Top Quotes from Eli Roth

By | March 1, 2016

Natural disasters are terrifying – that loss of control, this feeling that something is just going to randomly end your life for absolutely no reason is terrifying. But, what scares me is the human reaction to it and how people behave when the rules of civility and society are obliterated.

Eli Roth

Las Vegas is a 24-hour city. It never stops.

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I’ve always been fascinated by the idea that there’s no such thing as evil; it’s all in your point of view. To one group a suicide bomber is the antichrist and to one he’s a hero.

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Life is a series of avoiding horrible situations until ultimately you’re dead. That’s how I feel about things.

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My phobias worsen as I get older. I’m scared of flying, driving. I’m terrified of sharks. I’m a germaphobe. But I try to face my fears; I do. Well, most of them.

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Chile could work as a double for L.A.; it’s very production-friendly and there’s terrific talent down there.

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Horror movies are the best date movies. There’s no wondering, ‘When do I put my arm around her?’

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I saw ‘Alien’ when I was 8 years old. To me, it was like a combination of Jaws and Star Wars, and that’s the movie that made me want to be a director.

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There’s fear in everything, but we can’t just succumb to that. We have to suppress it, so we get used to suppressing fear to make it through the our day. Otherwise, we’d become paralyzed by them.

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Cabin Fever’ was very much inspired by ‘The Thing.’ It’s really a perfect guy’s horror movie: There’s no love story, it’s just straight-up horror. And it’s so well-done. It moves at a slow pace, but it’s really terrific.

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I think characters are most terrifying when they’re relatable. It’s best when your most horrible characters make sense, and are believable. That’s when a movie is most terrifying.

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When people direct insults at me, I can take it.

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You know, the dirty secret in the Director’s Guild is that the average life expectancy of Director’s Guild members is 57 years old. The stress level is so high and directors are generally really out of shape, cause they sit in the chair and they eat craft service.

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I think that many people are ashamed when they feel afraid. There’s this thing in our society that you’re not allowed to feel scared. You have to be a man and put on a brave face, but we all have fears.

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Creative writing and shooting are muscles that atrophy. But when you work them, you become a self-generator who can branch out.

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The scariest people are usually the sweetest.

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Beatrice Cenci’ was an amazing film. If it were released today it’d win Best Picture. It’s so well done, it’s so contemporary, and the filmmaking is so smart.

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I have no tattoos. There’s nothing I’ve even been that into to get a tattoo of it.

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Possession and exorcism is something that’s in every religion and every culture. It’s a real primal fear: Is the body a vessel for our spirits? What happens if something else takes over it? Where does the spirit go?

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I like to take risks and do weird things and stuff that’s not normal compared to other Hollywood movies. Not stuff that’s totally avant garde and daring, but doing stuff that’s in other languages and not using stars and using real people – things that they generally don’t do in mainstream films.

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Once I got over the fear of writing female characters, it actually came quite easily and I was really happy with it. I just thought about girls I knew really, really well and I’d just have conversations with them and tried to relay how they talk about certain things.

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There’s something very scary about exposing yourself on camera, knowing that you’re going to be put on thousands of screens around the world for everyone to judge, but there’s also something very thrilling and exciting about it.

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For a long time, I had a crazy girl dating habit.

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Eraserhead’ is a weird, horrible nightmare, and it doesn’t narratively make sense. Stuff’s happening, but you honestly feel like you’re in a nightmare, and it has such disturbing imagery that it stays with you forever once you’ve seen it.

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Even post-WWII, nobody talked about the Holocaust. It wasn’t until the ’50s that people started talking about it.

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When you make a film for a million and a half dollars and it opens at 20 million, the next question out of everyone’s mouth is, ‘When’s the next one, when’s the next one, when’s the next one?’

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Look at comic books. It used to be something that only geeks were into. And now it’s everywhere.

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I love movies. I mean, I really, really love movies.

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Horror audiences don’t need to see some TV actor they’re familiar with.

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I get a little too obsessive with work.

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I need to eliminate ‘like’ from my vocabulary. I begin sentences with, ‘That’s seriously like… ‘ I hear myself talking in this Los Angeles high-school student kind of way, and I hate it.

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I have so many different projects, I hear voices in my head – the characters talking all at once – and I have to write to make them stop.

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I’ve always dreamed of having a year-round haunted house.

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There’s a crazy, false notion that audiences are not patient or will not watch a story, that you have to put in a scare every ten minutes. But I always thought that was insane.

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It’s just assumed that a horror sequel is going to be bad. It’s never going to be as good as the first one.

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I want people to see my name on a movie, pay money and know they’re going to be entertained for 90 minutes.

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Anytime you make a movie, the goal is a wide theatrical release, with the right distributor.

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As a kid, my idols were Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson, and I get into crazy races with myself. Raimi was 21 when he made movies, and when I didn’t get ‘Cabin Fever’ made that fast I thought I’d failed.

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What is important to me is that people know I respect the business of making movies.

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I think that horror films have a very direct relationship to the time in which they’re made. The films that really strike a film with the public are very often reflecting something that everyone, consciously or unconsciously feeling – atomic age, post 9-11, post Iraq war; it’s hard to predict what people are going to be afraid of.

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I generally follow my own compass and make films about what’s scaring me.

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You know, I’m from Boston, and in Boston, you are born with a baseball bat in your hand.

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I feel like in the ’90s, horror just lost its way and everything became so safe and watered-down.

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When I go see an R-rated horror movie, I want lots of violence.

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I’d love to see us get to a point where you can make a movie and not worry about the limits of the violence. Then I think they’d get so violent that people would get bored of it.

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Horror is like comedy. Woody Allen’s comedy is going to be very different from Ben Stiller’s comedy which is going to be different from Adam Sandler’s comedy which is going to be different from Judd Apatow’s comedy. They’re all comedy, but they’re all very different types and you can enjoy all of them. Horror is the same way.

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Much of my youth was spent in the parking lot or inside a Dunkin’ Donuts.

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Well, anytime I make a movie, I like to load it up with more things than you could ever catch on the first viewing.

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I never put out a vanilla edition of a DVD.

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Anytime you’re the first to speak out against something, there’s going to be a backlash.

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I’ve realized that I can’t multitask in the writing department; I can only kind of do one thing at a time.

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The best movies now are called ‘thrillers.’ Because if you use the word ‘horror,’ people’s associations are straight-to-video crap.

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