ELI ROTH (Gringo/writer) 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 sparked a frenzied seven-studio bidding war, and went on to be Lionsgate's highest grossing film of 2003, earning $33 million at the box office worldwide, nearly $70 million on DVD and spawning a sequel. Roth's second film, HOSTEL, which he wrote, produced and directed, Executive Produced and Presented by Quentin Tarantino, was a massive hit worldwide, opening #1 both at the domestic box office and on DVD. Produced independently for a nominal budget of $4 million dollars, HOSTEL has to date earned $150 million dollars in theatrical and DVD revenue. HOSTEL earned tremendous critical praise, winning an Empire Magazine Award for Best Horror Film, was named Best American Film of 2006 by "Le Monde," and was ranked as the #1 scariest film of all-time on Bravo's "Even 100 Scarier Movie Moments." Roth followed up with the sequel HOSTEL PART II. Produced for $10 million dollars, HOSTEL PART II earned $35 million dollars at the box office worldwide, an additional $50 million on DVD, and made Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 20 horror films of the decade. 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 will make his long-awaited return to the director's chair with THE GREEN INFERNO, a horror thriller he is also writing.
Previously, Roth appeared as an actor in Quentin Tarantino's DEATH PROOF segment of GRINDHOUSE and wrote and directed the popular faux trailer THANKSGIVING that played in between the features in the film, as well. Tarantino was so pleased with Roth's performance he cast him in a lead role as Sgt. Donnie Donowitz in his World War II epic INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, co-starring alongside Brad Pitt. Roth and his cast members received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, as well as a Broadcast Film Critic's Choice Award and a People's Choice Award. He also directed the propaganda film-within-the-film, NATION'S PRIDE.
In 2009, Roth and producer Eric Newman teamed up to form Arcade Films, a new genre production company, with Roth writing, directing and producing his films only for the company. Their first production, THE LAST EXORCISM, produced with Strike Entertainment, was produced for $1.8 million dollars, sold to Lionsgate, and opened at over $20 million. Their second production, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, was co-written by Roth and Wu-Tang Clan founder The RZA, with Roth and Strike producing, and RZA directing. The film stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, and RZA, and is currently in post-production. Arcade Films recently joined with Netflix and Gaumont Internatinoal Television to adapt Brian McGreevy's popular novel Hemlock Grove into an original hour-long television series, starring Famke Janssen that will air exclusively on Netflix. In addition to serving as executive producer, Roth will direct the first episode. Roth's upcoming projects as a producer include the horror film CLOWN, THE LAST EXORCISM 2, and ENDANGERED SPECIES, which Roth will direct after The Green Inferno.
Roth also opened Eli Roth's Goretorium, a year round haunted attraction in Las Vegas, in September 2012.
Roth currently resides in Los Angeles.