Dear Mister Roth,
If you decide to make a cannibal movie and dedicate it to the creator of 'the mother of all cannibal movies', you should come with something more impressive than this.
If you really wanted to honour Ruggero Deodato and his infamous 'Cannibal Holocaust' (1980), your film should have been at least as disturbing as your own 'Hostel'.
I honestly have no idea why you went for such a lame spectacle with a cheap happy end.
Watched on Netflix
Director Eli Roth is a mean pig.
No, not only because he likes to be wished to go to hell in film commentaries and reviews, but also because he sends his protagonists through hell, cruelly tortures them, cuts them up, destroys their bodies completely. On the surface, this is always accompanied by a show of violence and is consistently owed to the (often quoted by him) exploitation cinema of past, slimy times.
However, reducing his films to…
This is one of the hardest for me to rate all year. On the one hand, I kept wanting to know where it was going. Knowing Eli's tendencies, I needed to see just how far he was going to take things. Unfortunately, the answer is not far enough. As it was coming to an end, I felt the movie needed to deliver a punch and it completely pulled said punch, leaving me limp and whispering the last phrase you ever…
Slick and twisted fun, Knock Knock is basically a blend of Fatal Attraction and Hard Candy. Poor Keanu Reeves is forced to have a night of hot sex with two girls who just turned up on his doorstep. He then starts to regret it all when they turn out to be ever-so-slightly batshit insane. While the main point of the movie seems obvious, Eli Roth seems once again to be trying to comment on those who rush to judgment and…
Eli Roth delivers a twist on the Home Invasion horror genre, but after an interesting set up it feels like he has no idea where to go.
This might have got away with the plot holes and the general running out of steam if it had a real sense of tension but it never quite gets there.
However it's quite fun and sexy throughout, and presumably adds a modern slant to 'Death Game', the 1977 film on which it is apparently based.
This is an absolute anomaly to try to place into a rating system. It ranges from being amazing to terrible with the swiftest of ease. Ranging from brilliance to stupidity without even trying. I'll try my best to explain.
We got Evan here, played by the best bad actor out there Keanu Reeves. Now I love the guy, but his ability to act impedes on this films most intense moments. Other than that his character is a basic every…
"'I'm glad we knocked on your door." -Bel,
-Eli Roth Ranked: boxd.it/295SE
Oh, this movie is a nightmare, for better and for worse.
A nice yuppie family man alone for the weekend is surprised by two attractive young women at his door in need of help. After a strange night, this perfect 1%'er DJ dad finds himself in the midst of a totally fucked up situation. 90% of the film takes place in a nice house/backyard over a weekend. This…
What are you doing Eli?
Cabin fever was interesting and the first two hostels were a lot of fun. This sadly was very average. I was waiting for something really daring or wild to happen given the director but it just plodded along and was fairly mundane. Keanu was a poor choice of lead as well as I think this was out of his comfort zone and he was out of place here.
Keanu Reeves should never be trusted with a monologue.
I could not handle the weakness of his character. And his limited acting range made it worse at times. In real life these two bitches would have gotten knocked the fuck out real early on.
I liked the ending and can appreciate the message, but all the same something about it wore on my nerves. I wasn't totally behind anyone's motives.