Want To Know What Inspired Eli Roth’s Hostel Movies?

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eli roth Want To Know What Inspired Eli Roths Hostel Movies?Rotten Tomatoes just published Eli Roth’s list of “The Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen.” Now keep in mind that this is the opinion of the guy who brought us the Hostel movies (ok, I actually liked the first one) and got all mad when audiences didn’t show up for Hostel 2 and blamed it on illegal downloads of all things.

His list is comprised entirely of obscure Italian horror films that you probably have indeed never heard of (I know I certainly hadn’t). The films include titles like Torso, Who Can Kill A Child, and Night Train Murders. He refers to these as a genre known as “giallo films,” which, since I don’t speak Italian I have no idea what that means.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know how much credence I can give to movie recommendations by a 35 year old guy who can’t seem to describe one without using the word “f**k”. Ok, so he doesn’t use that word to describe one of the films… I guess that’s the one he liked least.

At the end of the list he talks a little about what he’s working on next, including his movie that will consist of nothing but fake trailers, similar to his Grindhouse trailer for the fake movie Thanksgiving. He says “It’ll be full-on Monty Python silliness.”

It sounds like a pretty cool concept, I mean who doesn’t like movie trailers? But I don’t know if I could sit through an hour and a half of them if they’re all reminiscent of his Thanksgiving trailer.

For the full list, including his description of the films and why he thinks they’re “f**king awesome” head on over to RottenTomatoes.com.

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  1. Giallo is Italian for yellow. Do a google search for giallo. You might find the history and cult status of these movies interesting. I grew up on them, ususally in cut versions at the drive-in and later on VHS. Now you can get them on DVD, uncut, and I am slowly collecting all of them I can find.

    Also look under Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci. Good hunting.


  2. Al,

    Thanks very much for the background info on the genre. I’ve seen maybe one Argento movie, but I don’t recall which one. Many movies from that era now seem so dated it’s hard for me to enjoy them.