Our friends at IMDB are running a tidbit sound bite from Eli Roth proving, you guessed it, he’s still pissed off about Hostel II bombing and is still blaming piracy. Apparently Hostel Part II has become the “most downloaded” film of all time, a claim that is probably exaggerated, and that ruined it’s theatrical release. Roth goes on to say “The audience that’s specifically doing (the downloading) is 17, 18, 19 – it’s the college kids, and that’s my audience. If the fans are going to get pissed (at me), they’re going to get pissed. I don’t want those fans.”
Not to necessarily pick on Eli Roth, but as a young male (who did not download Hostel II) I’d like to explain how this whole thing works. When a movie looks bad, you don’t want to pay to see it in the theaters. When it comes out on DVD, expect the rentals to be ok and the purchases to be there. Roth made a movie that looked exactly like its predecessor so there was no interest in it. A good looking movie will draw people into the theater. An ok looking movie will draw viewers on DVD.
Those who pirate probably have no intention of ever paying to see Hostel II because it doesn’t interest them enough to part with their money. Look at the success of 300 and movies along those lines that are marketed at the same audience. 300 looked great, and people paid to see it on theaters and on DVD. So Eli, instead of ragging on an entire generation and throwing a hissy fit about your failure and pointing the finger elsewhere, step and earn that reputation you’ve got and make a horror movie that kicks ass. I’ll pay to see it if it looks worth it and at the very least, I’ll make sure to Netflix Hostel II.