Uncut Eli Roth Interview from the Grindhouse Press Junket - Thanksgiving, Hostel 2, and More!
by Alex Billington
March 27, 2007
The infamous horror director (of Cabin Fever and Hostel 1 and 2) Eli Roth helped the two filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez in their upcoming double feature Grindhouse in numerous ways. He stars briefly in part of Tarantino's film Death Proof, and also helped direct a fake trailer for a film called Thanksgiving that plays in between the films to help add to the Grindhouse feel.
Via a surprise appearance at the Grindhouse junket this past weekend, Eli Roth chatted exclusively with a very small group of press giving one of the most exciting and hilarious 20 minute roundtables you'll ever hear. So we decided to serve this up for all of you to listen to entirely uncut. Enjoy!
Eli talks about his role in Grindhouse and the casting process where Quentin called him to try out and his experience filming with Quentin. He also talks about his crazy trailer Thanksgiving which plays in Grindhouse. In addition he talks exclusively about Hostel 2, which he is currently editing to be completed for June 8th and also about his future project The Cell, which is just now in pre-production. Beware, there ARE spoilers abound, but it's worth it!
Time: 23:20 | Size: 10.7MB
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0:00 - Being cast in Tarantino's Death Proof and filming with Kurt Russell
5:20 - About the Thanksgiving trailer (spoilers!) - "I had so much fun shooting that trailer, it's all I want to do!"
9:30 - About The Cell and pre-production
11:15 - About Hostel 2 and it's running time and ratings board considerations
12:50 - "Masters of Horror" with James Wan question
13:20 - Back to Hostel 2 and the gross poster
14:30 - Question about M. Night's Green Effect / Happening and talk about horror in general
17:08 - Respecting the horror remakes of today
21:15 - Reaction to Hot Fuzz and Edgar Wright
For the full transcript of the interview - head to SlashFilm
Is this press junket really entertaining? Correct me if I'm completely wrong, but in a matter of almost twenty-five minutes, Eli Roth has managed to objectify women repeatedly and has suggested that the torturing of, violence against, and the killing of women by men is not only entertaining, but acceptable in some situations. It is just a film, and a horror film nonetheless, but I have two questions for everyone to answer: Who is the target audience, and why are we putting out these messages? "Honestly, when I shot that trailer for Thanksgiving I really thought there was no problem with anything. It just shows how genuinely out of touch I am. It was a girl with a full frontal labial shot at the camera landing on a knife which seemed like no problem to me. It's an exploitation movie. It's my job to exploit. If I don't exploit this girl I have failed as a director."
AB on Mar 29, 2007
This has to do with eli roth. I hear hes not gonna direct the Hostel 3 if there is 1. Ithink thats gonna make it a lot weaker movie. Ps I liked hostel 1 and 2
donny on Jan 6, 2009
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