Hostel

Hostel (2005)

Hostel first published (in a slightly different version) by EyeforFilm, 22 March, 20006 One has to feel a little bit sorry for Eli Roth. After his breakthrough debut with Cabin Fever (2002), a hilariously icky pastiche of seventies and eighties horror motifs, this young, articulate filmmaker, with his flair for self-promotion and his list of personal friends…

Clock

The House With A Clock In Its Walls (2018)

The House With A Clock In Its Walls first published by Little White Lies Eli Roth has made his name making puerile films for adults – the sick Evil Dead riffing of his debut Cabin Fever (2002), the touristic torture porn of Hostel (2005) and its sequel, the cannibalising of Italian anthropological schlock in The…

Clown (2014)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks In October of 2010, a trailer appeared on YouTube for a horror film named Clown – expressly, as the title card at the end showed, “An Eli Roth Production”, directed by Roth himself. All this was in fact a cunningly plausible fake, engineered by TV director Jon Watts and his fellow writer/co-conspirator Christopher…

Aftershock

Aftershock (2012)

Aftershock first appeared in Sight & Sound, September 2013 Synopsis: Valparaíso. Affluent Chileans Ariel and Pollo show off ‘the real Chile’ to international guests Gringo, Monica, Irina and Kylie, when a severe earthquake strikes, followed by aftershocks and rape-happy, murderous convicts escaped from the local prison – with a tsunami on its way too. No-one survives. Review:  “You’re…