Eli Roth Blames Piracy for Hostel 2’s Weak Box Office

From what I’ve seen of Eli Roth, I like the cut of the bloke’s jig. He seems like a cool dude, and the one film of his that I saw, “Cabin Fever”, I absolutely loved to death. (For some reason, and mostly owed to laziness, I just never got around to seeing the two “Hostel” films.) In response to “Hostel 2’s” poor showing at the box office (barely $15 million in two weeks), Roth puts the blame squarely on piracy, pointing to the fact that an unfinished workprint version of “Hostel 2” (sans music) somehow leaked online weeks before the film’s opening.

From Roth’s Myspace page:

However, piracy has become worse than ever now, and a stolen workprint (with uninished music, no sound effects, and no VFX) leaked out on line before the release, and is really hurting us, especially internationally. Piracy will be the death of the film industry, as it killed the music industry, and while it makes a smaller dent in huge movies like Spider Man 3, it really hurts films like mine, which have far less of an advertising and production budget. Not only that, critics have actually been REVIEWING the film based off the pirated copy, which is inexcusable. Some of these critics I have actually known for a few years, and while I wouldn’t dignify them by mentioning them by name, I know who they are, as do the studios, and other filmmakers, and they will no longer have any access to any of my films.

He goes on to make a great point about the studio’s hesitation to support R-rated horror films.

But right now the R rated horror film is in serious jeopardy. Studios feel the public doesn’t want them any more, and so they are only putting PG-13 films into production. The only way to counter this perception is to get out there and support R rated horror. It’s the only message they’ll hear.

Roth also mentions that his adaptation of the Stephen King horror novel “Cell”, about people who turn into killers after getting a call on their cellphone, is on temporary hiatus.

Read our very positive review of “Hostel 2” here.