AMC Announces ‘Shock Theater’ and ‘Wicked West’ Anthologies and Eli Roth’s ‘History of Horror’

by Nick Banks

AMC was busy at the annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour, announcing over a dozen new series and specials, and many of them are sure to be of interest to horror fans including the scripted horror anthology Shock Theater from Greg Nicotero, Blumhouse’s Wicked West “true tales” anthology, and AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror.

Shock Theater is described in the official press release as throw-back to classic Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits where “…each episode will be a brand-new sci-fi horror tale in the style of the B movie classics.”  Nicotero will serve as the director and producer of the new series.

Blumhouse Televison’s Wicked West will “…uncover(s) the most frightening and disturbing tales from the Wild West. And they’re all true. Wicked West utilizes Blumhouse’s chilling cinematic style on this weekly series, telling stories of sadistic serial killers, murderous black widows, bloodthirsty family clans and local legends laced with the supernatural. With a tense horror, modern cinematic style, Wicked West brings a haunting approach to the untold stories of the bloodbath known as the American West.”

Roth was on hand at TCA to discuss his six part History of Horror mini-series and said that “I’m thrilled to be part of this incredible series. For years, I’ve wanted to create a definitive ‘History of Horror,’ a living record of the genre with interviews from all the greats, old and new.  Sadly, we lose more of these masters every year and with them go their stories and experiences. This show will serve as a record for future generations – fans and filmmakers alike – to enjoy. I could not be prouder to create this with AMC.”

Along with Roth, AMC will also be producing Visionary series based on Science Fiction, Comic Books, Video Games, Martial Arts, Hip-Hop, and more. These specials will also be hosted by prominent genre creators with Robert Kirkman guiding viewers through the history of comic books (Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comic Books) and James Cameron bringing viewers to new worlds with his exploration of the history of science fiction (James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction).  

AMC: Visionaries is scheduled to start in 2017 with Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics in November and continue into 2018 (and beyond) with Roth and Cameron’s series.  No timeline has been announced for Shock Theater and Wicked West at this time, but stay tuned to HNN for continued updates on these projects.



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