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Eli Roth produces disaster horror and a killer clown

Nov. 17, 2010by:

While we're still waiting for splatmaster Eli Roth to expand his GRINDHOUSE trailer THANKSGIVING to feature length and make his sci-fi epic ENDANGERED SPECIES, he's been busy behind the scenes, and not just killing/being killed in movies like INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and PIRANHA 3D.

The HOSTEL director is producing a pair of new movies, the first of which is CLOWN, which emerged from a fake trailer that used his name without his knowledge or consent (check it below).

CLOWN, from commercial/music vid director Jon Watts and writer Christopher D. Ford, follows the story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and make-up to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover the costume – red nose and wig included – will not come off, and his own personality changing in horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.

"I was blown away when I saw that CLOWN trailer," Roth said. "Everyone thought it was real, or that I had at least made a fake trailer. I called the guys right away and their first response was 'Thank you for not suing us!' I said 'Sue you? Let's make this into a real film!' They are incredibly talented, smart guys ready to make their feature debut."

Roth is also producing AFTERSHOCK, a "high-octane horror-thriller set during the aftermath of the February 27, 2010 Chilean earthquake." Roth is writing it with Latin-American filmmakers Nicolás López and Guillermo Amoedo, with López set to direct. López, who hails from Chile, recently directed the Spanish-language hit FUCK MY LIFE or FML (“Que Pena Tu Vida”). Roth and Lopez wanted to make something "with the intensity of a film like [REC]."

Extra Tidbit: Roth is working on The RZA's old-school kung fu flick THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, which is scheduled to shoot next month.
Source: JoBlo.com

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10:44PM on 11/17/2010
Umm. So is he ever actually going to ever direct again or does he consider Hostel 2 the zenith of what he and filmaking as a whole can achieve? Anyway, he does know the clown thing was supposed to be funny and was mocking him, right? Whatever. I actually liked Hostel but this just seems stupid.
Umm. So is he ever actually going to ever direct again or does he consider Hostel 2 the zenith of what he and filmaking as a whole can achieve? Anyway, he does know the clown thing was supposed to be funny and was mocking him, right? Whatever. I actually liked Hostel but this just seems stupid.
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11:31PM on 11/17/2010
Hey Eli, that clown movie is stupid. Ever read the RL Stine book about the halloween mask that when put on doesn't come off and begins to change its owner? Yeah, not original. Stop funding these dumb ass projects and start working on a movie that is--oh--watchable.
Hey Eli, that clown movie is stupid. Ever read the RL Stine book about the halloween mask that when put on doesn't come off and begins to change its owner? Yeah, not original. Stop funding these dumb ass projects and start working on a movie that is--oh--watchable.
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11:52PM on 11/17/2010
Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask. Nuff' said. As far as RZA's movie goes, I cannot fucking wait.
Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask. Nuff' said. As far as RZA's movie goes, I cannot fucking wait.
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12:00AM on 11/18/2010

i'm one of the few who like him

IS THIS ASSHOLE GOING TO DIRECT ANY GODDAMN THING AGAIN??
IS THIS ASSHOLE GOING TO DIRECT ANY GODDAMN THING AGAIN??
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12:43AM on 11/18/2010
I'm a fan of Roth and think he is talented (give me thumbs down, don't care). The clown movie sounds cool because clowns are scary and with Roth's talent I think it can be great.
I'm a fan of Roth and think he is talented (give me thumbs down, don't care). The clown movie sounds cool because clowns are scary and with Roth's talent I think it can be great.
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1:18AM on 11/18/2010

RL Stine's book?

Haha. Anyone (Ahem. Look below) who uses that as an excuse to knock the Clown movie he's involved with is just reaching for a reason to hate on Roth. Give me a break. If every person who ever made a movie kept it entirely original, and didn't borrow at least one idea from someone else, we'd have a grand total of 600 films to watch. Ever.

Clowns scare the shit out of me, and I for one am creeped out and intrigued by that fake trailer. I look forward to hearing more about the real deal. I
Haha. Anyone (Ahem. Look below) who uses that as an excuse to knock the Clown movie he's involved with is just reaching for a reason to hate on Roth. Give me a break. If every person who ever made a movie kept it entirely original, and didn't borrow at least one idea from someone else, we'd have a grand total of 600 films to watch. Ever.

Clowns scare the shit out of me, and I for one am creeped out and intrigued by that fake trailer. I look forward to hearing more about the real deal. I think Roth can be pretty great at times.
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2:46AM on 11/18/2010
Roth is a cool dude. His movies are shit, and I think he should be banned from ever directing another film again, but the fact that he saw this trailer (which is awesome) and is using his resources to give these dudes their shot is waaaaaaaay cool. Badass dude, right there.
Roth is a cool dude. His movies are shit, and I think he should be banned from ever directing another film again, but the fact that he saw this trailer (which is awesome) and is using his resources to give these dudes their shot is waaaaaaaay cool. Badass dude, right there.
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9:46AM on 11/18/2010
Very cool of him.

But didn't the Aqua Teen Hunger Force already do something like this in that episode called "The Clowning" or something like that where Carl slowly turns into a clown after donning a wig?
Very cool of him.

But didn't the Aqua Teen Hunger Force already do something like this in that episode called "The Clowning" or something like that where Carl slowly turns into a clown after donning a wig?
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3:52PM on 11/18/2010

Well done Jon Watts Christopher D. Ford!

Not a fan of his Hostel movies, but I will forever love and respect him for Thanksgiving and turning Hitler's face into swiss cheese. This fan trailer is great and Roth deserves maximum respect for helping these guys make their first feature.
Not a fan of his Hostel movies, but I will forever love and respect him for Thanksgiving and turning Hitler's face into swiss cheese. This fan trailer is great and Roth deserves maximum respect for helping these guys make their first feature.
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