Much of my youth was spent in the parking lot or inside a Dunkin' Donuts.— Eli Roth
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I've always dreamed of having a year-round haunted house.
I think that many people are ashamed when they feel afraid.
There's this thing in our society that you're not allowed to feel scared. You have to be a man and put on a brave face, but we all have fears.
I always say that no matter what the torture is, or the tool is, first of all it's nothing worse than what's been done already and that wasn't done by the church and the state for over a period of 250 years during the European witch trials.
Possession and exorcism is something that’s in every religion and every culture. It’s a real primal fear: Is the body a vessel for our spirits? What happens if something else takes over it? Where does the spirit go?
Horror is like comedy. Woody Allen's comedy is going to be very different from Ben Stiller's comedy which is going to be different from Adam Sandler's comedy which is going to be different from Judd Apatow's comedy. They're all comedy, but they're all very different types and you can enjoy all of them. Horror is the same way.
Anytime you're the first to speak out against something, there's going to be a backlash.
With 'Hostel II' I thought I had a very, very strong female audience so I'm going to make a movie that's going to appeal to them. The guys will love it, they'll have their moments. But there'll be a lot more male nudity in this one. I have a lot of sausage in this one!
There's something very scary about exposing yourself on camera, knowing that you're going to be put on thousands of screens around the world for everyone to judge, but there's also something very thrilling and exciting about it.
I want an iPhone 5, someone said something nasty on twitter, or my boyfriend isn't texting me back, like whatever the thing is that seems so major in your life, when a real disaster hits you suddenly strips it all away and you see what's really important and who you really are.
I think horror should never be safe, whether it's violent or non violent.
I've always been fascinated by the idea that there's no such thing as evil;
it's all in your point of view. To one group a suicide bomber is the antichrist and to one he's a hero.
You know, the best thing you can say about a horror film is, 'Don't see it.'
I have control issues. For sure, no question.
The best movies now are called 'thrillers.
' Because if you use the word 'horror,' people's associations are straight-to-video crap.
You have to trust your instincts and hope the fans like what you do, but you don't gut check with the fans. If we're going to make a series, people are going to have a lot of opinions and if there's one overwhelming majority or one thing you continuously hear repeated from the fans, you certainly take that into account going into next season.
Once I got over the fear of writing female characters, it actually came quite easily and I was really happy with it. I just thought about girls I knew really, really well and I'd just have conversations with them and tried to relay how they talk about certain things.
Quentin Tarantino assistant called me and said: "I have good news and bad news.
The good news is you got the part, the bad news is you have to do it." I was like: "Oh Jesus, when am I supposed to do this?" I was prepping Hostel.
You do need an outlet to release all of those fears.
You build it up and then, when you go to a movie theater, it's the last place that it's socially acceptable to be terrified. It's saying that, for the next 90 minutes, you're allowed to be afraid and you're not a coward for feeling that way.
You have to write scenes and design scenes that are scary and horrific, but that are also watchable. I didn't want people to just feel like they got punched in the stomach.
You know, I'm from Boston, and in Boston, you are born with a baseball bat in your hand.
As a kid, I was the neighbourhood baby-sitter - very responsible, always in charge.
If you are having fun on the set, you are not getting things done.
I never put out a vanilla edition of a DVD.
When I go see an R-rated horror movie, I want lots of violence.
If you don’t want to be scared in a horror film, don’t close your eyes. Close your ears.
Even the European critics... They said Hostel is the smartest film they'd seen on capitalism and how it's gone too far.
I've always wanted to be involved in an exorcism movie.
But I thought, "How do you make something scarier than The Exorcist?" The answer is you don't. But that doesn't mean you can't make something that is original and interesting.
I feel like in the '90s, horror just lost its way and everything became so safe and watered-down.
You'd be lucky to get tortured to death in one of my films.
It's the best thing that could happen to your career. But I'm very aware that as soon as you put women in this situation, all of a sudden people are like: "Wow, well wait a second!" Immediately, people become very sensitive to it.
The point of the first one was that it was about guys being lured by sex and the stereotypes... I always say it's like a horror version of Borat. Borat's not an accurate depiction of Khazakstan, it's an accurate depiction of America. That's what Hostel is.
It's the difference between hunting a lion and hunting a deer.
If someone hunts a lion, it's like: "Wow, they're brave!" But if they're hunting a deer it's like: "That poor deer!" I know that. I know that guys getting killed is horrible but people have seen it before. You've seen The Evil Dead. With girls, it's like: "I don't want to see that happening..." I know that.
I think in the late '80s and early '90s horror was dead.
I love historical movies. I want to make a violent medieval epic.
I was listening to music to kind of pump myself up and get psyched up, like I was listening to Iron Maiden and Misfits and Dead Kennedys, and it was like my '80s Massachusetts parking-lot heavy metal and Guns N' Roses.
My parents love it! They're on set. They make cameos in the movie. My father is a psycho-analyst and a professor at Harvard and he told me how many of the other professors at Harvard have gone and seen it. They love 'Hostel' and they love the thought behind it.
'Eraserhead' is a weird, horrible nightmare, and it doesn't narratively make sense. Stuff's happening, but you honestly feel like you're in a nightmare, and it has such disturbing imagery that it stays with you forever once you've seen it.
When I'm filming a kill scene [as a director], I just get happier and happier as we chop up body parts.
One of the great elements of the supernatural is having that mystery and letting people's imaginations run wild with it.
Everyone is so terrified of being labeled a racist.
All the copycat movies were always PG-13 and people said: "Nobody wants violence."
One of the great joys of life, now that you can afford a nice suit, is getting one for free. That's why I like to do press tours - I always say making movies is just an excuse to get free clothing.
I think filmmakers, in general... There are some awesome, really great filmmakers - but on the whole, filmmakers, actors, I think they are the biggest bunch of whiny, over-paid babies on the planet.
When I was 22, I had this horrible psoriasis outbreak.
It was all over my legs, I couldn't walk because my legs were cracked and bleeding. Weird things like that can happen to your body.
I started the film [Hostel Part II]with the girls in an art class and there's a nude male model. People think that women are objectified, well here you go! Here's a man being objectivized but now it's under the guise of art.
What is important to me is that people know I respect the business of making movies.
Borat shows American stereotypes of Eastern Europe but it's an accurate depiction of what a certain type of American is. They think they can buy and sell these girls and then they get bought and sold.
I want to have an ending where people say: "That's the most shocking ending I've ever seen in a mainstream horror film."
'Troll 2' is one of the rare sequels where you don't have to waste time watching the first one, since the films have absolutely nothing to do with one another.
Hopefully we'll get to a point where people realize movies don't cause violence.
It just reflects the violence going on in the culture.