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Filmmaker Eli Roth looking for a new horror filmmaker who can make him lose sleep

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 Filmmaker and actor Eli Roth has a couple of interesting projects upcoming. One is hosting an episode of the new landmark series on the Discovery Channel called "Curiosity," which gives him the opportunity to examine the nature of fear. The other is also a scary project, judging Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights annual short film competition.
 On "Curiosity," horror master Roth ("Cabin Fever") is going to probe the dark side of human nature by "testing the nature of evil." Roth told me he was passionate about doing the show because "I've always been facinated by the nature of fear. Even in my films, the 'Hostel' movies, I was always much more interested in why somebody would do such terrible things, versus the act itself. Being Jewish, we grew up learning about the Holocaust, asking the question 'How could this happen?' So I've always looked at evil, and asked 'What is evil?'
  Roth's judging duties for Universal's Horror Nights short film competition started with him daring aspiring filmmakers to submit their most twisted horror short films. Along with Daily Variety's Marc Graser, and Universal Studios' creative director John Murdy, Roth has selected the top ten shorts from all the submissions. Now the top ten have been posted online at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, and a winner will be selected by public voting from Aug. 22 to Sept. 9. The winner will be honored at Universal's annual Eyegore Awards, Sept. 23, which is the grand opening for the Halloween Horror Nights.
  Himself an Eyegore Award recipient, Roth said, "As a producer, I'm always looking for new talent, and happy to help a first time director get a big break. New blood, so to speak, is vital for the continuation and growth of our beloved genre. Programs like this can help deserving people get noticed. I am excited to see the competing films, and whoever makes me lose the most sleep will win."

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