One of the more notable figures in the horror genre, Eli Roth, is going back to the director’s chair. He’s helming a new film for Miramax, while there aren’t many details – it hasn’t stopped the speculation. Which, for the horror community, is taking them directly to Thanksgiving, a little short film directed in the style of a low-budget trailer for Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse.
I first wanted to go back to Roth and the background of this horror titan. Not everyone is a fan of his films, but one thing that can’t be questioned is his love for the genre. Coming on to the scene with films like Cabin Fever and Hostel catapulted him into household name status among genre frequenters. Though he’s taken a break from the horror director’s chair, he has kept busy as a Producer, and directing some unique side projects. Last year alone he made two films, the remake to Death Wish and The House With a Clock in Its Walls, as well as producing and hosting the horror documentary series for AMC, History of Horror. He is also known to jump on films, both his own and classics in the genre, to do commentaries as well.
Now to the speculation on the new film – could we finally be getting a feature film inspired by Thanksgiving?
Since Grindhouse’s release in 2007, fans have wanted this holiday horror film. It is a holiday that doesn’t have a lot of genre films surrounding it. Thankskilling, its sequel, and 1987’s Blood Rage are only ones that come to mind. Speculation is even higher as that trailer’s writer was Jeff Rendell, which – wait for it – is the co-writer of Roth’s upcoming film, which starts filming next month. The only other information that Miramax has released is filming is happening in Massachusetts. The last official news on Thanksgiving came from Roth himself back in November 2016 on an AMA session on Reddit:
Have a draft not totally happy with. I want to put some more work into it so the film lives up to the trailer. We have the story and the mythology cracked so now it’s about getting the kill right.