Eli Roth

Eli Roth

Highest Rated: 92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel (2011)

Lowest Rated: 0% Cabin Fever (2016)

Birthday: Apr 18, 1972

Birthplace: Not Available

Ask any horror filmmaker about the influences for their celluloid nightmares and chances are they'll come back with something about their childhood fears and attempting to realize the things that scare them most. For Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth it has ultimately become a deeply disturbing mixture of the two. Roth's proliferation in the horror genre coupled with his giddy willingness to play the role of cinema outlaw came at just the time the PG-13 blues were leading many genre aficionados to wonder if there really were anymore filmmakers out there who were still willing to break the rules.As a young horror fanatic, the future New York Film School graduate obsessed over keeping pace with the career trajectory of Evil Dead director Sam Raimi. With a target of 21 as the age by which he should direct his first feature, the ambitious 20-year-old sat down to write a script based on a series of frightening medical incidents that happened to him in his youth. Paralyzed at 12 by a rare virus that strikes one in a million, stricken with a water-borne parasite for which he had to drink poison to stop from eating his insides at 17, and infected with a bacteria that literally caused his skin to peel from his face at 19, Roth adapted the ailments that plagued him into a script for the alternately funny and frighteningly repulsive Cabin Fever in 1995 along with a little help from friend Randy Pearlstein. An independent homage to the 1970s and '80s shockers on which Roth was weaned, Cabin Fever was shot for a paltry 1.5 million dollars in the same North Carolina woods in which his childhood idol had filmed The Evil Dead and went on to spark an unprecedented bidding war when it premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival. When Lion's Gate released Cabin Fever into theaters the following year, Roth was immediately hailed by many horror fans as the true future of the genre. Though some were turned off to the humorous approach that Roth had taken to terror, the more grotesque aspects of Roth's bacterial skin-crawler hinted at a filmmaker not afraid to break from genre convention and play dirty in order to keep his audience squirming in their seats. Of course when your first film creates as big a buzz as Cabin Fever did, what's a filmmaker supposed to do for a follow-up? Armed with the knowledge that his sophomore effort could either make him or break him in the eyes of the horror community, Roth pondered a Cabin Fever sequel and pored through studio scripts in an effort to find the idea that truly terrified him. As fate would have it, friend and fellow film fanatic Harry Knowles of the popular movie website "Ain't it Cool News" contacted Roth just around this time with a story concerning a website that had been brought to his attention where, for a nominal fee, anyone wishing to experience death firsthand could personally murder another human being; the resulting profit generally going to the unfortunate participant's impoverished family. The groundwork for Hostel had been laid. Frustrated by the American film machine and encouraged by like-minded horror fan Quentin Tarantino to press forward with the idea at all costs, Roth locked himself away to pound out the screenplay for the brutally unforgiving Hostel while still thriving on the energy of the Red Sox win at the 2004 World Series. Filmed in Prague for under five million dollars as a way for Roth to visit a place he had always loved (and deliver a notable kiss-off to American unions), Hostel told the tale of two hard-partying American backpackers and their horny Icelandic friend who, while backpacking through Europe, all fall into a grim trap after being lured to a small Slovakian town with the promise of plentiful drugs and beautiful women. By largely abandoning the humor of Cabin Fever to set a more ominous and menacing tone and not allowing his camera to flinch during some of the film's more sanguine moments, Roth proved with Hostel that he could stand alongside


Highest Rated Movies



91% QT8: The First Eight Actor 2019
70% Haunt Producer 2019
No Score Yet O mistério do relógio na parede Director Actor 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls Director 2018
18% Death Wish Director $13.1M 2018
No Score Yet Death wish en español Director 2018
91% Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Actor $72.4K 2016
46% Clown Frowny the Clown Producer $52.3K 2016
0% Cabin Fever Screenwriter 2016
37% Knock Knock Screenwriter Director Producer $0.3M 2015
38% The Green Inferno Director Producer Screenwriter $7.2M 2015
25% The Stranger Producer 2015
No Score Yet The Man with the Iron Fists 2 Executive Producer 2015
64% The Sacrament Producer $5K 2014
No Score Yet Why Horror? Actor 2014
39% Aftershock Screenwriter Producer Gringo $40.7K 2013
15% The Last Exorcism Part II Producer $15.3M 2013
51% The Man With the Iron Fists Screenwriter Producer Wolf Clan #2 $15.7M 2012
42% Rock of Ages Stefano $38.6M 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Eli Roth $7.5K 2011
67% Hostel: Part III Producer 2011
72% The Last Exorcism Producer $41M 2010
74% Piranha 3-D Wet T-shirt Contest MC $25M 2010
No Score Yet Don't Look Up Béla 2010
No Score Yet 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams Producer Actor 2010
89% Inglourious Basterds Sgt. Donny Donowitz $120.6M 2009
No Score Yet Direct Your Own Damn Movie! Actor 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil Actor 2009
60% Heckler Actor 2008
No Score Yet Fantastic Flesh Actor 2008
74% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) Actor 2007
84% Grindhouse Dov/Tucker Screenwriter Director $25M 2007
64% Death Proof Dov 2007
61% Hostel Director Producer Screenwriter $47.3M 2006
No Score Yet 2001 Maniacs Producer Justin 2005
No Score Yet Make Your Own Damn Movie Actor 2005
62% Cabin Fever Screenwriter Director Producer Justin $21.2M 2002


No Score Yet Eli Roth's History of Horror
Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
Appearing Panelist 2016
0% South of Hell
Producer Executive Producer Director 2015
38% Hemlock Grove
Producer Executive Producer Director 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Cupcake Wars
Judge 2012


Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: Teddy fuckin' Williams knocks it outta the park! Fenway Park's on its feet for Teddy fuckin' Ballgame! He went yard on that one! On to fuckin' Lansdowne Street!

Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: We Punch Those Goons Out, Take Their Machine Guns And Burst In Their Blasting.

Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: We punch those goons out, take their machine guns, and burst in there blasting!

Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: Fuck a duck!

Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: Fuck a duck!

Dov says: Dude fucking cut himself falling out of his time machine.

Dov says: [noticing his scar] Dude fucking cut himself falling out of his time machine. [they laugh some more]

Marcy says: He's a doctor like a physician or a professor?

Justin says: Yeah, he's a professor...OF BEING A DOG! OOOH, FACED!...Scratch moded!

Justin says: Yeah, he's a professor... OF BEING A DOG!

Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: [indicating a medal on Rachtman's uniform] You get that for killing Jews?

Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: [Points to Iron Cross medal] Did you get that for killing Jews?

Sgt. Rachtman says: ...Bravery.

Sgt. Rachtman says: Bravery.

Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: ANTONIO MARGAREEETTII!!

Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: Antonio Margaret!

Sgt. Donnie Donowitz says: Antonio Margaretti!