and popular monsters in horror, from Dracula to zombies and killer clowns. Highlighting influential horror films and television shows, from America (Psycho) to foreign (The Ring).

Full episode list of Season One:

1.1: Zombies
Zombies are the monsters of the 21st century, and America’s major contribution to horror. What set off zombie fever? All roads lead to George Romero, who made zombies a metaphor for social ills.

1.2: Slashers Part 1
Slasher films killed in the ’80s, but their violence, perceived misogyny, and endless sequels almost ended the genre. Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Campbell and Rob Zombie on how supernatural killers like Chucky and Freddy saved them from extinction.

1.3: Slashers Part 2
Slashers got sophisticated in the ’90s, evolving from Freddy Kreuger to Candyman to the terrifying Hannibal Lecter. The 2000s brought “torture porn” – a response to post-9/11 panic.

1.4: The Demon Inside
The fear that demons will enter our bodies and make us do terrible things has inspired some of the most frightening films ever made. Jordan Peele, Linda Blair and Diablo Cody discuss masterpieces such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.

1.5: Killer Creatures
Monsters hold a special place in the history of horror. Stephen King, Tippi Hedren and Joe Dante weigh in on the killer predators in nature, the nightmare creatures of the fantastic, and the monsters inside us, waiting to escape.

1.6: Vampires
Modern vampires come in many guises, but they all address our fascination with sex and death. From the ghastly Count Orlok to the glam vampires of True Blood, John Landis, Josh Hartnett, Mick Garris and others take a look at why thirsty fiends are endlessly appealing.

1.7: Ghost Stories
Ghost movies have been with us since the dawn of cinema. Some ghosts are benevolent, some ghosts are malicious, but they all represent the mystery of what happens to us after we die. Stephen King, Haley Joel Osment and others break down the appeal of spooky spirits.

Season two, according to, will include horror topics such as: “Magic-Wielding Witches”, “Misshapen Monsters”, “Infamously Evil Youngsters”, “Hell Houses”, and “Body Horror”.

“I’m so thrilled to be continuing this historic series with AMC,” Roth shared in a statement when Season Two was announced. “In Season One, we had the most incredible conversations with the top creators in the field who really helped fans around the world appreciate the horror genre in a new light….we look forward to going even deeper in Season Two, bringing out the A-listers to share their stories with everyone for all-time and adding more and more films to the canon. AMC is the perfect network to partner with on a passion project like this and we can’t wait to get started.”

Interviewees from season one included an array of horror experts and talent, with horror legends such as Stephen King (It and Pet Cemetery), Jordan Peele (Get Out), and Joe Dante (Gremlins and The Howling). AMC also noted season two will feature these and other familiar interviewers from season one. It will also feature many new interviews, including actors Bill Hader and Megan Fox.

Season one is now available to stream on Shudder, Amazon Prime, and YouTubeTV. The DVD will be available in America on October 6, 2020, just in time for Halloween.  

Additional History of Horror content can be found on Shudder with the Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut (Podcast), featuring horror icons from Tony Todd (Candyman), to Tippi Hedren (The Birds), and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead).

While Latino participation tends to be overlooked when discussing horror cinematic history, History of Horror payed homage to Latino groundbreakers in horror, including Guillermo del Toro, Robert Rodriguez, and the “King of the Zombies”, George A. Romero. We look forward to seeing what movies and monsters make the cut.

Maybe, there is a change we might see other groundbreaking Latino horror films such as Alucarda, Daughter of DarknessSanta Sangre, or Poison for the Fairies. Or, mentions of Latino cornerstones characters in horror, including La Llorona, Coffin Joe, or El Santo.