Eli Roth Not A Hack?

hostel-part-ii-eli-rothI haven’t seen Cabin Fever or Hostel, so it might seem a little strange that the first Eli Roth film I saw was Hostel Part II.  Until now I have to admit that I was influenced by the venom that Roth provokes from some people, such as one of my favorite bloggers Nikki Finke (see here, here, here, here, and here) who personally named Roth “Enemy No. 1”. So on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with no other options I reluctantly agreed to watch the recently released sequel. To my surprise, I found the film well written and well made – not the typical mind numbing horror film that’s come out during the ‘horror renaissance’ Hollywood has gone through over the past few years. Apparently Roth plans on expanding out from the horror genre and it’ll be interesting to see what this solid director and writer will produce. In the short term, though, Roth is slated to helm one more scary send-up with the Stephen King penned ‘Cell’.

4 comments… add one
  • Garg the Unzola February 27, 2008, 4:50 pm

    In contrast, Hostel II is the only one I haven’t seen.
    Hostel had a great idea but it just didn’t fulfill its potential for me.

    Roth gets unfairly credited with making ‘horror porn’. I would recommend Cabin Fever.

  • Someone with Taste January 16, 2012, 11:41 pm

    Eli Roth is a complete hack, as most horror directors these days are. The easiest thing to do in Hollywood is horror, especially now, because its audiences are tasteless fools who will eat up any garbage you throw at them, and think they’re watching a good film. Three out of five film graduates are going to try to do horror because they see it as a quick way to notoriety. Studios don’t put much budget into horror films because they have a smaller audience of morons with no taste in actual film.
    If you actually think Hostel II was well written, you are an idiot. Period.
    I met Eli Roth once, and I told him to his face that the Hostel movies were absolute crap.

  • Someone with Taste January 16, 2012, 11:43 pm

    Furthermore, if you call Eli Roth a “Solid director and writer”, you are either a complete FOOL, he’s paying you to say so, or BOTH.

  • Kieran July 17, 2012, 9:03 pm

    Eli is a very talented director and far from a hack.


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