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Eli Roth

Eli Roth
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As an actor, Roth sticks most in the memory for playing Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz, a soldier willing to take a bat to any handy Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. As a filmmaker, he's a bracing new voice in scare cinema, from his 2003 debut with the terrifying and psychologically acute Cabin Fever (check him out as Grim), through the influential Hostel and Hostel: Part II, in which Roth is unforgettable playing a head on a stick. To dismiss Roth as a degenerate part of the Splat Pack of scare-show directors is to write off a gifted provocateur.

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