Gratuitous sex, unfathomable torture scenes and copious amounts of nudity are a recipe for an NC-17 rating and a nightmare for any horror film creator. Perhaps this is why Eli Roth -- the mind responsible for the very bloody and very violent Hostel films -- believes that there should be no rating system with the horror genre. In an interview with MTV, Roth said, "I'd love to see us get to a point where you can go to theaters and see movies unrated and that people know its not real violence. It's all pretend. It's all fake."

I have to agree. I personally don't believe in a rating system for film and television, although I wouldn't be the first person to want to see an eyeball being torn out of someones face during a gory flick. Roth longs for the day when "people realize movies don't cause violence." Obviously, there's a lot more than dismembered body parts behind the filmmaking of Eli Roth -- he has strong opinions (he believes all moviegoers should get their money back from Oceans Twelve) and currently only wishes to create films off his own stories rather than opting to take on $100 million budget films. Except, um, when it comes to Cell ... which isn't his story.

Luckily, he is part of a group dubbed the Splat Pack; folks like Quentin Tarantino, Rob Zombie and James Wan(Saw) are all there to support the horror film cause. The group's mission is to bring the bloodiest films back to the big screen and to support each other as they fight against the MPAA for a non NC-17 rating. (Monthly bake sales, optional.) So far so good; Hostel received an R rating, but the verdict is still out on Hostel Part II. We'll find out soon enough -- the film opens this summer on June 8. Roth makes one more good point: that maybe if we got used to seeing the "pretend" violence that eventually it wouldn't matter anymore. "I'd love to see us get to a point where you can make a movie and not worry about the limits of the violence. Then I think they'd get so violent that people would get bored of it."
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