Masters of Horror was an American anthology television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network. In , director Mick Garris invited some director friends to an informal dinner at a restaurant in Sherman Oaks, California. The dinner was an extremely satisfying experience for the directors: a welcome night of camaraderie, humor and mutual admiration of one another's work. Del Toro coined the name of the group in jest when he told a nearby diner celebrating her birthday that the "Masters of Horror" wished her a happy birthday. In , Garris created and produced an original anthology television series of one-hour movies, written and directed by many of the "masters," which was originally broadcast in the U.
This story contains mild spoilers for the film Us. The very act of incorporating black actors and black creators turns horror inside out, giving the genre new dimensions and new power as social commentary. Us is not an easily decipherable film, nor is it likely to prompt the same kinds of immediate political takeaways as Get Out.
There was a general feeling that something special was happening, where even directors as esteemed as Stanley Kubrick, Nicolas Roeg, and Peter Medak were flocking to the genre, while others more dedicated to horror, like Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, and Wes Craven were pushing the goal posts for scares. Ari Aster, much like George Romero, did not see himself as a horror director before his breakout debut. Hereditary , starring Toni Collette in an awards-worthy performance , is a family drama that plays out like one long exhilarating gasp for breath.