When Eli Roth directs a movie, there’s a certain expectation from the film. Gore, disturbing imagery and sheer terror are associated with the director of Cabin Fever and Hostel. Roth knows that as well as anyone. With his latest film Knock Knock, he uses those expectations to his advantage to toy with the audience. The film slowly builds, but situations don’t get violent. You might question what the hell you’re watching. What is the point here? That might be frustrating in the hands of another filmmaker, but not from Roth. For almost half of Knock Knock, the film presents fresh, difficult and exceedingly awkward situations for the characters. And because you have no idea what’s going to happen, that’s scary and thrilling in its own unique way.
Knock Knock, which stars Keanu Reeves as a happy husband randomly thrust into an uncomfortable situation with two young girls, premiered this weekend at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Continue reading our Knock Knock review. Read More »
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The premise of Eli Roth‘s new film is very simple: Keanu Reeves plays a supposedly good man whose life is put to a severe stress test when two attractive young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) knock on his door. The film just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (we’ll have a review soon) but you can see the first Knock Knock teaser below. Read More »
We’re far enough away from some of the big horror moments of the last decade that reboot time is coming around for some. Cabin Fever never really caught on as a franchise — Eli Roth‘s debut film made his career as a filmmaker, but the Cabin Fever films that followed have, er, struggled. (Ti West lobbied to have his name removed from the direct sequel after producers took control of the edit, and the prequel Patient Zero has had a low-key release.)
Now there’s a Cabin Fever remake brewing, which we heard about earlier this year. The new info is that Eli Roth is on board as exec producer. Even more weird than that is this fact: the remake will use the original script for the film, written by Roth and Randy Pearlstein. Read More »
There’s trouble ahead for Eli Roth‘s The Green Inferno. The film has been set for a September release, but Open Road has just taken the movie off its release calendar. But this isn’t the result of controversy or a problem with the film. No, this is the result of a business problem between the company that financed the movie, Worldview Entertainment, and the guy who used to lead Worldview. Roth’s movie is, like many of the characters in the film, just a victim of a bad situation. Read More »
The Eli Roth-produced show Hemlock Grove returns to stream on Netflix for a second season starting in July. Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron, Famke Janssen, Madeline Martin and Tiio Horn star, and the show was developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman based on the novel by McGreevy. The ten-episode season remains centered on a Pennsylvania town in which several monstrous events have reshaped the relationships between people in the little burg. (And in many cases the relationships between life and death.) A new trailer features such lovely sights as leech-eating, eye experiments, and a lot of flesh ripping and tearing. There’s a bit of sex and at least one explosion, too. Watch the Hemlock Grove season 2 trailer below.
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In The Green Inferno, from director Eli Roth, a bunch of idealistic college kids head to South America in order to stop rapid deforestation in a region where native settlements are threatened by the aggressive movements of a rapacious company. The kids, of course, have no idea what they’re really getting into. Nor do they have any real conception of how the situation was engineered to put them in place to “do some good work.” And so they get down there, and as this new Green Inferno trailer shows, things go wrong. And then they go really, really wrong. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Last year, Eli Roth returned to feature filmmaking for the first time since 2007 with The Green Inferno. And he’s now finishing up his next movie beyond that, the Keanu Reeves-starrer Knock Knock. But after that, it looks like he’s headed back to the small screen.
Roth is set to executive produce and direct South of Hell, a WEtv horror series about a demon hunter struggling with a demon of her own. Not a metaphorical demon, mind you — an actual demon, with a name and everything. Horror hotshot Jason Blum and Dexter creator James Manos Jr. are also on board. Get all the details after the jump.
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Eli Roth broke into feature filmmaking in 2002 with Cabin Fever. (Well, he started to break in during late ’02, but Cabin Fever wasn’t released to general audiences until 2003.) The film has spawned one messy sequel and a forthcoming prequel. And now there’s a report that a Cabin Fever remake is in the works. Read More »