Eli Roth To Re-Open ‘Funhouse’
Posted by Brian on 06/10/2009
I hate Eli Roth. I mean, he could be such a better director with the right material. I mean, he’s a great director but his stories suck. Hard. I loathe Cabin Fever and that stupid ‘Pancakes’ kid. I almost walked out of Hostel, because audiences hyped it as the most intense film ever and I basically scoffed. To be fair, Hostel 2 was a vast improvement over the original, and really reined in his style. It’s just so frustrating to see someone who is obviously better than their material make crap. Anyway, enough about our beef.
BD broke word a few weeks back that Universal was working on an update of Tobe Hooper’s classic Funhouse. The 1981 film follows four friends who spend the night in a carnival funhouse, stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask.
I’m talking with Universal about that one,” Roth reveals. “ THE FUNHOUSE is a movie where the first half is brilliant—they set up these great characters—and then they pay off none of them. You have Marco the Magician sawing his daughter in half, the brothers who run the carnival and the funhouse setting. And then it’s all about this weird mutant thing. It should be about the kids getting killed in horrible ways, put in different contraptions in the funhouse and the final girl being strapped into the ride and sent into the tunnels to be confronted by terrifying tableaux of her dead friends. A smart remake could be so much fun. Kill the kids in fabulous ways and continually reuse the bodies by making them freaks in the freak museum, sew their eyes shut, waxworks… That’s the stuff I want to do in a remake of THE FUNHOUSE.”
Roth will be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds this August. He is currently working on the script for his sci-fi film Endangerd Species, producing Cotton, a faux-documentary about a faux exorcist who experiences the real thing, and producing Andrew Kevin Walker’s next script Psycho Killer, one of my favorites that I’ve read this year.
“Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en, The Wolfman) wrote the script, but most studios have found it too dark.” Roth says, “From the writer of SE7EN, what did they expect? We didn’t think it was dark enough and asked Andrew to rewrite it that way. It’s basically a slasher movie from the killer’s point of view. The first 30 minutes is our maniac subjectively watching his prey, a girl who works in a pharmacy, and then stalking her as she clocks off. Then a female cop suddenly pops into frame… It’s fantastic and intense, and MGM wants to release it.”