The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is writer, director, producer and sometime actor Eli Roth.
Heading into a weekend devoted to scares, you would be hard pressed to find a filmmaker with a resume and encyclopedic knowledge of fright fare more expansive than Roth. His own horror resume includes the low budget-high gross films Cabin Fever, the Hostel franchise, The Green Inferno, and Knock Knock, and as a producer the credits include The Last Exorcism franchise and many others. As a director he has gravitated from gore to more mainstream fare — Roth filmed this segment from Budapest while in pre-production on the Cate Blanchett-starrer Borderlands which he’ll direct early next year — he continues to exercise his fanaticism for genre in his Eli Roth’s History of Horror TV series and podcasts. Here, he explains how he developed his taste for blood.
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