Published on October 8th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Kurt Sayenga On The New Season Of “Eli Roth’s History Of Horror,” D.C.’s Punk Rock Scene & More

The “most wonderful time of the year” for Shudder kicked off earlier this month with its “61 Days of Halloween” annual event, as featuring a slate of weekly new movie premieres and original series debuts. This includes a new Halloween special with Joe Bob Briggs (and more specials to be announced), horror film favorites (e.g. Brian De Palma’s Carrie, Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, a new edition of Shudder’s beloved “Ghoul Log,” and the return of Shudder’s Halloween Hotline, where members can receive live, personalized movie recommendations from Shudder’s head curator Samuel Zimmerman.

Staying on-brand with the aforementioned “61 Days of Halloween,” Shudder’s parent company AMC recently launched the third season of Eli Roth’s History Of Horror. As with prior seasons of the show, season 3 of Eli Roth’s History of Horror explores the fun and the fear of scary films, both timeless classics and wildly-frightening films that flew under the radar. This season tackles the topics of Sequels (That Don’t Suck), Infections, Psychics, Apocalyptic Horror, Holiday Horror and Mad Scientists. Master of Horror Eli Roth, who also executive produces the series, returns as host with an all-star lineup of interviewees including Cate Blanchett, Margaret Cho, Jeffrey Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis, Lex Scott Davis, Robert Englund, Vanessa Hudgens, David Koechner, Meat Loaf, Greg Nicotero, Jonah Ray, Giovanni Ribisi, Madeleine Stowe, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Tilly, Edgar Wright, and Rob Zombie.

On October 7, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Eli Roth’s History Of Horror showrunner Kurt Sayenga via Zoom, as embedded below. Sayeng’s credits also include being Executive Producer (and showrunner) of the 2017 National Geographic special Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron and the 8-part National Geographic docuseries Origins. Prior to finding success as a writer, producer and director on film and television projects, Sayenga was a punk rock zine editor and album art designer. More on Eli Roth’s History Of Horror can be found by clicking here, here, here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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