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Gary Rhodes is an associate professor in UCF’s Nicholson School of Communication and Media and assistant director of the film and mass media program who is best known for his work on horror cinema.

When he was 15, Rhodes says he started writing for a film magazine called Filmfax, and he’s been analyzing movies ever since.

He isn’t entirely sure of the number of horror movies he has seen over the years — probably a few thousand — and he says he needs to invest in a 14th bookcase for his DVD collection (which he stacks two deep to a shelf).

He is an author and/or editor of 20 books on film history and theory, and his most recent book, The Birth of the American Horror Film, was published this year.

Read the full story on UCF Today, where Rhodes talks through the origin of the genre, a UCF film legacy and what to watch this Halloween.