“Clowns are scary” is a well-loved idea in horror. One man who isn’t scared, however, is producer Eli Roth. He saw a trailer for a fake film called Clown and helped develop it into a feature. The full trailer for that feature, also called Clown, is now out. A father (Andy Powers) puts on a clown suit for his son’s birthday, only to find the suit is cursed and he can’t get out of it. Directed by Jon Watts, Clown premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and is still waiting for distribution. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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A movie that debuted right here on /Film just make it big. Aftershock, directed by Nicolás López, starring and produced by Eli Roth, was just acquired by Bob Weinstein’s Dimension Films at the Toronto International Film Festival. Based on Lopez’s experiences during the Chilean earthquake of 2010, the film centers on a group of friends who strive to survive after a massive earthquake hits Chile, freeing prisoners and unleashing other kinds of insanity.
Aftershock won’t premiere at TIFF until Tuesday September 11. The Weinsteins were confident enough in it, Lopez and Roth to not only purchase the film, but also take the rights to another Roth-produced horror film called Clown, based on a fake movie trailer. Learn more about both after the jump. Read More »
Eli Roth‘s fake trailer for a horror film called Thanksgiving was one of the highlights of both the omnibus feature Grindhouse and Roth’s own career. And for years since the debut of Grindhouse Roth has discussed making a feature version based on the idea. But we’ve heard of little forward momentum on the project in quite some time.
Now Roth says that he and other writers have broken the story idea, and will shortly be cranking out a script. Perhaps by fall 2013 we’ll finally be able to dig into a little horror feast. Read More »
This story will be a lesson for anyone who has ever scoffed at the idea at spending time and money on a fake movie trailer. In mid-October Jon Watts and Christopher D. Ford dropped the trailer for Clown onto YouTube. The trailer purported to be for an Eli Roth movie about a killer clown, and it attracted the director’s attention.
And now he’s producing an actual film based on the Clown trailer. It will be financed by Cross Creek Pictures alongside another film Eli Roth will produce, called Aftershock. Read More »
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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