Gore, girls and gruesome stories have long been a part of horror films, but are scary movies something more than boiling kettles of lust and carnage? In The Monster Show, David Skal poses that horror is a response and coping mechanism to society’s collected concerns. For example, movies about demonic children, like Rosemary’s Baby, made it big during an era when women’s reproductive rights were an overwhelming, national concern. Skal has created a conversational study on (mostly American) horror. If you haven’t had enough horror history after finishing The Monster Show, try the documentary The American Nightmare. It features prominent directors, like George Romero, Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper, talking about their films and the cultural climates that inspired them.