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"The Greats of Roth" [Feb. 3rd, 2008|06:49 pm]
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The New Beverly Cinema is doing a film festival called "The Greats of Roth." This will include two weeks of his favorite movies.

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Information from Eli's blog.
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(no subject) [Jan. 24th, 2008|12:29 pm]
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Eli has posted a new blog.

"Well, I finally made one of those 2007 Top Ten lists. Ebert and Roeper voted "Hostel Part II" as the WORST FILM OF 2007. Actually, I lied, I share the honor with my friend Chris Sivertson, because Roeper voted "I Know Who Killed Me" as his worst film of the year, while guest critic Michael Phillips gave me the esteemed honor. Roeper actually goes out of his way to say that he would have put "Hostel II" and other "torture porn" films on his list, but they were never screened for critics, so he didn't waste his time watching them, because they're just trash where women get tortured, and he doesn't find that entertaining. It's amazing he's not wearing a Pope hat, splashing holy water on the DVDs. Richard Roeper - whose job is to watch movies last I checked - wouldn't dare pollute his eyes by lowering them to the sewer of our movies...movies he has let others define before he even sees them himself. I feel sorry for Darren Boussman, whose film "Saw 4" wasn't even given a chance to be on this list, because Richard Roeper was too decent a human being to even watch it. Thank God we have people like him keeping us safe by warning us against such evil. We should all write him a thank you note, but please don't tell him that torture porn is a ridiculous term made up by critics who don't understand or watch these films and that that sub-genre actually doesn't exist.

What's so unbelievable about the show is that this guy Michael Phillips actually goes on to say how talented I am, and that I could actually be "adding something to the horror genre instead of settling for dreck." It's pretty incredible - he says I'm "going to have a very successful career" and that if I want to "get myself out of the basement" I can do it, but that it's up to me. It's the weirdest compliment ever - it's as if he chose my film so he could single me out and teach me a lesson. My question is: why would I ever want to leave the basement? The basement is a very special place for me. The basement at our house was where we all hung out. Every day we'd play Atari for hours in the basement after school, it's where I watched every horror movie imaginable, and more importantly, it's where I shot all my first films. My super 8 movie "A Clickwork Orange" was made in that basement. When I was 11 I chopped up my brothers with a circular saw in "Splatter on the Linoleum" in that basement. We shot probably 50 movies down in that basement. We were allowed to make as much noise as we wanted down there. We could blast our music. We could put up any posters we wanted - Jim Rice, Iron Maiden, "Mother's Day", St. Pauli Girl, all those cheesy posters we won throwing darts at carnivals in Maine - as long as there was space you could just tape it up. The walls were peeling, but instead of repainting, we'd hang a poster for "Pieces" over the spot where it was crumbling. It was great. Every weekend in high school at the end of the night - no matter what we were doing - EVERYONE went back to our house and hung out in the basement. I'm very close in age to both my brothers and all our friends would hang out together pretty much every weekend from 1:00 AM on. We'd raid the kitchen, fire up some Celeste pizzas, grab the cookies, and stuff our faces. We'd be down there all night watching horror movies and Skinemax, playing Nintendo NES, rocking out, filming movies, and playing street hockey with our dog Atlas. Atlas was the most amazing German Shepherd, and everyone knew him, and he knew everyone. You could take slap shots from across the basement and Atlas would catch the ball in his mouth. He loved playing goalie. Even yesterday I was hanging pictures in my basement in Los Angeles and Gabe said to me "Are you sure you want so many posters up?" and I said "I want it to be just like the basement." He agreed. I actually went back to my parents house in Boston and got my torn up "Mother's Day" video poster so I could frame it and hang it up in my have a piece of The Basement with me in California. So when Michael Phillips says that I could get out of the basement if I wanted to, to him I say: fuck that. I love it in the basement. The basement's where you can relax and have fun and there are no rules, no bullshit, you can blast your music, hang any posters you want, trash your furniture, throw a football or play hockey indoors, and just hang out and have fun with your friends. And I would much rather spend my life in the basement than where this former theater critic is: up his own ass. That's a dark, depressing place to be, and I feel sorry for the people who are stuck there because they'll never get the enjoyment of watching these movies in the middle of the night with a group of friends."

I know Hostel: Part II isn't the greatest film in the world, but worst of '07? That's... not accurate. That's just about as accurate as Norbit and Juno being nominated for Oscars.
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(no subject) [Jan. 10th, 2008|01:40 am]
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Eli posted a new blog. There wasn't anything earthshakingly important in it, but there were a couple of things that may interest you guys.

"Happy New Year! This is fucking awesome. Two researchers at U.C. Berkely and U.C. San Diego have done a study showing that violent movies reduce crime by 1.2-1.3% when watched between 6 PM and midnight, and even higher numbers AFTER viewers have seen the film, during Midnight and 6 AM. The study estimates that on weekends 1,000 violent crimes are prevented when people watch violent movies. So that means that between my three films I've prevented probably 10,000 violent crimes, so if someone in could print out the report (it's included in the link above) and kindly shove it up the New Zealand censor's ass I would greatly appreciate it."

"We had lunch with the mayor of Reyjkavik. The Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur joined us, and was talking to the mayor about building a movie studio in Reyjkavik. Quentin and I loved the idea, and I told them I'd be happy to help in any way I could. The mayor was very excited about the idea, and soon it was all over the news."

Other than that, he goes on about going on a ladybug killing rampage and setting things on fire. This can be read here.
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The "Fun with Torture" Survey [Jan. 6th, 2008|07:53 pm]
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[Current Location |big rapids = writingtown]
[mood |sicksick]

Hey all. Since we all belong to this group, I figure we're all interested in horror/torture movies for whatever reason, and I'm trying to glean answers from as many horror fans as I can about why they enjoy horror movies, if they enjoy torture in movies why they think that is, and how they feel about the dichotomy between horror as a genre and the primarily fundamentalist Christian assertion that enjoying watching sin IS a sin. Since I'm getting tired of justifying myself and my love of Eli Roth and the other splatstick directors, as well as horror movies in particular, I wanted to try and come up with some definitive answers once and for all. At first it was just an idea for a column (since I write a monthly column for the website http://www.cinema-crazed.com) but the idea has ballooned to almost 30 pages of manuscript so I'm shooting for a book now. Anyway, this was all my long-winded way of saying that if you want to answer these questions, you can reply here or email me at edwardnortonfan at gmail dot com. I'm crediting everyone who answers questions for me, so if you want to be identified please include your full name with your answers, otherwise I'll credit you as "anonymous." I got permission from a mod to post these questions here, and I hope they can spark some discussion. A lot of times it may sound like I'm asking the same thing in different words, but since each of these questions is something I've been asked and each question, even the similar ones, twists the focus a little bit, I think they all have the capacity to be helpful. anyway, thanks in advance for helping me out.

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(no subject) [Dec. 12th, 2007|05:22 am]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

Artist on Artist: Josh Brolin and Eli Roth

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There are some Trailer Trash spoilers at the end, and I take back anything I've ever said about it sounding like a horrible career move. It sounds insanely amazing. I mean, Farmageddon? What is that? That's brilliant. I love it.
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All will be carved! [Nov. 22nd, 2007|03:11 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]

So I waited in vain today to see the rampaging serial-killer pilgrim of Mr. Roth's Thanksgiving run slicing and dicing through the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. Alas, there was nary a beheading nor a knife-penetrated cheerleader in sight...


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(no subject) [Nov. 15th, 2007|08:45 pm]
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Hot Topic is now selling Thanksgiving merchandise. Eli posted the followed blog about it.

"Exciting holiday news!!!! You demanded it, so here you go: I have partnered with NECA Toys to create "Thanksgiving" merchandise. The first step towards turning a fake trailer into a real movie is to convince the unsuspecting public that it actually exists, and what better way to do that than with a Thanksgiving t-shirt and poster of the Dan Frisch turkey?? They will be for sale at Hot Topic, and if you don't live near one you can order them on line where I put the links.

We're planning on doing more stuff, including action figures, depending on what the demand is. And who knows? It may even turn into a real movie one day... Until then there will be a 2nd helping of Thanksgiving in "Trailer Trash." Why make a whole movie when you can just go film the best parts?

And THANK YOU ALL for your amazing support with the Hostel 2 DVD and Blu Ray!!!!! The film's doing great, and I love hearing all your comments on my page. Yes, it is me reading them all, not some assistant, so THANK YOU!!!!

White Meat. Dark Meat. ALL WILL BE CARVED!


Those three links lead to the merch, one tee shirt and two different posters.
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(no subject) [Nov. 11th, 2007|08:01 am]
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Eli posted another myspace blog a couple days ago with a couple of articles.

Eli Roth Presents the Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen from rottentomatoes.com
November 1, 2007
The title says it all. He mentions the following films: Torso, Who Can Kill a Child?, Night Train Murders, Perversion Story, Nightmare City and Spirits of the Dead. At the end, he also gives an update about what he's working on. (Basically, Cell is still being done, Trailer Trash is being done with "full-on Monty Python silliness" and it sounds like Heroes: Origins will be done, too. Then again, he did say all of this before the WGA Strike.)

Earthbound: Ten Questions with Eli Roth from ekwimmer.blogspot.com
November 2, 2007
Just a short, ten question interview with a few questions about things other than his films, which is pretty cool, since a lot of the articles in the past seem kind of... you know, you've read one, you've read them all.

Eli Roth VS. The C.Z.A. Q&A from renerd.com
November 7, 2007
A very short questionnaire about the zombie apocalypse. If you're going to read any of what I'm posting right now, read this one. I mean... oh, c'mon. Zombies!

This one's older and I found it by accident via google, but I thought I'd add it in here, anyway.

How To Sell Horror Post-Captivity from nymag.com
June 11, 2007
A short article talking about advertising Hostel: Part II after the problems with the Captivity billboards.

Eli also appeared on TMZ.com a few times within the past week or so. The first time was in a video from Heidi Klum's Halloween Party (which seems to currently be unavailable). The second time was in a short video from a party thrown by wrestler Chris Jericho, also featuring Hal Sparks.

Just because I like attempting (unsuccessfully in most cases) to start discussions when I make these posts, what are you guys thinking about the WGA Strike?
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Eli Roth LEaving the Horror Genre? [Oct. 27th, 2007|04:13 pm]
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[Current Location |big rapids = movietown]
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

So I came across this in a few places today (http://joblo.com/arrow/index.php?id=9811 and http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/exclusive-eli-roth-moving-on-from-horror-to-more-ambitious-artistic-projects/). Eli recently said this:

"As far as violence goes, I think at this point I've pushed the boundaries of horror as far as I can, and it's someone else's turn to take over spilling blood and guts. I have new challenges and much more ambitious ideas that are not horror related that I'm working on, as well as other artistic endeavors outside of film. I love directors like Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson, who pushed the boundaries of gore and horror in their early career, and then took that same energy and aesthetic and applied it to other genres. I'll always love horror and I'm sure I'll make more horror movies, but once you've spilled that much blood, you kind of have it out of your system and look for other ways to make audiences scream and cheer and vomit."

So what does everyone think? Personally I think that as much as I love Roth he does tend to run off at the mouth a bit and make ridiculous statements sometimes. I think he might want to move on from horror, but saying he wants to find other ways to make people "scream cry and vomit" is a tad much. I can understand wanting to make people scream and cry with movies other than horror, but VOMIT? Usually when your movie isn't a horror movie and it makes people vomit, that isn't a good thing, Eli.
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(no subject) [Oct. 24th, 2007|12:53 am]
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If anyone watched the Spike TV Scream awards, you'll know that Hostel: Part II unfortunately did not win anything. Awesome show, though. If you didn't catch it, it's on again a few times tomorrow, I think.

Also, anyone pick up Part II and the Director's Cut today? Lots of interesting shit on both DVDs, so if you get the chance, pick that shit up. Best Buy is offering them both for twenty five dollars. It's definitely worth it.

Featurettes on the Part II DVD include a documentary on the history of torture, which was pretty cool. And both DVDs have featurettes about KNB effects, which was also really cool to watch. If you don't buy the dvd, at least rent it and check out the special features.
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