Eli Roth came in to promote "Hostel II", and Howard discussed how Eli used to sit outside Howard's trailer during the filming of "Private Parts" to make sure there was no noise when Howard was sleeping.
Eli said he sat out there and wrote "Cabin Fever", which ended up making a lot of money, adding it was nice to be in the studio now instead of outside. Eli noted that he might leave horror behind and direct a comedy next, possibly a whole movie of just trailers called "Trailer Trash".
Eli said he made "Hostel" independently for less than $3 million until Sony bought it during production. The film ended up making more than $250 million in ticket and DVD sales. Eli says the end of "Hostel II" is unlike anything anyone has ever seen. He said Bijou Phillips is great and the movie is much better than the first. Robin claimed to have been scared by just few minutes of the trailer.
When Howard questioned him, Eli said he didn't date Rosario Dawson, he just gave her a ride from the premiere of "Grindhouse" to a party at Quentin Tarantino's house. Eli said the filming of "Hostel" was like a frat party with nude casting, hard partying, and tons of girls. On "Hostel II," Eli made sure to have a bunch of hot P.A.s and extras around, because it keeps the crew busy and under control. Eli explained that it takes almost two years after a film's release to actually get paid for the film, and expects "Hostel" to finally pay "several million dollars" sometime in October.
Howard speculated that Eli must be swimming in girls. Eli said actresses are too high maintenance to deal with, so he loves traveling and meeting girls in places like the Czech Republic and Iceland. Howard asked Eli about a comment he made about wanting to cut Kate Hudson's head off in a film, and Eli said he feels that way every time he sees "Raising Helen" on a plane. Eli said movies like that and "Ocean's Eleven" or "Ocean's Twelve" aren't date movies, because unlike horror movies, you'd rather be sitting next to what's on screen than your date.
Eli said Quentin got him back into writing his scripts longhand, just like he used to do outside Howard's trailer. Howard asked where he gets his inspiration from, and Eli said he gets it from old torture techniques, adding that the ending of "Hostel II" is better than any film this year for this very reason. When asked, Eli said Raquel Welch was the most difficult actor he's ever worked with, adding that even after their show, "Central Park West," had been canceled, she still screamed for her apple juice. Artie said he had Eli beat so far as bad Hollywood jobs; he was an actor in "Mystery Men."
Eli said he got fired from "Meet Joe Black" for being an "untalented stand-in" before joining the crew of "Private Parts," but didn't really feel to bad about it because the guy who fired him was the bullshit director of "Gigli". Howard asked if he ever thought of giving up, and Eli replied that, to him, success was really a contest of who can put up with the most bullshit.
Eli said he's might direct Stephen King's "Cell" next, which is about a cell tone that makes everyone go batty and nearly collapses civilization.
A caller asked Eli if he would put Howard in a movie, and Eli said he would, adding that he would like to film the trailer for "Fartman," by filming only the best parts, and put it in "Trailer Trash", his next project. Howard and Robin loved the idea. A caller asked what Eli thought of Jessica Biel, and Eli said he loved her, but in horror, the scare is the star.