How Eli Roth would have you spend 24 hours.

Posted by Peter Hall - October 24th 2007 @ 3:38 pm

First off, thanks to John for the heads up.

I, sadly, do not read the Onion’s A.V. Club with any regularity, so I don’t know if Eli Roth is a regular contributor or this is solely a tie-in with the release of Hostel II on DVD, but either way they have a great feature up with Roth programming 24 hours of commercially available horror.

As much as I dislike anything Roth has done post-Cabin Fever, I still hold that he is a great historian for horror.  He is the most interesting talking head on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments.  His multiple Cabin Fever commentaries are fun to listen to – and, trivia time, also where the title of this site comes from.

His list, totaling 13 movies, is a detailed one complete with start time and order in which they should be played.  It is a good read that’ll likely introduce even the most adamant horror lovers to at least one picture they haven’t seen.  Though I guess you should ignore the fact that even with all the longest versions, he doesn’t break 21 hours. 

It is also a revealing read.  For one thing, Roth gives a deliberate order in which the films should be viewed, but some of his picks (The Wicker Man and Audition, to name only two) are so slow that it would be damn near impossible to maintain any kinetic energy.  Perhaps this explains why Roth’s own films suffer pacing issues – he just doesn’t know where the slow turns should go and how often.

The other, instinctively contradictory revelation here is that Roth picks only one film made past 1990.  I have absolutely nothing against aged horror, I love it in fact, but what eludes me is why Roth holds all of these older films in such high regard, yet you would absolutely never know he had reverence for high class if you watched his own films.  Just further evidence that I believe the new wave of horror directors craft their films with a false memory of what the classics really were like.

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  1. October 25th, 2007 | 8:34 am | #1

    “I’m Eli Roth! This movie, this movie, this movie and this movie influenced me while making Hostel, a movie that turned out worse than each of them. But those bastards who did Blair Witch? They STOLE from the film abomination known as Cannibal Holocaust, and in turn, made an excellent film!

    “Good God, what the hell am I doing wrong?”

    The AV Club is one of my favorite sites (*ahem* besides this one, of course). Partly because Eli Roth is not a regular contributor. They do a lot of these “list” type things, and since it’s that time of year, they asked a horror film personality to participate. Were it a month or two ago, they probably would have asked Rob Zombie.

    Being a fan of TCM’s Underground, I’d have to think Zombie’s list would have been better. He needs to get back to hosting that show again.

  2. Brian
    October 25th, 2007 | 8:45 am | #2

    I do not think older necessarily equates to “high class.” Sure he has a couple “classy” picks (The Vanishing, The Thing), but I’m afraid movies like Zombie and Cannibal Holocaust are what he truly gets off on.

    I would be astounded if Roth has never masturbated to a picture of an open sore.

  3. October 25th, 2007 | 9:56 am | #3

    Of course he has. Didn’t you see Cabin Fever?

  4. October 25th, 2007 | 10:47 am | #4

    I honstly liked everything Eli Roth has done including Hostel and Part II. I’m not sure what is in store for him next or what heplans on doing but if it’s not a horor movie i might be disapointed. I heard he was going to try and work on a comedy movie…Umm…right? But I know he does use elements of comedy within his horror…but whatever…i really like Hostel (also does anyone know any horror movies like hostel that r brutal and hostle? give me an e-mail at or msg me on i’m into horror/gore/torture movies…hook me up with some

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