I only watched the “monsters” episode on AMC, so take this review with a grain of salt. The show unfortunately seemed like just a bunch of people sitting around over-analyzing the themes of certain horror films. I really wished they would have talked more about the filming techniques or special effects, or the artistic direction that made these films different from others, but they didn’t do that. Instead they mostly just talk about the “themes” of the movies, which tend to feel a bit pretentious at times. For example, in the episode I watched they talked about how the movie King Kong was actually an allegory for the struggles of African Americans in a racist society. That’s interesting, but I’ve read about the making of King King, and in reality the movie was only made because the directors of that film just wanted to make movie about a giant gorilla rampaging through New York. I don’t know, the whole episode just feels like people reading way too far into films and putting their own subjective take on them rather than discussing what the actual directors/creators intent was. Personally, it felt too pretentious for me and I don’t think I’m going to watch any more of the series.
Also as a side note, the films they talk about seem very random and all over the place. A lot of them I wouldn’t even consider “horror” at all, but rather more “science fiction” such as King Kong, Pacific Rim, and the Godzilla films to name a few.