Much of my youth was spent in the parking lot or inside a Dunkin' Donuts.

Eli Roth

Eli Roth

Profession: Film Director
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

Horror is like comedy. Woody Allen's comedy is going to be very different from Ben Stiller's comedy which is going to be different from Adam Sandler's comedy which is going to be different from Judd Apatow's comedy. They're all comedy, but they're all very different types and you can enjoy all of them. Horror is the same way.

As a director, you have to know what actors are doing. You're the one telling them what to do. The actors' job is to come prepared to the set, but sometimes, if they're beginning actors or people who are non-actors, you have to teach them how to act.

As a kid, I was the neighbourhood baby-sitter - very responsible, always in charge.

For a long time, I had a crazy girl dating habit.

When people direct insults at me, I can take it.

Even post-WWII, nobody talked about the Holocaust. It wasn't until the '50s that people started talking about it.

I want people to see my name on a movie, pay money and know they're going to be entertained for 90 minutes.

The one negative to horror is that it's always law of diminishing returns. When you go in the funhouse, the ride is never scary the second time. You will never have that pure experience as when you first watch it.

I feel like in the '90s, horror just lost its way and everything became so safe and watered-down.

My phobias worsen as I get older. I'm scared of flying, driving. I'm terrified of sharks. I'm a germaphobe. But I try to face my fears; I do. Well, most of them.

I think in life we get very caught up in the minutia and, unfortunately, it generally takes some sort of tragedy in your life to put things in perspective.

I have control issues. For sure, no question.

I have the infinite galaxy from '2001' as my screensaver - so if I space out while I'm writing and it goes to screensaver, I can just stare off into the stars.

I've always dreamed of having a year-round haunted house.