Thursday, February 4, 2016
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Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira
Universal / Region A / Rated R / 2.40:1 widescreen (1080p) / English DTS-HD master audio 5.1 / English, Spanish and French subtitles / 101 minutes
Extras: Feature Commentary with Co-Writer-Director-Producer Eli Roth, Producer Nicolas Lopez, and Stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara / Photo Gallery
I know the title of this article would suggest otherwise, but I am actually a fan of Eli Roth. His gory visions of flesh-ravaging diseases in Cabin Fever and lexicon-changing Hostel ("torture porn") and its sequel are fantastic horror movies. They combine the slick look of Hollywood movies and the attitude and graphic violence of the retro genre movies Roth obviously loves. His fake trailer "Thanksgiving" for the Tarantino/Rodriguez co-directed Grindhouse was easily one of my favorites of the lot. He makes guest appearances in other Tarantino films. Acts in over-the-top, fun remakes like Piranha 3D. Has his hand in producing other horror-related movies and TV shows like "Hemlock Grove". All because the guy loves old-school horror and exploitation movies. But can having one foot in the often offensive world of exploitation films and one in Hollywood be a detriment to his art?