Eli Roth quotes

  • Much of my youth was spent in the parking lot or inside a Dunkin' Donuts.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Dunkin Donuts #Youth #Parking

  • We live in an age now where so many people watch movies based on what Netflix recommends. It learns your taste and they really understand viewer habits.
    -- Eli Roth

    #People #Age #Netflix

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Men #Thinking #People

  • The world is changing. Social media is a way to sell movies and to build a fan base. The truth is that you have followers because they know you are into it and you're funny and you like it. I think it's great.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Thinking #Media #Fans

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Suicide #Hero #Views

  • I hear what people say, I read all the reviews, all the blogs, and I am always curious to hear it, because you can't always listen to the good press, you have to hear the bad press, too.
    -- Eli Roth

    #People #Curious #Reviews

  • You know, I'm from Boston, and in Boston, you are born with a baseball bat in your hand.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Baseball #Boston #Hands

  • You have to trust your instincts and hope the fans like what you do, but you don't gut check with the fans. If we're going to make a series, people are going to have a lot of opinions and if there's one overwhelming majority or one thing you continuously hear repeated from the fans, you certainly take that into account going into next season.
    -- Eli Roth

    #People #Majority #Fans

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

    #Names #People #Want

  • Look at comic books. It used to be something that only geeks were into. And now it's everywhere.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Book #Looks #Geek

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

    #Vegas #Las Vegas #Cities

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Firsts #Horror

  • If you are having fun on the set, you are not getting things done.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Fun #Having Fun #Done

  • I've always dreamed of having a year-round haunted house.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Years #House #Haunted Houses

  • I think you should make movies as long as the story dictates.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Thinking #Long #Stories

  • Lucio Fulci is such a massively underrated director. Everyone knows him as the Godfather of Gore.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Directors #Underrated

  • Movie stars need to retain some of that mystique if you are a big movie star.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Stars #Needs #Bigs

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Writing #Character #Talking

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

    #Want #Violence #Horror

  • It's very flattering to feel like you actually helped create a sub-genre.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Like You #Genre #Flattering

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

    #People #Important

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

    #Firsts #Wells

  • What's important for me is staying healthy.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Healthy #Important

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Character #Thinking #Horrible

  • Life is a series of avoiding horrible situations until ultimately you're dead. That's how I feel about things.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Life Is #Horrible #Situation

  • I never put out a vanilla edition of a DVD.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Dvds #Vanilla

  • I love movies. I mean, I really, really love movies.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Mean #Movie Love

  • 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

    #Loss #People #Feelings

  • Everyone is so terrified of being labeled a racist.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Racist

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

    #Talking #People #Holocaust

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

    #Writing #Self #Creative

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

    #Friendly #Talent #Chile

  • Believe it or not, but I was a camp councilor for three years. I love kids.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Believe #Kids #Years

  • As a kid, I was the neighbourhood baby-sitter - very responsible, always in charge.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Baby #Kids #Responsible

  • Anytime you're the first to speak out against something, there's going to be a backlash.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Firsts #Speak #Backlash

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

    #Goal #Release #Theatrical

  • Horror movies are the best date movies. There's no wondering , 'When do I put my arm around her?'
    -- Eli Roth

    #Arms #Wonder #Horror

  • For a long time, I had a crazy girl dating habit.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Girl #Crazy #Long

  • I generally follow my own compass and make films about what's scaring me.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Film #Compass

  • I get a little too obsessive with work.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Littles #Obsessive

  • I have control issues. For sure, no question.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Issues

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

    #Safe #Way #Horror

  • I can think of endless horrible things to do to people!
    -- Eli Roth

    #Thinking #People #Endless

  • I have no tattoos. There's nothing I've even been that into to get a tattoo of it.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Tattoo

  • Horror audiences don't need to see some TV actor they're familiar with.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Needs #Actors #Tvs

  • I love historical movies. I want to make a violent medieval epic.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Epic #Historical #Want

  • I have a strong art-history background.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Art #Strong #Backgrounds

  • For the fee of $10,000, anyone could be escorted to a room, handed a loaded gun and offered another human to kill. The concept made me nauseous. But it also felt real, and rang bells with my more cynical side.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Real #Gun #Cynical

  • I think horror should never be safe, whether it's violent or non violent.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Thinking #Safe #Horror

  • If you don’t want to be scared in a horror film, don’t close your eyes. Close your ears.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Eye #Ears #Want

  • You know, the best thing you can say about a horror film is, 'Don't see it.'
    -- Eli Roth

    #Horror #Film #Horror Film

  • If I don't come home covered head to toe in fake blood then I haven't done my job as a horror director.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Jobs #Home #Blood

  • So when I was beating the guy, I started thinking, 'What if I was Hannah Montana?' . . . And little do they know that that's why I look so insane . . . I'm torturing myself with thoughts of, 'How could I actually pull off being a high school student and a pop star at night?'
    -- Eli Roth

    #Stars #School #Night

  • If someone gets up and walks out of the movie, it means it's really affected them.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Mean #Walks

  • I've realized that I can't multitask in the writing department; I can only kind of do one thing at a time.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Writing #Kind

  • '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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Moving #Perfect #Guy

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Different #Way #Comedy

  • I look at careers like Ben Stiller and think that's a great career to have where you're doing movies that you write and direct, and also act in films, although he's primarily an actor.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Writing #Thinking #Careers

  • '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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Smart #Winning #Done

  • A comedy can actually get funnier and funnier. Even though you know the joke, you enjoy it so much, it's the facial expression, you laugh. The laugh doesn't wear off. It could be with you for thirty years.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Expression #Years #Laughing

  • '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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Forever #Stuff #Nightmare

  • When you're making a television show, it's about the story and arc of the show rather than any particular episode or director.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Directors #Stories #Television

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

    #People #Video #Use

  • People want to be disturbed when they go see a horror movie.
    -- Eli Roth

    #People #Want #Horror

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Crazy #Kids #Race

  • I love movies that are just straight-up exploitation, but the ones that endure and the ones that last are the ones where the filmmakers put in that extra level of thought; after 25 years you put them on in front of an audience, and they'll respond to it and enjoy it.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Years #Movie Love #Levels

  • I think in life we get very caught up in the minutia and, unfortunately, it generally takes some sort of tragedy in your life to put things in perspective.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Thinking #Perspective #Tragedy

  • I'm not interested in going after a part. I think if someone wants me for a part and approaches me then I'll take it on a case-by-case basis and see what that part is.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Thinking #Want #Cases

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Stars #War #Years

  • The one negative to horror is that it's always law of diminishing returns. When you go in the funhouse, the ride is never scary the second time. You will never have that pure experience as when you first watch it.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Law #Scary #Negative

  • I think filmmakers, in general... There are some awesome, really great filmmakers - but on the whole, filmmakers, actors, I think they are the biggest bunch of whiny, over-paid babies on the planet.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Baby #Thinking #Actors

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #War #Thinking #Iraq

  • The film, 'Aftershock,' for me is really about how the minor problems in life that we think are so major ultimately mean nothing when a tragedy happens, when a real problem happens.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Real #Mean #Thinking

  • I'll direct any movie starring a monkey or the Olsen Twins. Preferably both.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Monkeys #Twins #Movie Star

  • When people direct insults at me, I can take it.
    -- Eli Roth

    #People #Insult #Direct

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Hate #School #Vocabulary

  • When I was 22, I had this horrible psoriasis outbreak. It was all over my legs, I couldn't walk because my legs were cracked and bleeding. Weird things like that can happen to your body.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Body #Legs #Bleeding

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Sharks #Flying #Trying

  • The scariest people are usually the sweetest.
    -- Eli Roth

    #People #Sweetest

  • Twitter is wonderful. You can kill rumours instantly.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Wonderful #Rumours

  • 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?
    -- Eli Roth

    #Real #Doe #Culture

  • I have the infinite galaxy from '2001 as my screensaver - so if I space out while I'm writing and it goes to screensaver, I can just stare off into the stars.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Stars #Writing #Space

  • 'Troll 2' is one of the rare sequels where you don't have to waste time watching the first one, since the films have absolutely nothing to do with one another.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Waste #Firsts #Wasting Time

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Knowing #Judging #Scary

  • One of the great joys of life, now that you can afford a nice suit, is getting one for free. That's why I like to do press tours - I always say making movies is just an excuse to get free clothing.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Nice #Joy #Suits

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Girl #Writing #Character

  • 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.
    -- Eli Roth

    #Used