Eli Roth has Fear and Horror projects

Eli Roth has Fear and Horror projects

Universal’s Horror Nights and Discovery’s Curiosity series get Eli Roth

This Fall, filmmaker-actor Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever, Inglorious Basterds) has projects that embrace his greatest fears and the horror genre he loves so much.

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Roth is doing an in-depth examination of fear on an episode of the Curiosity series on the Discovery Channel. And another scary project he has is judging Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights annual short film competition. Roth dared aspiring filmmakers to submit their most twisted horror short films, and helped select the top ten shorts, along with Universal Studios Hollywood’s creative director John Murdy.

The top ten have been posted online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com, and a winner will be selected by public voting from Aug. 22 to Sept. 9. The winner is invited to attend the Sept. 23 Halloween Horror Nights opening night Eyegore Awards, a grand new tradition for Roth.

Himself an Eyegore Award recipient, Roth said, “As a producer I’m always looking for new talent, and happy to help a first time director get a big break. New blood, so to speak, is vital for the continuation and growth of our beloved genre. Programs like this can help deserving people get noticed. I am excited to see the competing films, and whoever make me lose the most sleep will win.”

Plus, Roth has the maze “Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season” as part of the Halloween Horror Nights. And there will be an all-new haunted house experience inspired by Universal Pictures’ upcoming film The Thing. Guests will be confronted with fear and the paranoia that comes with being trapped inside the film’s Antarctic Thule station where the shape-shifting alien is ready to create spine-chilling terror.

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Rock-horror icon Alice Cooper has also announced his Horror Nights maze called “Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare.” The attraction will take visitors on a terrifying trip through Cooper’s twisted mind, his most famous songs with bizarre themes and demented characters. The maze is inspired by Cooper’s landmark concept album and its sequel “Welcome 2 My Nightmare,” set for release Sept. 13 through Universal Music Enterprises.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights starts Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 31 on select nights.

The Discovery Channel show that Eli Roth is doing is a new landmark series that’s like none you’ve ever seen before. It’s called Curiosity, and fearlessly dives into the world of “big” questions, and brings an “I wonder” moment to television. Each episode features a celebrity host examining a different question. The greatest scientific mind of our time, Professor Stephen Hawking launched the first show by asking “Did God create the universe?” Maggie Gyllenhaal just appeared asking “Why is sex fun?” On Sept. 4, Morgan Freeman explores “Is there a parallel universe?” Others who have committed to appear are Robin Williams, Brendan Fraser, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Roth is going to probe the dark side of human nature by “Testing the nature of evil” on an upcoming episode. Curiosity’s executive producer, Simon Andreae said Roth is a perfect example of charisma and passion that is shared by all of the hosts on the show.

Roth said he was passionate about doing the show because “I’ve always been fascinated by the nature of fear. Even in my films, the Hostel movies, I was always much more interested in why somebody would do such terrible things, versus the act itself. Being Jewish, we grew up learning about the Holocaust, asking the question, how could this happen? So I’ve always looked at evil, and asked ‘what is evil?’”


Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications. Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.

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