Eli Roth

Eli Roth


Eli Roth (born 18.04.1972) Eli Roth is an award-winning American director and actor famous for his work on the movie 'Hostel' and 'Cabin Fever'.

Childhood: Eli Roth was born in Newton, Massachusetts to Jewish parents. His parents are psychiatrist Dr. Sheldon Roth and painter Cora Roth. He was inspired to embark on a filmmaking career after watching Ridley Scott's 'Alien' when he was 8. He attended Newton South High School and the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. While at University, he ran film producer Frederick Zollo's office. One of his first jobs when he moved to LA was as an extra on legal drama 'The Practice'.

Film Career: Towards the end of university, Eli Roth wrote and directed a movie called 'Restaurant Dogs' after watching Quentin Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs' and it was nominated for a Student Academy Award. He met 'The Elephant Man' director David Lynch through his work with Zollo and subsequently met composer Angelo Badalamenti through him, who went on to write the music for Roth's first feature film 'Cabin Fever'. He moved to LA in 1999 and made a series of short animations for Mandalay Sports Entertainment with Noah Belson called 'Chowdaheads' which was meant to air between 'WCW Monday Nitro' wrestling matches but never did because the CEO at the time was fired. The pair also made a stop motion animation series called 'The Rotten Fruit'. Roth's first big break was with 2003's 'Cabin Fever'; a horror movie inspired loosely by a skin infection he caught horseriding in Iceland. It was made with a $1.5 million budget and grossed 35 million worldwide on its release. Quentin Tarantino called it his favourite new film in 2004 and dubbed Roth 'the future of horror'. His next film, 'Hostel', was number one at the box office when it opened in 2006 and grossed $80 million at the box office worldwide - 20 times the movie's budget. Roth has been credited with the creation of sub-genre 'torture porn' or 'gorno' which refers to the excitement built up in a movie from excessive violence. 'Hostel' was voted as Best Horror Film of 2007 in Empire Magazine. 'Hostel: Part II' did not fare as well as the first movie at the box office, though it is thought that an online leak of the movie resulting in millions of illegal downloads contributed to the poor sales. In 2007, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed horror double feature called 'Grindhouse' which included Rodriguez's 'Planet Terror' and Tarantino's 'Death Proof'. Each feature was preceded by a series of fake movie trailers; Roth created a trailer for a movie called 'Thanksgiving' in the 'Death Proof' segment (as well as also appearing in that movie) but is set to release a full length version of it in 2013.

Other Career Centures: Eli Roth is producing martial arts film 'The Man with the Iron Fist' directed by and starring The RZA. Quentin Tarantino is also said to be involved. Roth has contributed to DVD extras and audio commentaries of various films including horror flicks Juan Piquer Simon's 'Pieces' and Lucio Fulci's 'Cat in the Brain' as well as Troma's 'Blood Sucking Freaks'. He voiced the lumberjack in animated comedy 'Disaster!' He also co-starred in Tarantino's WW2 movie 'Inglourious Basterds' alongside Brad Pitt and had a cameo in 'Piranha 3DD'. He produced 'The Last Exorcism' with Eric Newman and Marc Abraham which was released in 2010. He also worked on the sequel 'The Last Exorcism Part 2' which will be released in March 2013. Roth hosted an episode of the Discovery Channel's 'Curiosity' series called 'How Evil Are You?' which saw him explore the science behind evil and undergo a brain scan. He has written and stars in Chile based horror 'Aftershock' which will be released in 2013.

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San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 - Outcast bash

Lorenza Izzo and Eli Roth - San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 - Outcast bash held at the Andaz Hotel Rooftop at Andaz Hotel Rooftop - San Diego, California, United States - Thursday 9th July 2015

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Kirby Bliss Blanton and Lorenza Izzo
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Celebrities at Comic Con

Eli Roth - Celebrities at Comic Con in San Diego - San Diego, California, United States - Thursday 9th July 2015

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Eli Roth out and about in Beverly Hills

Eli Roth - Eli Roth out and about in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 27th May 2015

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HBO "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck" Los Angeles Premiere

Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo - A variety of stars turned out in numbers to attend the LA premiere of HBO's documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck" which was held at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 22nd April 2015

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Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo
Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo
Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo
Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo

Los Angeles premiere of 'Water Diviner'

Lorenza Izzo and Eli Roth - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Water Diviner" which was held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015

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Marilyn Manson Offers Explanation For That Leaked Lana Del Rey Video

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Last month a controversial NSFW video leaked online, directed by Eli Roth, which depicted singer Lana Del Rey being raped. The footage was said to have been shot for a Marilyn Manson music video, however the singer’s camp quickly released a statement denying his involvement. Now Manson has finally spoken out about the video and the exact nature of his involvement.

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Back when the video leaked online in November, a statement from Manson’s camp read, “"Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with his music.” Adding, “It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else's Lana Del Rey footage.”

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The Sacrament Review


Yet another found-footage thriller, this chilling horror film at least has some solid roots as a fictionalised version of real events. The fact that something like this actually happened (on a vastly larger scale in 1978) gives the movie a lot of weight it might not otherwise have. And the realistic setting and grounded performances help sell the story.

It opens in New York, where hipster magazine reporter Sam (AJ Bowen) enlists cameraman Jake (Joe Swanberg) to travel with photographer Patrick (Kentucker Audley) to visit a mysterious commune called Eden Parish deep in a foreign woods. There Patrick's sister Caroline (Amy Seimetz) is working as the assistant for Father (Gene Jones), who has created a religious paradise far from the crime and greed of civilisation. Of course, the cynical journalists begin to wonder if anything can truly be this idyllic. And sure enough, before the end of the day someone hands them a note that says, "Please help us!"

While there are several potent issues gurgling throughout the story, filmmaker Ti West keeps the focus on the lean, mean scary-movie aspect, adding an atonal score to ramp up an underlying feeling of tension beneath the otherwise beautiful scenes of hippy parishioners living in peace. But the mask begins to slip, and things turn genuinely unsettling before breaking out into all-out nastiness. After the slow and involving build-up, what comes next feels rather a lot more staged. And grippingly terrifying.

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Trailer For Eli Roth's New Horror 'The Green Inferno' Depicts Cannibal Tribe [Trailer]

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Over a year ago, Eli Roth debuted his latest horror flick 'The Green Inferno' at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, but film fans only recently got a chance to see the first trailer, which shows a glimpse of this frightening tale.

Eli Roth, who directed the flick, also teamed with Guillermo Amoedo to write the production, which stars Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Sky Ferreira and Daryl Sabara, and was inspired by the 1980 Italian cannibal film titled 'Cannibal Holocaust'.

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Eli Roth wrote and directed the horror flick

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The Green Inferno - Teaser Trailer

When a team of enthusiastic New York students get involved in an activism campaign, they decide to take a field trip to the deep Amazonian rainforest of Peru in a bid to rescue an ancient tribe who are faced with the threat of dying out completely. However, once they arrive within the jungle, they crash and soon meet the tribal people they set out to save. Unfortunately, this community has other ideas and some of the group find themselves taken hostage and tied up. When they eventually realise that they have stumbled upon a tribe of cannibals, it looks like it's too late. Being so deep in the wilderness, it appears that no-one is going to be out looking for them anytime soon and so now they must make a desperate attempt to flee the green confines of the forest.

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Steven Spielberg On The Future Of The Film Industry: An 'Implosion Is Due'

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Steven Spielberg talks about the difficulties of showing anything other than big budget, mainstream films in the cinema. He was addressing film students at the opening of the University of South California's School of Cinematic Arts building and warned that an 'implosion' within the film industry is due owing to difficulties with finance.

Spielberg warned USC students it is highly likely that a few big budget films would, within a short period, flop which would alter the industry forever. Spielberg's argument is that studios, fearful of loss, are only willing to make films which will ensure a large profit margin. He commented on how finance fixated the film industry has become claiming 'a studio would rather invest $250m in one film for a real shot at the brass ring than make a whole bunch of really interesting, deeply personal - and even maybe historical - projects'.

Spielberg also warns that the viewing public may have to foot the bill for big budget films. He uses Iron Man 3 and Lincoln as examples whereby cinema-goers would pay more than double ($25) than those seeing Lincoln ($7). This is in proportion with what they cost to make. Production costs for Lincoln were around $65 million whereas Iron Man's came in around $200 million. 

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The Last Exorcism Part II Review


When you qualify your movie as the "last" anything, a sequel seems a bit out of the question, but these new filmmakers have essentially relegated the 2010 original to a mere backstory. They have moved on from the video-cam format and the whole debunking premise to make a much more straightforward horror romp. And while it's packed with cliches, it heads full-speed into a final act that's jaw-droppingly bonkers enough to make this a guilty pleasure.

After the carnage of that farmhouse exorcism, Nell (Bell) is the only survivor. She's taken to a New Orleans halfway house with other battered women, who begin to teach her how to live her life after growing up in isolation. She still has a sense of her religious roots, but learns to enjoy pop music and even starts flirting with a cute handyman (Clark). Even though she wants to believe that her demon-possession wasn't real, it becomes apparent that maybe that previous exorcism didn't quite take. "A piece of him is still inside you," says an occult expert (Jensen), completely without irony. Indeed the demon is back with a vengeance, and he has something awful in mind.

Filmmaker Gass-Donnelly keeps the atmosphere tense, throwing in elements from every horror film in recent memory, including creepy masked figures, staticky broadcasts, insidious phone calls, buzzing houseflies and even a sassy psychic (Riggs). The soundtrack is full of creep-out noises, while the images are intercut with flickers of the previous film. But all of this is done in that bland Hollywood style that makes us jump without actually freaking us out. Thankfully, the film has Bell on board to deliver a performance much better than the movie deserves: she's genuinely unsettling as the tormented innocent.

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Eli Roth's 'Hemlock Grove' Devoured By Fans As The First Season Hits Netflix

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Landon Liboiron, Freya Tingley, Penelope Mitchell and Bill Skarsgard - Hemlock Grove actors at Toronto premiere

'Hemlock Grove', the new supernatural horror series from Eli Roth, has been announced by Netflix to have had more viewers on opening on April 19th 2013 than Kevin Spacey's 'House of Cards'.

Netflix has become an immediate 'box set' portal for new TV shows; no more waiting until the end of the season to view back-to-back episodes of your favourite show, you can watch them all as soon as the show is available thanks to a new perspective of TV culture. Earlier this year the streaming site debuted the entire first series of Kevin Spacey's new political drama 'House of Cards' with promises to release the second series on its completion. Although it fared well in reviews, it has been overshadowed by the next show to jump on the box set bandwagon, 'Hemlock Grove', which Netflix reveals did rather better in viewing figures, despite receiving a mixed critical reception. 'We're very pleased with its early performance', Netflix said in their quarterly earnings statement. 'Hemlock Grove was viewed by more members globally in its first weekend than was 'House of Cards' and has been a particular hit among young adults.'

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The Last Exorcism II – Review Roundup, Eli Roth and Ashley Bell’s Stress Fracture

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Considering the prequel was called The Last Exorcism, no one really saw The Last Exorcism II coming. But that hasn’t diminished the excitement surrounding Daniel Stamm’s possession horror, which hits cinemas tonight (March, 1).

If the recent flurry of awful horror films has got you scared to part with your hard-earned cash, then worry not, as TLE II seems to be a winner, if the critics are to be believed, anyway. The Guardian say: “Stamm effectively crafts a dozen or so marvellously creepy moments. Audience faith in the existence of decent horror films is reaffirmed,” while Empire Magazine wrote: “The method is well-worn and the subject-matter familiar, but this is a smart, scary little picture.” And with a respectable score of 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, you could do a lot worse tonight.

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Spine-Twisting Horror Sequel - The Last Exorcism Part II (Trailer)

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If you’re going to call a movie ‘The Last Exorcism,’ you should probably resign yourself that you can’t really make a sequel to it, containing an exorcism. Except, apparently, these guys just did. The Last Exorcism Part II has a production credit for horror don Eli Roth and is scheduled for release in March 2013.

The movie continues where the first one left off, with Nell Sweetzer (played by Ashley Bell) found alone and terrified in the woods. She slowly pieces the missing last few months of her life back together and has to deal with the realisation that she is the only surviving member of her family. Oh – that and the fact that the demons haven’t gone away. If they had, it wouldn’t be much of a horror movie now, would it. The trailer gives a glimpse of the bone-breaking body-distortion that we all watched the first one for, as Sweetzers frame is twisted by the demon that possesses her; there might not be much in the way of progress here, but if ‘more of the same’ was what you wanted after their first movie, then ‘more of the same’ is just what you get here.

It’s looking as though this could well become our next long-running horror franchise, competing in the stamina stakes, with the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saw and Paranormal Actvity. 

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A Hint Of Gore: Eli Roth’s Aftershock Trailer!

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Aftershock is the new movie written by Eli Roth – best known as the guy behind Hostel, Grindhouse and The Last Exorcism – and we reckon there’s going to be a whole bunch of gore and violence in this film that you’re not going to catch a glimpse of in the trailer. There’s a tell-tale clip of a woman poking her head above earth level, only – we presume – to bit by something… you don’t get to see it in the trailer, but we reckon the movie itself could be a touch more hard-hitting.

The movie is based on the real life events of the 8.8 earthquake in Chile in 2010. Though obviously, we’re getting the Hollywood treatment here. When the earthquake strikes, a group of travellers are revelling in a Chilean nightclub. However, the earthquake turns out to be just the start of their troubles. Early reviews on Rotten Tomatoes hint at a “gruesome finale” and is also described as a “blood soaked horror.” Ah – that would be that hidden gore that we don’t get to see in the trailer then.

In terms of thumbs up / thumbs down, the response to the movie is mixed. It’s scored an impressive 75% on the reviews site so far but that’s before the top professional critics have weighed in with their own opinions. Niche gore and horror movies don’t tend to fare so well in their hands, so that score could drop fairly rapidly. If you like a spot of bloodshed in your movies though, Aftershock could well be one to watch. 

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Eli Roth

Eli Roth

Date of birth

18th April, 1972