Roth's Thanksgiving Financed, Now Cooking


Here’s the very latest on Eli Roth’s THANKSGIVING in both full-film and trailer incarnations, you turkeys!

…Thanksgiving is not the next film he’s set to direct, but it’s definitely going to get made. “That movie, the financing, the money is in a bank account,” Roth said. “I mean, I could literally say I’m starting production tomorrow we’d start. It’s 100 percent up to me, but I’m just working on the script with Jeff Rendell, the co-writer. Jeff’s the one who in the trailer, he plays the Pilgrim, and we’re just writing it. We’re just figuring it out and we’re just coming up with the kills and the characters.”

Thanksgiving was initially created as a fake movie trailer that connected the two theatrical halves of Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’ Grindhouse, but its own popularity inspired the director to blow it up from a 16mm short into a feature film. Roth actually indicated that Endangered Species, a PG-13 sci-fi film in the vein of Cloverfield, was to be his next directorial effort. “I want to be finished with Endangered, and then Jeff is supposed to come out to Los Angeles probably some time in August and we’ll probably bang out the script,” he explained, indicating that the disparate content of the two films may ultimately complement his enthusiasm creatively.

“I’d like to shoot the movies back to back; that’s the dream – in a perfect world I would shoot those two movies back to back, the way I shot Hostel II and the Grindhouse trailer,” he continued. “Shoot Endangered Species, which is a very complicated and detail-oriented film where everything has to be very, very specific, and each scene is a ballbuster, and then it’s like Thanksgiving is like the reward – like, we made it through, we got it done, we’re all warmed up and loose and let’s just bang out the most disgusting movie we can and not be precious with it. Just shoot and shoot and have a good time with it, but make it a real movie.”

In case we haven’t mentioned before here on Retro Slashers, GRINDHOUSE is set to be released on Blu-Ray on August 11th, and the title suggests both PLANET TERROR and DEATH PROOF could end up back in their original merged theatrical version, or at the very least collected in the same purchase. Along with that possibility is that Eli Roth’s THANKSGIVING trailer could be featured. And if that happens, it could have its own mini-extra. Read on:

[Roth] did reveal that he already contributed some material – and had more planned – for its eventual appearance. “One of the things I’ve been talking to Jeff about is doing the audio commentary for the trailer,” he said. “I did interviews for it when we shot it, and we talked to the Weinstein Company about doing the audio commentary for the Blu-ray.”

Source: Horror Squad

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36 Responses to “ Roth's Thanksgiving Financed, Now Cooking ”

  1. Awsome news!

  2. This is really cool.

  3. I hope this goes ahead as his last few projects have fallen apart, and regardless of what people say I think Roth is one of the best horror directors around at the moment and a true lover of the genre.

  4. I like Roth as much as I don’t. But I would really like to see Thanksgiving see the light of day.I could really use a offensive gore for gore sakes slasher film.

  5. That’s a really awesome poster.

  6. oh my g0d!
    im so exctied
    bring on the turkey!

  7. now thats what im talking about this is gonna be excellent

  8. I so want this to happen. However, Eli has already “sold out”, and the fact that he’s in Inglorious Bastards makes me NOT want to see that. I think his head got a little inflated after the whole “HOSTEL” thing and I’m afraid he’s too much of a celebrity (and posse of Q.T.) to make a quality hardcore horror film at this point…I guess we’ll just see…

    And Eli, if you’re reading this…remember the days of watching “Pieces” at home??? I had such faith in you. What happened?


  9. How on earth as Eli Roth ‘sold out’? Having a successful movie is not selling out, it’s achieving what every filmmaker dreams of. I can’t say I’ve really noticed a change in his personality aside from him becoming more confident. If you watch the extras on Cabin Fever he’s very talkative and determined, and he still is. It’s just a shame many of his projects fell apart.

  10. This would be interesting if it happens. I am surprised that financing went through with Grindhouse preforming way under studio projections. A slasher film set at Thanksgiving? Why not, we already have Halloween, Christmas and Valentines Day.

  11. Why would he be considered a sell out for hanging out with Quentin Tarantino?? Just about any independent filmmaker (myself included) would love to hang out with QT and Robert Rodriguez!! So that is an idiotic statement…

  12. I am in agreement here. Roth is hardly a sellout.

  13. I really want this to get get made and filmed in 16mm.

  14. I have to agree with the above that I don’t find Eli Roth to be a sellout, and while I may not be a diehard fan of his, I truly believe that “Thanksgiving” needs to be made. “Thanksgiving” and “Don’t” were my two favorite trailers from Grindhouse and I believe that Roth has what it takes to make a great throwback slasher flick, especially if he filmed it in the style of an 80s slasher. Here’s definitely hoping!

  15. Eli is a sellout because he DID change his behavior after the success of Hostel. David Lynch practically Directed “Cabin Fever” but gave Eli all of the credit to help launch his career. Lynch was also one of the Producers, but he is not credited ANYWHERE on the film in order to give Roth the spotlight. Once he met QT, he had NO PROBLEM slapping “Quentin Tarantino Presents” on his projects to sell more tickets. And to top it off, he has a big role in the film “Inglorious Bastards”, a comedy-exploitation film that rips off the title of a 70’s Blaxploitation film. Eli had an opportunity to stay true to his roots with a low-budget sequel to “Cabin Fever”, but instead attached himself to the bigger-budgeted, QT-produced “Hostel”, which he had no problem making a sequel to THAT! To me that is a sellout. Dumping your hardcore horror genes for more upscale, Hollywood-style fare. One that sells tickets. While some may call that “success”, others like me call that “becoming a sellout”. Many of you also may not know how he got paid to plug the film “Pieces” while drunk at the Vine Theater for the DVD release. He’ll do anything for a buck now, instead of focusing on what made him a great, original Director in the first place. Right now is more concerned about his Hollywood parties and celebrity friends than quality filmmaking. He also acts arrogant and idiotic on film, which annoys me. Sorry if I offended anyone, but this is coming from probably the biggest “Cabin Fever” fan out there!


  16. ‘Eli had an opportunity to stay true to his roots with a low-budget sequel to “Cabin Fever”, but instead attached himself to the bigger-budgeted, QT-produced “Hostel”’

    Dude sorry but I couldn’t disagree with you more. Just because a filmmaker starts with something low budget (that is usually out of necessity, NOT choice), it does not mean they have to spend their entire career working with small budgets. Personally, I like both Cabin Fever and Hostel for different reasons, because they are completely different movies. And if I was lucky enough to make a low budget horror, then Tarantino wanted to be my friend, I would hardly tell him where to go.

    And your comment ‘Dumping your hardcore horror genes for more upscale, Hollywood-style fare’ seems a little dumb to me. Roth may be a horror fan but why would he want to make a career out of low budget movies? Filmmakers like variety and they have to make a living. So would you call Sam Raimi a sell out then as Roth hardly went off to direct a multi-million dollar superhero movie? We’re all entitled to our opinions, I just disagree strongly with yours.

  17. Ok, if what you say is true about David Lynch and Cabin Fever (and I’m only taking that with a grain of salt), then why the hell would he want to direct a sequel to a film that you claim he never really directed to begin with? All your accusations of him being a ‘sellout’ are completely unfounded and is based on you’re bias that you never really liked Roth to begin with (hence you claiming Lynch directed his first film and not him)

  18. A true sellout would have said yes to hostel 3,taken the money and then made a film he didn’t care about. To me thats selling out which Roth hasn’t done.

  19. I doubt a first-time filmmaker would have been able to screw David Lynch out of any credit he felt he deserved. I know his composer of choice, Angela Badalamenti, contributed to the soundtrack, but I’ve never heard of Lynch directing the movie. And it doesn’t even resemble his style, it’s too slapstick and humorous. You’re obviously someone who hates him so I won’t take your comments as gospel.

  20. Geez guys, I just am stating what I read in Fangoria at the time and ALL OVER THE INTERNET that David Lynch had a HUGE HAND in the project…but you can believe what you want. I also have MY own opinions. You don’t know me very well or you WOULD know I WAS a huge fan of Eli Roth. I am obsessed with Cabin Fever and to insult me by saying I wasn’t a fan to begin with is not only ignorant, but also childish. I don’t give a crap about him, I think some of you probably care TOO much. I’m just saying I read David Lynch helped Direct and Produce the film, Eli turned down “Cabin Fever 2″ for “Hostel” and to me that was upsetting and I feel he “sold out” to make a big budget movie. Yes, I DO think the same of Sam Raimi, don’t YOU? It’s pretty obvious he is a sell out, look at the crap HE’S been making in the last 10-15 years! “Drag Me To Hell” was probably the best thing since Army of Darkness. And by the way, everything YOU guys claim is just as “bias” as mine, so don’t be so rude about it. I should be allowed to freely think someone is a sellout if I so choose. In my first staement I even said I would give “Thanksgiving” a try…did anyone read that part??


  21. P.S. I am also a low-budget horror filmmaker, and I love it. I’ve Directed 5 films. I don’t find it important to make a “big” film in my film in order to feel I’ve been successful. I love what I do and I would never work for a studio because they would taint and control my vision. A Director is an artist, and an artist shouldn’t have a boss.

  22. I can see Raimi being called a sellout but I’m not sure if that’s the right word. I don’t think he ever had any intentions of staying in horror. He made a cheap horror movie “Evil Dead” to get noticed and when it worked he just remade it and called it Evil Dead 2. Then he did “Army of Darkness” that made him able to get to Hollywood so he could do the movies he really wanted to make.

    Seems to me he made “Drag Me to Hell” essential just another Evil Dead movie to make a quick buck, [which it really didn’t do] and to get his name back on the minds of horror fans hoping they we’ll check out his other stuff. Drag me..” was ok but after leaving the theatre I pretty much forgot about. It had no scares, no gore and every time it got going he’d lighten the mood with something goofy. I guess I can do without his slapstick Three Stooges approach. It’s just not horror to me.

    It may sound like i’m ragging on Evil Dead, NOT TRUE I absolutly love them. And I still find the first one to be the best.

  23. ‘I can see Raimi being called a sellout but I’m not sure if that’s the right word. I don’t think he ever had any intentions of staying in horror.’

    That’s the point I was trying to make. Just because a filmmaker starts in horror doesn’t mean they should stay there. As long as they’re making the films they want to make and not purely for money then they’re not a sell out. And who are we to assume we know more about what type of film they should make than they do?

  24. What about John Carpenter? Is he a sell-out because he didn’t stick to horror? Look at Carpenter’s career. Horror=Halloween,The Fog,Prince Of Darkness.
    Sci-fi=The Thing,Ghosts Of Mars,They Live.
    Kung-fu=Big Trouble In Little China.
    Cop=Assault on precinct 13.
    Does being a mix genre film-maker make u a sellout?

  25. Quote:

    “Does being a mix genre film-maker make u a sellout?”

    No, but giving up your indie roots to work for “the man” aka a STUDIO does. In my opinion. John Carpenter made some great films at the beginning of his career and they got progressively worse as he made more studio films. Everyone knows that. His films get better the further back you go. So yes, technically, I think of John Carpenter as a sellout as well. However, it’s nice we have a forum like this to discuss our opinions and as already stated, I still look forward to “Thanksgiving” as I feel it will be Roth’s best work since “Cabin Fever”. But look at my name, could you expect any different of an opinion from me?;)


  26. Actually, Carpenter’s negative experience working for Fox on Big Trouble in Little China meant that he remained independent for the rest of his career. His films may have been distributed by studios (such as Universal), but they were low budget and away from the watchful eye of a studio. So how exactly is Carpenter is a sell out when he walked away from major studio projects for not wanting to compromise his artistic freedom? In that case, you could say EVERY filmmaker to ever work in the industry is a sell out for taking money, publicising their work and joining the system.

  27. Great point Christian. I wouldn’t call Carpenter a sell out because he made films he WANTED to make not what he was told to make.

  28. I agree Christian, if a filmmaker is making independent films and then get an offer to make a big budget movie with considerably more publicity, they’d complete fools to not take that offer… it does NOT make them a Sell-Out. As long as they still make the films they want to do, you can not accuse them of selling out.

    But according to RHR, we’re to believe that if he got a legit offer to direct one of his films with a big budget from a major studio, that he’d turn that offer down flat. Sorry pal, but I don’t buy that for a minute and I doubt any of the rest of up on here do either.

  29. Alright I am jumping in here with my two cents. I never really paid much attention to Eli Roth so I have no opinion on whether or not he could be a “sell out” or not. However when you call Sam Raimi and John Carpenter “sell out’s” you cross the line. To me it seems that any director who has become successful in their career would be a sell out to you. Raimi and Carpenter are to extremely important directors in the business and vital to horror. I have one question for you? Do you ONLY watch horror movie and no either type of movie? Based on your logic you would be a “sell out” to horror fans for watching another movie genre. Dude, your entitled to your opinion, Lord knows that not everybody who visits this site agrees with me but like I mentioned a little while ago you insulted to brilliant directors for something I think they are completely innocent of.

  30. I’m done with stating my opinion here, but to answer “Matt”, I WOULD turn down an offer from a major studio. I work on editing and Directing on the films I love – old skool horror. I wouldn’t enjoy my work if I was compromising for the “man”. Little do you know, I’ve already turned down offers. Believe it or not…

    We’re all different, just because YOU would say “Yes!” doesn’t mean I would!


  31. I say your full of…. bullshit

  32. Matt, you don’t seem to understand my point. Not all of us approach film making from a money-making stand point. I enjoy it for the artistic nature in which the story is presented. I ALSO enjoy my full-time DAY JOB. I would never give it all up for the stresses of having to work really hard and handle lots of money on something I have no passion for. My current job allows me the free time to work on the projects I truly enjoy. Whether it be one of my own films, or a film I am just editing. So again, I state to you, that I WOULD NOT except an offer from a major studio because I would HATE IT and I don’t think the monetary gain is enough to make the sacrifice of my personal happiness. Besides all of that, wasn’t this topic originally about Eli Roth’s THANKSGIVING finally happening, which is something we are ALL happy to hear about here? Or does that matter here anymore???


  33. Actually it was just that, a topic about Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving… until you decided to come in and trash Roth’s name and many others just cause they made the big time, calling them ‘sell outs’.

    And please don’t try to tell me your an independent filmmaker your self, but you like your full time DAY JOB and have no passion to make films full time… cause that is an insult to guys like myself who work our asses off day after day trying to make the best films possible.

  34. Love the poster…cant stand the director.
    Not calling anyone a sellout. Just calling out the fact that i’m not a fan. Cant stand when he acts in his own films (Example: Cabin fever) and I dont think he’s intresting at all.
    I feel the only reason mr. roth is popular is due to the hostile series (which i personally cant stand)and the fact he’s friends with tarantino. Hey…if the movie is good i’ll own it. But im not rushing out to see an eli roth film…sorry.

  35. found this site the other day, another Thanksgiving slasher that i think comes out this year? It’s called “ThanksKilling” but it’s about a killr turkey not a pilgrim. looks pretty damn low-budg but fucking hilarious!

  36. a slasher where the killer is a monster is called a monster movie, not a slasher movie

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