Eli Roth Responds to Poor Box Office for Hostel: Part II
Although we don't have an official review of Eli Roth's Hostel: Part II available, I will say I thought the movie was fantastic and better than the first, despite all the accusations that it's nothing more than just "torture porn". Of course if you have no respect for that style of cinema, then you won't appreciate it or see it, but that's not the point of this. Writer and director Eli Roth wrote a blog on his MySpace recently talking about the poor box office results of Hostel: Part II, blaming piracy among other things, discussing other problems in Hollywood, and stating that Cell is now on hold, presumably given the poor results of Hostel: Part II. I think Eli Roth is one of the most visionary filmmakers in Hollywood at the moment and I really want to support him as much as possible and so should all of you.
Roth talks quite a bit about piracy, saying it will be the downfall of the film industry, and even saying some film critics reviewed the pirated version that was available.
"However, piracy has become worse than ever now, and a stolen workprint (with unfinished music, no sound effects, and no VFX) leaked out on line before the release, and is really hurting us, especially internationally. Piracy will be the death of the film industry, as it killed the music industry, and while it makes a smaller dent in huge movies like Spider Man 3, it really hurts films like mine, which have far less of an advertising and production budget. Not only that, critics have actually been REVIEWING the film based off the pirated copy, which is inexcusable. Some of these critics I have actually known for a few years, and while I wouldn't dignify them by mentioning them by name, I know who they are, as do the studios, and other filmmakers, and they will no longer have any access to any of my films."
He also provides a sad update on his adaptation of Stephen King's Cell, which was supposed to be his next big project.
"I am not directing CELL any time soon, and I most likely will take the rest of the year to write my other projects. Which means I wouldn't shoot until the spring, and you wouldn't see a film directed by me in the cinemas until at least next fall."
And lastly, we tried to make the same request with Grindhouse when it needed some extra box office help, but if you haven't seen Hostel: Part II yet - go see it!
"What I'm saying is, this is your last chance to see one of my films for a while. If you haven't seen it, go now, because after next weekend the film will be gone from theaters."
"If everyone on my friends list went to see the film this weekend and brought a friend, it would make a huge difference. Bring a non-horror fan - try to convert them."
Roth also says that the R-rated horror film in Hollywood is dying, and they need all the help they can get to stay alive (no pun intended). This may be true, but we've got some strong performers this year like Saw IV still and hopefully Rob Zombie's Halloween, which will be another box office gamble.
Not everyone out there is a fan of Eli Roth or the Hostel series, but this doesn't mean we can't get those of you who are fans to support great films like this. Even helping support visionary filmmakers like Eli Roth will have an effect on other genres and independent films that the other types of people enjoy instead. Hollywood is a tough place and it needs all the support it can get in the right places - and Eli Roth is certainly one of them who deserves it.