While discussing his upcoming film Hostel II with journalists at the New York ComicCon this past February, director Eli Roth talked a bit about the faux-trailer he created for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez’s up coming celebration of 1970s exploitation double features- Grindhouse.
“So there was this slasher movie that my friend Jeff and I had been dreaming about,” Roth explains. “Growing up in Massachusetts, Thanksgiving is the biggest f**king deal; it’s all you hear about. There’s two full-time working Pilgrim plantations that you go to. So, every year there’s a new slasher movie for every different holiday – My Bloody Valentine, April Fools Day, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Silent Night, Deadly Night – I’m like, how could they not have done Thanksgiving yet? I mean, what are they gonna start doing? Passover Massacre? So when Quentin asked what I was going to do, I told him Thanksgiving. It was my 1981 slasher movie. I’ve been dying to do it for years. So I went from Hostel II – we kind of recycled a bunch of stuff we had from that set, like a decapitated head – and threw it all into this trailer. It was fun. I had a great time doing it.”