ELI ROTH burst onto the film scene at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival with his debut film, CABIN FEVER, which he produced, directed, and co-wrote. Produced independently for a budget of $1.5 million dollars, CABIN FEVER was the highest selling film at the festival after a frenzied bidding war between seven studios. CABIN FEVER went on to be Lionsgate's highest grossing film of 2003, earning $33 million at the box office worldwide, and nearly $70 million on DVD.
Roth's second film, HOSTEL, which he wrote, produced, and directed, (executive produced and presented by Quentin Tarantino) was a massive hit worldwide, opening number one both at the domestic box office and on DVD. Produced independently for a nominal budget of $4 million dollars, HOSTEL has earned $150 million dollars to date in theatrical and DVD revenue. HOSTEL earned tremendous critical praise, winning the Empire magazine award for best horror film, Best American film of 2006 by "Le Monde," and was the number one scariest film of all time on Bravo's "Even 100 Scarier Movie Moments." Roth followed up with the sequel HOSTEL PART II, released in the summer of 2007 worldwide. Produced for $10 million dollars, HOSTEL PART II earned $35 million dollars at the box office worldwide, and an additional $50 million on DVD. All of Roth's films have been made without major stars, and his success has given him name-above-the title status and first dollar gross.
Roth's films have garnered critical acclaim around the globe, with glowing reviews from The New York Times, Le Monde, Rolling Stone, Empire Magazine, Maxim, Film Comment, Entertainment Weekly, and Premiere Magazine. Roth has been profiled and interviewed in such publications as G.Q., Elle, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Flaunt, Esquire, New York Magazine, I-D, Stuff, and Maxim magazine. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, MTV'S TOTAL REQUEST LIVE, THE JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW, BEST WEEK EVER, YOUR WORLD TODAY WITH NEIL CAVUTO, THE TREATMENT WITH ELVIS MITCHELL and THE HOWARD STERN SHOW. Roth's name has become so synonymous with directing that he has been an answer in the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle four times. He has been featured on the cover of the magazines Hollywood Covered, Horror Hound, and Gore Zone, and Forbes. Roth is widely credited for bringing back the current wave of R-rated horror films that have revived the box office, and his films have redefined the movie studios perception low budget horror movies.
An accomplished animator with 20 animated shorts under his belt, Roth also appeared as an actor in Quentin Tarantino's DEATH PROOF segment of GRINDHOUSE. Roth wrote and directed the popular faux trailer THANKSGIVING that played in between the features in GRINDHOUSE.
In 2008 Roth teamed up with producer Eric Newman to form Arcade Films, a new genre company that will produce 2-3 genre films annually, with Roth writing, directing and producing his films only for the company. Through Arcarde Films, Roth is producing THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, written and directed by Wu-Tang Clan founder The RZA, PSYCHO KILLER, a horror film written by SEVEN writer Andy Kevin Walker, and Roth's next feature, a sci-fi action thriller, which begins preproduction this spring.
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