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What can I say about Eli Roth? While I dug Cabin Fever (I liked Cabin Fever 2 a lot better for some reason), Hostel was just an excuse to gore up the place. Hostel 2 was an improvement, but Eli Roth seems to have really hit his stride as a producer. News, however, has been slowly leaking out about his newest directorial effort THE GREEN INFERNO, which looks to be his take on the classic Italian cannibal flicks of the 70’s and early 80’s. Drawing from such notorious films as Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox (aka Make Them Die Slowly – also an early White Zombie album title) and others. One thing that can be said about Eli Roth, however, is that the man definitely loves the red red groovy and that (and his producing prowess) is one thing he has going for him.

So what does that mean? Eli Roth is nothing if not a product of his influences. Cabin Fever was full of obvious references to The Evil Dead, The Hills Have Eyes, etc. and if he’s been watching the cannibal classics he’s had to have picked up on one defining connection between all of them: grue, blood, and gore galore. In addition to the photo that’s been released from Roth about the film, the MPAA has officially labeled the film “Aberrant.”



Earlier today Netflix released a new red band trailer for their upcoming Eli Roth produced series, HEMLOCK GROVE, that debuts on April 19th.


Hemlock Grove is a riveting one-hour murder mystery that revolves around the residents of a former Pennsylvania steel town. When 17-year-old Brooke Bluebell is brutally murdered, any of Hemlock’s peculiar inhabitants – or killer creatures – could be suspects. Through the investigation the town’s seamier side is exposed, revealing nothing is what it seems. Beautiful, terrifying, and graphic, “Hemlock Grove” is unlike anything else in its genre.


Ti West has been hit and miss in my book when it comes to his horror filmmaking, THE ROOST was ok for a first project, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL is amazing , THE INNKEEPERS is…meh, and his segment in V/H/S…well, other than two chicks killin’ a guy, I didn’t see the point so that might be all on me. So while Ti West is an up and coming talent when it comes to the horror genre, he does tend to miss the mark at times; but when he hits that mark, he blows it away and you can see, as his films progress, how he’s still sort of developing his talent.

His next planned work, according to Variety, is a project nothing is currently known about titled SACRAMENT, except that the film will be produced by Eli Roth. This from Variety:

Worldview Entertainment has come on board to finance and produce Ti West’s  horror thriller, “The Sacrament.” The logline is being kep under wraps for “The Sacrament,” which will begin shooting late this month in Georgia.

Eli Roth has been set to present and produce with Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow and Worldview chief operating officer Molly Conners alongside Jacob Jaffke and Peter Phok. Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich and Hoyt David Morgan will exec produce alongside Eric Newman, Ti West and IM Global CEO Stuart Ford.

“I’ve been a Ti West fan since his first film and have watched him continue to grow into one of the smartest and most exciting filmmakers working today. We want to make this Ti’s first mainstream movie, without sacrificing the quality and unflinching horror of the subject matter. And I’m thrilled to once again partner with Worldview Entertainment, as they fully appreciate what we bring to the project and are letting us run wild with it,” said Roth

Here’s a little something you may or may not be aware of when it comes to the films of Eli Roth, I hate them. I hate them immensely. I think CABIN FEVER was derivative as hell, and his HOSTEL films were just gore flicks with no real point to them other than gore for gore’s sake which, other than a showcase for practical effects, are simply boring. Additionally, all of his films are poorly written, with juvenile characters you can’t relate to unless you’re an asshole.

This being said, he hasn’t done such a terrible job when it comes to producing. He seems to allow the filmmakers to do exactly what they want to do without stepping in and taking the reigns as some production companies will often do. I really enjoyed, for example, THE LAST EXORCISM, a film that didn’t seem to have Roth’s vision overtake it at all. In fact, though I know he’s going to continue making films such as his upcoming THE GREEN INFERNO (another potentially derivative work of films like CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST or CANNIBAL FEROX aka MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY), I feel as though his true calling is, perhaps, as a producer.

I say this because though I can’t stand his films, I do appreciate Roth’s love of the genre and his respect for other horror filmmakers and their artistic vision. He has thus far made a fantastic producer, far better than his work as a writer/director, so I actually look forward to THE SACRAMENT and his work with Ti West. I have a feeling that Roth will allow West to create the film he wishes to make, regardless of what he said about bringing West into the “mainstream.” We’ll see. Keep your bloodshot eyes peeled boils ‘n ghouls right here for more information as we receive it.



Director Eli Roth gives fans a first-look into Sin City’s most terrifying horror experience, Eli Roth’s GORETORIUM, with a gruesome video trailer debut on Friday, August 10. The 30-second video gives a glimpse of what guests will be exposed to should they dare to take a tour through Las Vegas first year-round haunt, opening this September.

Get a brief glimpse into Roth’s twisted plans for the world’s first GORETORIUM where his unfiltered approach to horror will be brought from the screen to reality when the mythical Hotel Delmont comes to terrifying life on the Las Vegas Strip.

The self-guided horror experience begins in the lobby of the eerie hotel and unveils gruesome sights of past hotel guest victims, and the serial-killing family behind the deeds at every turn. Employing high-tech Vegas showmanship with old-fashioned scares, the terrifying labyrinth of live actors, animatronic frights and stunning special effects is contained in a vintage hotel setting that rivals Hollywood’s best movie sets. Fans can expect both the trailer and GORETORIUM to have all the gory, classic scares amplified with the edgy spin that has made Roth the new mastermind of horror genre.

Eli Roth’s GORETORIUM is the brainchild of Roth, best known as the creator of the “Hostel” and “Cabin Fever” franchises, and for his role in front of the camera as Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” for which he won SAG Best Ensemble and BFCA Critic’s Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble. His film label “Eli Roth Presents” produced the enormously successful horror hit “The Last Exorcism,” and he currently is shooting the horror series “Hemlock Grove” for Netflix.


We realize that news has been hitting for this film for some time now, but I’ve been working on other things and Kung Fu flicks generally don’t fall under the purview of the wandering Backwoods Horror eye. However, after waiting and watching, we’ve become more and more intrigued. After all, the film harkens back to kung fu exploitation flicks of yesteryear and it boasts quite a bit of the red red groovy. So here you are, faithful readers, everything that’s hit the web so far about the upcoming kung fu splatter-fest, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS which Universal has announced will be hitting theaters November 2, 2012.

The flick, directed by and starring RZA, also stars Russell Crowe, Pam Grier, Jamie Chung, and Lucy Liu. Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth are producing. The film centers on a blacksmith (RZA) in feudal China (makes TOTAL sense, but hey, we’re not going to be watching this flick for its historically realistic aspects) who makes weapons for a small village. He is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers.


Posted on 18th May 2012 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , ,

Yesterday, a press release was issued from Exclusive Media and Worldview Entertainment announcing that they would be partnering with Eli Roth for his next directorial feature (the first in some time) titled THE GREEN INFERNO. As of now, not much is known about the project other than Roth co-wrote the script for the film with Guillermo Amoedo from an idea he had while traveling in Chile. I think we can speculate a bit on what the project is going to be about, however, given that Roth is a fan of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and has something of a history with violent cinema. If you boils ‘n ghouls will remember, the film within a film in Holocaust was The Green Inferno as well. I suppose it’s always possible that this title may be intended to throw us off the scent of what he’s actually up to, but if it’s legit, it may be very safe to assume Roth’s next feature is going to be all about bloody cannibal mayhem. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

Stay tuned to Backwoods Horror for more as this story develops.


Source: Shock Till You Drop

I hadn’t really heard much about the Exorcist-meets-Blair Witch flick COTTON.  I happened upon this little story while browsing Shock Till You Drop:

Lionsgate has picked up the US distribution rights for the Eli Roth produced horror thriller The Last Exorcism (formally titled Cotton).

Helmed by German director Daniel Stamm, the cinema-verite style pic stars Patrick Fabian as a troubled evangelical minister who allows his final exorcism to be filmed by a documentary crew. (It’s the “found footage” formula with an exorcism.)

“It’s always great to work with our friend Eli, who has played a key role in establishing Lionsgate in the vanguard of the horror genre,” said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s prexy of acquisitions and co-productions. “The Last Exorcism feels as close to a real exorcism as anyone would ever want to get — audiences are going to find this movie scary as, well, hell.”

The Last Exorcism will premiere next month at SXSW in Austin, Texas. We’ll keep you posted on an official release date as soon as one is locked down.

With any luck, Eli Roth hasn’t tainted this flick by producing it.  I’d hate to see a director fail because his film wasn’t the way Lionsgate’s “good friend Eli” wanted it to turn out (i.e. shitcakes).


Posted on 12th September 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

In case you weren’t aware, I’m not the biggest fan of ELI ROTH over here at BACKWOODSHORROR.COM.  It may have something to do with the fact that he’s gone from fan of the genre to pompous ass who thinks he can do no wrong.  That’s right, HOSTEL (1 & 2) can lick my nuts.  He makes terrible, derivative garbage and thinks we should all bow down to his sorry ass.  Well, now he’s gone and put his face out there for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).  In addition to this more than likely HURTING PETA’s image more than helping it, we get another glimpse at just what a hippy shitbag he really is.  “Awwww, don’t hurt da widdle aminals!”
I wonder how much animal testing is done for the massive amount of hair gel the man uses on a daily basis…


From Shock Till You Drop:

An official pic from the long-awaited (by some, anyway) follow up to Eli Roth’s CABIN FEVER, CABIN FEVER 2: SPRING FEVER, has surfaced.  Take a look!