When Eli Roth stopped by to talk about his new "Hostel" DVDs, he had plenty to say about murder, Metallica and pissed-off fans. The only subject that quieted him up seemed to be "Trailer Trash," the top-secret "Grindhouse"-inspired film he's working on.
Which is why we were all the more amazed when we actually got him to spill some significant beans.
"When I made that fake trailer for "Thanksgiving," it was the most fun I've ever had shooting anything. It was just off-the-hook for two days ... I thought, 'God, there are so many ideas that I have, that I don't think I could stretch out to a feature film, but that would make a fantastic trailer or even a fake movie,'" he explained. "You could take your most terrible, terrible idea that you're so embarrassed to tell anybody, and turn it into a trailer for a terrible film - and it would be an awesome comedy."
"[It comes out on] August 22nd , and I would start shooting probably in February," he said of "Trash." "Originally I was going to do it with a bunch of other directors, but now as I'm writing it, I don't want to share it. I want to shoot them all myself. I'm going to be directing the feature - in certain cases, we might make a rare exception, like Edgar Wright ... But really only in one or two cases; otherwise I'm going to be directing the film."
After insisting that he "cannot reveal" any of the specific fake trailers, a question about zombies made Eli accidentally cough one up. "... also, don't give the zombies pot, because then they'll get stoned and that'll make them even hungrier ... I'm going to be doing that idea," he confessed.
"Now I gave away something from 'Trailer Trash,' damn it!" he grinned. "Okay, you got it out of me. There's going to be a scene where a guy gives [a zombie] weed, and the zombies get the munchies."
The writer/director is already soliciting stars for his next flick, and said you might just see an A-list star as that pot-smoking zombie. "Well, 'Thanksgiving' has gotten such an incredible response that a lot of people are like, 'If you're ever doing one of those fake movies, keep me in mind'," he said. "If it only requires a day of work for an actor to look like they starred in a fake movie they'll do it - so there's going to be all kinds of cameos."
Roth also revealed that he's putting some sort of narrative plot into his script, which will run between the fake mini movies. "There is a story. You can't just put a bunch of fake trailers back-to-back; that would just get a little repetitive," he reasoned. "I want to make a film like 'Kentucky Fried Movie' or 'Groove Tube,' but really something like 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' something that's just ridiculously balls-out funny."