Shock Value

How did we get from Vincent Price and Boris Karloff to Saw VI? Film critic Jason Zinoman charts the evolution of old-school fright cinema into postmodern horror by focusing on the new wave of filmmakers who arrived in the 1970s, including Wes Craven and John Carpenter. As Hitchcockian subtlety gave way to splatterpunk gore, box office receipts bolstered the trend. But where this gruesome aesthetic ultimately leads, not even Zinoman can say. 

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.