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« : February 12, 2008, 10:16:18 PM »

To all my Los Angeles friends...

My film festival The Greats of Roth starts this Sunday at the New Beverly Cinema. I posted a blog about it, but just in case you missed it the lineup's below. The owner of the theater died very suddenly last fall, and Edgar Wright, myself, and a few other directors volunteered to program 2 weeks each to help keep the cinema alive. Many of these films are not on DVD (or are heavily edited) and are rarely, if ever, screened publicly. Also if you are a blogger if you could mention the festival it would really help the theater out. Between the Silent Movie Theater and the New Beverly Cinema there's an amazing revival scene happening in Los Angeles and we want as many fans as possible to know there's an alternative to the multiplex every night of the week.

We've already got Lloyd Kaufman, director of "Mother's Day" confirmed for a Q&A after the screening, as well as P.J. Soles for the "Carrie" screening, and many others will be joining us as well. I'll announce guests as we get closer to the dates...
See you there!


Here's the lineup:

february 17, 18, 19
The Hacksaw/Chainsaw double bill! These films are next to impossible to find uncut on DVD in the U.S. and are rarely ever shown on the big screen. And they're both fucking awesome films that never cut away from the good stuff.

First up, Sergio Martino's giallo masterpiece
TORSO (1973) (a.k.a. Carnal Violence)
Sun: 3:50 & 7:30; Mon/Tue: 7:30

Followed by J.P. Simon's Chainsaw Trashterpiece
PIECES (1982)
Sun: 5:40 & 9:20; Mon/Tue: 9:20

february 20, 21
A Holiday Slasher/ Horror Anthology double bill...
The film I showed at my Bar Mitzvah instead of having a dance because I wasn't friends with any girls. One of my all time favorite slasher films. Charles Kaufman's brilliant

George Romero & Stephen King's criminally underrated ode to E.C. comics

PLUS: A special surprise short after Creepshow...

february 22, 23
DePalma's King adaptation of
CARRIE (1976)
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:30 & 7:30

followed by the brilliant Scott Baio-Willie Aames-Heather Thomas-Scatman Crothers telekensis SCENE-FOR-FUCKING-SCENE-REMAKE of Carrie...
ZAPPED! (1982)
Fri: 9:30; Sat: 5:30 & 9:30

I shit you not. I have always wanted to see these films back to back. Sissy Spacek uses her telekinetic powers to get revenge on the kids at school, and Scott Baio uses it to take off Heather Thomas' clothes. See where the "Charles and Charge" magic of Baio and Aames all began. It's also the next film that Scatman Crothers made right after the Shining. You can feel the Kubrickian influence in every moment of his performance. If you've never seen this film, you've never seen an animated sequence of Scatman Crothers' wife chasing him in a Ben-Hur chariot, firing animated salamis. Fucking sublime.

february 24, 25, 26
All Hail one of the greatest low budget futuristic musicals of all time:
THE APPLE (1980)
Sun: TBA; Mon/Tue: 7:30

Followed by a screening of the ultimate in Stunts and Rock...
Sun: TBA; Mon/Tue: 9:20

There will be some sort of sing along, but not on Oscar night, because Diablo Cody would kill me if I did it without her. Probably on the 25th.

february 27
Original? Remake? Ripoff? Or brilliant use of a similar technique? You be the judge! I have not seen "Blair Witch" since it came out in the theater, and have always wanted to see it back to back with the film that created the "found footage" movie. How do either of them compare to "Cloverfield?" Fuck I can't wait to see...


Ruggero Deodato's cannibal classic - the mother of all cannibal films -

And...because we only have the Cannibal Holocaust print for one night, we are switching it up for the next night and showing...

february 28
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Umberto Lenzi's grindhouse cannibal masterpiece
Umberto Lenzi and Ruggero Deodato got into a cannibal movie pissing contest back in the day. Lenzi did the first cannibal scene in his film "Man from Deep River" in 1972, but then Deodato made "Last Cannibal World" in 1976 and stole Lenzi's thunder. Then Deodato outdid himself with "Cannibal Holocaust," which became a sensation all over the world. Lenzi was so irritated that he made "Eaten Alive" to try to out-do Deodato, but people said it wasn't as grueling and nasty as "Cannibal Holocaust." So then he made "Cannibal Ferox" to show he could make the nastiest cannibal film of all time. Did it work? Decide for yourself! Lenzi also cast a lot of the same actors that Deodato used, just to make it even more confusing. It worked! I can barely keep track of which film is which, but they're both awesome and have lots of graphic violence that got them banned in many countries.

february 29, 1
Oscar winning (or should have won) duo... Tom Hanks in his greatest performance ever...

Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:25 & 7:30
And yet ANOTHER movie Bill Murray should have gotten the Oscar for...
Fri: 9:35; Sat: 5:30 & 9:35

Special thanks to the New Beverly for putting this together, and to Bob Murowski, the Silent Movie theater, and Quentin Tarantino for coming through with some of the hardest prints to find. Come geek out with us starting the 17th. I'll see which people from the films are still alive or not in prison but we'll definitely have some special guests and surprises all through the festival. See you there!
And here are some drawings I did in 2nd grade, now that we're in a trailer mood. My teacher really had no idea what to make of this. I was supposed to be writing a book, but got bored after a few chapters and started drawing these...

taken from Eli Roths myspace Blog.

Sounds kick ass too bad i got school :'(

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« #1 : February 12, 2008, 11:27:04 PM »

Sounds awesome only Lloyd Kaufman didn't direct MOTHERS DAY. His brother Charles did. Easy to mix that up though.

Never mind, I see he's got it mentioned later down the list. :P

« : February 12, 2008, 11:39:04 PM Arizona Colt »

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"Clear the ground of their traitorous feet!"

« #2 : February 12, 2008, 11:42:36 PM »

Actually, Lenzi was asked to direct LAST CANNIBAL WORLD aka ULTIMO MONDO CANIBALE aka JUNGLE HOLOCAUST aka CANNIBAL but didn't want to do it so it was given to Deodato.

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