Eli Roth has never thought of himself as a horror director, so the Hostel and Cabin Fever director’s first PG-rated and kids-friendly movie, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, isn’t that surprising of a choice for the filmmaker. As Roth sees it, his previous movies led him to directing Amblin’s adaptation of John Bellairs‘ novel, published in 1973. This is exactly the sort of lavish and old school spectacle he’s always dreamed about making.
While obviously tamer, The House with a Clock in Its Walls has the director’s dark, sometimes slapstick sense of humor as well as sequences that scream horror. Whether with a rotting corpse, evil pumpkins, or a hideous creature in the woods at night, Roth gives younger viewers enough credit to have fun with the scares. In addition to paying respect to his audience, the director told us about working with producer Steven Spielberg, his love of Amblin and Gremlins, influences and references, and showing the almighty Cate Blanchett firing a laser gun/magical umbrella.
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Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Every kid knows better than to invite strangers in, but sometimes adults forget. And sometimes, said adults also kinda-sorta forget they’re married, cheat on their wives with two nubile hotties, are literally tortured as a result.
That’s the premise of Eli Roth‘s new thriller Knock Knock, with Keanu Reeves as the guy making the terrible mistake and Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the young women who tempt and then torment him. Watch the Knock Knock trailer after the jump. Read More »
Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, and Ana de Armas star in Eli Roth‘s thriller Knock Knock, and this new trailer really starts to reveal details of what happens when the married architect played by Reeves succumbs to temptation when Izzo and de Armas show up at his doorstep one night. The two women seduce Reeves, who protests, but only a little, and some time later they return to teach him a lesson in personal responsibility.
Note that this Knock Knock trailer is not technically red-band, but it has enough heavily suggested sex and violence that you might want to hold off watching if you’re unsure. Read More »
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 »
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 »
Eli Roth made a return to directing with last year’s The Green Inferno, which will be released in the US on September 5. He’s quickly following that film with a new horror/thriller called Knock Knock, and has just set Keanu Reeves to star. This film sounds like it will be a bit different than Roth’s other directorial efforts, however, as he describes it as the result of an ambition to make “a classic psychosexual thriller.” Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
A new trailer has dropped for Eli Roth‘s latest horror project, but this time he’s not the one behind the camera. Roth stars in Nicolás López‘s Aftershock as one of three friends (with Ariel Levy and Nicolás Martínez) who hit up a Chilean nightclub for a wild night out. Their evening takes a turn for the worse when a serious earthquake hits, and then gets downright deadly when the city begins to panic. Watch the video after the jump.
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In a move that’s somewhere between hilarious and tasteless (veering sharply towards the latter), producers of Eli Roth‘s latest film have given a remote Amazon village its first, er, taste of the movies…by showing the famed exploitation film Cannibal Holocaust. But let’s back up. Roth returns to screens this fall via the festival entry Aftershock, which he produced and stars in, and with RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists, which he co-wrote and produced.
But Roth is also getting set to direct once more, for his first film since Hostel: Part II. The movie is The Green Inferno, in which “naive do-gooders” run afoul of South American cannibals. Roth plans to shoot the film Herzog style, by taking a small crew to a remote native village on the Amazon river, where there’s “no electricity, no running water, nothing.” And as part of the process of asking permission to film from the locals, the production had to first show them what a movie is in the first place. And so they used Cannibal Holocaust. You can guess what happened next. Read More »
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Eli Roth is making the earth move. The man behind the Hostel series, co-star of Inglourious Basterds and producer of The Last Exorcism has teamed up with successful Chilean filmmaker Nicolás López to make Aftershock, an English-language action-thriller inspired by the Chilean earthquake. It follows a group of six friends (including Roth, several international movie stars and a cameo by pop superstar Selena Gomez) struggling to survive after a massive earthquake hits their city and society crumbles around them. Most of the film will include realistic, practical effects.
Aftershock is still shooting in Chile but Lopez and Roth are ready to debut the first official images from the film exclusively here on /Film.
After the jump, check out these images, learn about the cast, filmmakers and more. Read More »