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

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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.

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  • Mark

    what a load of crap, theses people make me laugh, they don’t like the blame shot at them so they blame it on piracy, no Eli, it wasn’t pirates that done it, THE FILM WAS SHITE, I WALKED OUT WHEN I GOT ONLY GOT HALF WAY THROUGH, not worth the cash paid and recommend people not to waste their hard earn cash on crappy films during the recession.

  • Mark

    what a load of crap, theses people make me laugh, they don’t like the blame shot at them so they blame it on piracy, no Eli, it wasn’t pirates that done it, THE FILM WAS SHITE, I WALKED OUT WHEN I GOT ONLY GOT HALF WAY THROUGH, not worth the cash paid and recommend people not to waste their hard earn cash on crappy films during the recession.

  • Jay

    Sorry Mr. Roth, maybe piracy and asshole critics criticizing an unfinished film screwed Hostel 2 out of its fair shot. Perhaps though Hollywoods ability to sucker the public into a shitty movie with a great trailer was what fell through. People are tired of paying too much to watch lame movies chalk full of recycled scenes and plot points and characters and yet these movies, with all the recycled BS keep being made, and keep be advertised as the coolest movies ever, and they keep disappointing, it seemed pretty obvious that such abuse of the movie going public would result in people rejecting the theaters. Most movies that come out in a given year suck. Most people think that most movies are not worth their hard earned money, so the safe bet is to watch the pirated copy at home for free. Don’t worry though, some of us have a sense of justice. I sent a money order to Oren Peli for $13 because I watched the bootleg of Paranormal Activity online and felt terrible, because the fuckin movie awesome. Obviously thats not how the industry works, but it was a symbolic gesture. People will pay good money to see good movies.

  • Jay

    Sorry Mr. Roth, maybe piracy and asshole critics criticizing an unfinished film screwed Hostel 2 out of its fair shot. Perhaps though Hollywoods ability to sucker the public into a shitty movie with a great trailer was what fell through. People are tired of paying too much to watch lame movies chalk full of recycled scenes and plot points and characters and yet these movies, with all the recycled BS keep being made, and keep be advertised as the coolest movies ever, and they keep disappointing, it seemed pretty obvious that such abuse of the movie going public would result in people rejecting the theaters. Most movies that come out in a given year suck. Most people think that most movies are not worth their hard earned money, so the safe bet is to watch the pirated copy at home for free. Don’t worry though, some of us have a sense of justice. I sent a money order to Oren Peli for $13 because I watched the bootleg of Paranormal Activity online and felt terrible, because the fuckin movie awesome. Obviously thats not how the industry works, but it was a symbolic gesture. People will pay good money to see good movies.

  • Jack Mehoff

    I actually didn’t have any big issues with Hostel 2. I had many more issues with Cabin Fever which everyone seems to love. Regardless, I’m sick of the piracy excuse given when a film flops AND gets bad reviews. The thing is, if the workprint had received great reviews and the film did well, Roth would be talking about how piracy can have a positive effect on his films. Of that you can be certain.

  • Jack Mehoff

    I actually didn’t have any big issues with Hostel 2. I had many more issues with Cabin Fever which everyone seems to love. Regardless, I’m sick of the piracy excuse given when a film flops AND gets bad reviews. The thing is, if the workprint had received great reviews and the film did well, Roth would be talking about how piracy can have a positive effect on his films. Of that you can be certain.

  • Lila

    I loved Hostel 2! So sick of all those retarded Saw movies. Hostel deserves to make more than Saw. Cant wait for Hostel 3!

  • Lila

    I loved Hostel 2! So sick of all those retarded Saw movies. Hostel deserves to make more than Saw. Cant wait for Hostel 3!

  • Pob86

    you deserve it to fail it’s sick as fuck go to hell

  • robyn

    What’s wrong with people who
    want to see others being tortured would you like that to happen to you? So weird It’s atrocious