Roth Reveals Plans For The Ultimate Slasher Film


Say what you will about GRINDHOUSE (2007), but Eli Roth’s faux-trailer for THANKSGIVING was inspired lunacy, achieving a sense of genuine loyalty and homage to the golden age of the slasher film in its 2 and a half minutes that entire films in the past few years have not (won’t mention titles). It’s always been floated by Frothy Rothy as a possible feature, but only now has the man laid out an honest to goodness battleplan for getting this sucker up on the big screen:

“The plan is this: I want to do a huge budget movie, but tack on three weeks to the end of it and shoot ‘Thanksgiving’,” he revealed. “I want to do an $80 million dollar movie, and then schedule three weeks at the end to quickly shoot a $5 million dollar movie.”

Roth said that after he shoots his untitled sci-fi blockbuster, he’ll get back to his roots by filming “the sickest, bloodiest, most violent slasher movie,” he said of the “Thanksgiving” flick inspired by the holiday-themed horror classics of the ‘80s. “I want to make the highest body count slasher film I can.”

Once the sci-fi script is finished, Roth plans to shop the two movies around to studios, looking for an $85 million budget for the pair. “Yeah,” he explained of the plan. “You just do them both.”

Here’s the famous trailer for the uninitiated – and yes, that’s John Harrison’s score from CREEPSHOW!

Source: MTV

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10 Responses to “ Roth Reveals Plans For The Ultimate Slasher Film ”

  1. This is going to be a bombastic statement, but plan to stick by it: if this film sees completion, it will absolutely be the second coming of the true slasher. We will absolutely find our asses right back in 1982, and that’s a hell of a place to be.

    God bless you, Roth.

  2. Couldn’t have said it better, BodyCounter. Thanksgiving is one holiday that really hasn’t been touched in the horror community aside from “Home Sweet Home”. Let’s hope this one becomes a hit and paves the way for more low budget goodness hitting the screen. Stuffing, anyone?

  3. “White meat, dark meat…”

    Nothing SCREAMS high concept than picturing a Pilgrim going whacked-out crazy during the start of the holiday season.

    Roth is our slashing savior.

    Amen – let’s eat!

  4. I don’t Roth is a savior. I enjoy Cabin Fever for the fun movie that it is. I saw Hostel & Hostel 2 once each. They were well made, but not really my cup of tea.

    The great things aboot the Thanksgiving trailer are: how well it captured the retro-vibe, how much content they packed into such a short time, and how it fit into the Grindhouse piece as a whole. I hope it works out well being stretched into a 90+ minute feature.

    I can’t just jump up & down saying everything I love aboot horror is coming back because of the work of one person. But I do think this has the most potential to be his strongest work.

  5. If this film works out well enough, then the new craze could be retro slashers! Roth’s work would be omitted and he would become instant classic in status. I love the faux trailer and if he is able to find a less modernized girl for the car scene and brighter red looking blood, this could be the best slasher since the 80s! And dammit Roth, make yourself look 81! LOL.

    Old cameras = fun!

  6. I hope this does start the Third Slasher wave. And we can ignore that dreadful elf-referential Second Wave. Kind of like how Nightmare 1 & 3 rocked, but 2 sucked ass.

    Also, The Pilgrim is the new face of horror.

  7. Ha! Elm Street 2 is one of the best!

  8. I’ll say this much…Freddy was great in Elm St. 2, but he was trapped in a movie that was more like a not-entirely-palatable side story than anything. And frankly, if they would have made the strange homoerotic subtext the centerpiece of the film (Freddy preying on the fears inherent in being a closeted gay in 80’s suburbia), the movie would have bombed, but in retrospect would have had much more of an identity and voice.

    But I digress.

    Bring on Thanksgiving!


  9. Yes, please for the love of god, MAKE THIS A REALITY!

    I have to admit that I’m not a big Eli Roth fan. He’s a very compitent director, however he can’t write dialogue for SHAT. I got a kick out of Cabin Fever, but that’s about it.

    And then I saw this faux trailer… and I have faith that Eli Roth will be able to do what SO many others have failed to do in the past decade: Return the slasher genre to its roots.

    If I had never heard of Grindhouse or knew what this trailer was beforehand, I seriously would have just thought that this was a slasher from 1982 that I missed out on. It’s just THAT good!!

  10. wow this looks like a great old slasher but new
    when does it come out?

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