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A budding horror-meister as a youngster after seeing the 1979 space-age shocker Alien, director Eli Roth was born April 18, 1972, in Boston. He refined his moviemaking skills at New York University Film School and, in the late 1990s, he made his way to Los Angeles.

Soon after his cross-country move, Roth sold his animated series "Chowdaheads" -- which he co-wrote, directed and produced -- but the show never aired. He found success a few years later, however, when he incorporated his medical maladies into the chilling cult favorite Cabin Fever. Roth's next feature, Hostel (2006), struck box-office gold and spawned a sequel in 2007.

Stepping out from behind the camera, Roth muscled up and took on the supporting role of skull-cracker Donnie Donowitz in 2009's Inglourious Basterds. Roth's subsequent work includes directing and executive-producing the Netflix original series "Hemlock Grove."

Eli Roth in Knock Knock

Knock Knock

2015 R

Alone for the weekend, Evan Webber offers two attractive young women shelter from a stormy night but comes to regret his charity after they seduce him and then proceed to upend his idyllic life.

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