Eli Raphael Roth (born April 18, 1972) is an American film director, producer, writer and actor. He is part of the group of filmmakers dubbed the Splat Pack, because of their association and their focus on the horror genre. Roth is known for making extremely violent, low-budget horror box office hits, and for bringing the "Hard R" horror film to cinemas. Roth's films have been worldwide box office and DVD hits, despite their lack of budgets and stars.
Roth was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Dr. Sheldon Roth, a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst and professor at Harvard University, and Cora Roth, a painter. He had a Jewish upbringing.
Roth began shooting films at the age of eight after watching Ridley Scott's Alien (1979). He made over 50 short films with his brothers Adam and Gabe before graduating at Newton South High School and attending film school (the Tisch School of the Arts) at New York University, from which he graduated in 1994.
By the age of 20, and while still a student at NYU, Roth was an intern/office manager/development head for producer Frederick Zollo, eventually leaving to devote himself to writing full-time.
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