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Ti West To Direct Horror Thriller 'The Sacrament,' With Eli Roth Producing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 2:32 PM
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It ended up going a little unsung on release earlier this year, and not every Playlist staffer dug it, but this writer was quite taken with Ti West's "The Innkeepers" when he finally caught up with a few months back. An atmospheric, unsettling little ghost story with some fine performances from Sara Paxton and Pat Healy, it might have some silly moments and come a little unstuck at the end, but it was well made and genuinely creepy, cementing West's position as one of the fastest rising names in independent horror cinema.

Eli Roth Says He's "Cracked The Story" On Turning 'Thanksgiving' Short Into A Feature Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 11:03 AM
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It's hard to believe, but it's coming on five years now since Eli Roth last directed a feature-length film ("Hostel: Part II"). Since then, he's been busy as a producer, throwing his weight behind "The Last Exorcism," the upcoming films "Aftershock" and "The Man With Iron Fists" (both of which he co-wrote as well). But he hasn't stayed away from directing entirely, helming the short "Nation's Pride," which appeared in his buddy Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," as well as the pilot for the upcoming Netflix horror series "Hemlock Grove." And while Roth has had a couple of projects percolating -- including the sci-fi flick "Endangered Species," which he said last summer will be his next film -- "Grindhouse" fans will be happy to know one particular project still has some life.

Jaume Collet-Serra Out, Eli Roth In For 'Harker' With Russell Crowe

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 10, 2012 10:20 PM
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Multi-hyphenate Eli Roth certainly hasn't just been lazing about over the past decade—he tackled a sizeable role as the Bear Jew in buddy Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds," kick-started a new horror franchise as a producer with "The Last Exorcism," and soon will even be starring in Chilean earthquake thriller "Aftershock" (which he also produced)—but he has been absent from the director's chair since 2007's "Hostel: Part 2." While many are divided on whether Roth is a genre maven or just a lucky hack, there's no denying he's had a solid fan base hounding for an extension of his "Grindhouse" faux trailer "Thanksgiving" for some time now, with Roth even looking to expand the scope of his filmmaking with a big budget sci-fi picture entitled "Endangered Species." Word has been quiet on both those fronts, but now a little news has stirred up that could have Roth finally directing on a much larger scale.

To Get Ready for 'Cabin in the Woods,' Here Are The Top 5 Cabin Movies

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 10, 2012 10:05 AM
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Everything from “The Truman Show” to John Carpenter’s “Halloween” is chopped up and blended in the pop culture Cuisinart that is Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s irrepressible “Cabin in the Woods.” But it quite clearly owes a certain debt to a very specific type of horror sub-genre set primarily in a rickety homestead in the forest, one just desolate or decrepit enough to be rife with the possibility of evil spirits, demented madmen, psychic trauma… or all of the above. When Whedon originally came to Goddard with the concept, he gleefully suggested making a “cabin movie.” While “Cabin in the Woods” ended up being much more than that (it's an acidic takedown and euphoric celebration of all things horror), we wanted to briefly cite five of the films that contributed, either directly or through the pop culture ether, to “Cabin in the Woods.”

Edgar Ramirez To Star In Richard Kelly's 'Corpus Christi' Produced By Robert Rodriguez & Eli Roth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 6:09 PM
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Oh hey, Richard Kelly, remember him? He's the director who came out of the gate with promise after "Donnie Darko, and then squandered that goodwill with the bellyflop that was "Southland Tales" and then the horror movie no one saw called "The Box." For the past few years he's been trying to get "Corpus Christi" off the ground, and in fact, just over a year ago, he was hoping to pull together the financing to shoot it last summer. Obviously that didn't happen but a couple fellow genre specialists are helping him to get the movie rolling.

Eli Roth To Star, Selena Gomez To Cameo In Earthquake Thriller 'Aftershock'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 9:57 AM
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It was well over a year ago that word first arrived that Eli Roth was lending his producing powers to a couple of genre flicks: "Clown" based on a fake movie trailer from commercial directors Jon Watts and Christopher D. Ford and "Aftershock," a high-octane horror-thriller set during the aftermath of the February 27, 2010 Chilean earthquake. And then, not much else was heard of since. Well, with buyers now headed to Germany for the Berlin Film Festival, one title already has several interested suitors fighting each other to snag the rights.

Ashley Bell Returns For 'The Last Exorcism' Sequel, Film To Be Completed By The End Of 2012

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 22, 2012 1:26 PM
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It’s long been said you shouldn’t mess with a good thing, and those looking to capitalize on the success of the recent wave of found footage films should heed that advice.

'Corman's World' Director Alex Stapleton Talks About Wrangling Jack Nicholson & Being Inspired By The King Of Exploitation Cinema

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 15, 2011 9:57 AM
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There isn't a splashier or more sensational documentary subject than Roger Corman, a man who has produced hundreds of exploitation and genre movies over the years, answering to no one but himself.

Eli Roth-Produced Horror Series 'Hemlock Grove' Headed to Netflix (Who May Be Purchased By Verizon...)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 13, 2011 12:35 PM
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Hot on the heels of the announcement of several original series for the streaming/mailorder behemoth Netflix (which, truthfully, has seen better days), Deadline is reporting that the company has put in a 13-episode order for a new Eli Roth-produced horror series called "Hemlock Grove," based on a Brian McGreevy novel that comes out this spring (McGreevy will co-write the series with his writing partner Lee Shipman). "Hemlock Grove" now joins the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey drama "House of Cards," comedy "Orange is the New Black" (from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan), and a brand new season of "Arrested Development," as original projects for the company. While this new creative blood might be enough to sway people back on the side of Netflix, it's another potential buyout that are making investors really happy.

Watch: 'Hostel 3' Trailer Features Gratuitous Ass Shots & A Wheel Of Misfortune

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 2:17 AM
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The "Hostel" franchise was never any great piece of cinematic art. It basically just got a bunch of attractive young people together and then tortured them all for our cinematic "pleasure." But as low rent as the series has been so far, the upcoming direct-to-DVD sequel is far more shallow and lame-brained than even we would have expected.

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