Reel TV: First Look at Jason Blum and Eli Roth's 'South of Hell'

Reel TV: First Look at Jason Blum and Eli Roth's 'South of Hell'

Oct 29, 2015

Eli Roth shot onto the horror scene in 2002 with Cabin Fever and quickly became a sort of new authority in the horror world. A lot of that probably has to do with him being one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgable talking heads on the great Bravo mini-series The 100 Scariest Movie Moments. That combined with the release of Hostel turned him into a household name faster than any horror director in recent memory.

That said, in the last few year's Roth's career has been a bit uneven. He's been involved with a few worthwhile projects as a producer, like The Sacrament and The Last Exorcism, but it's hard to imagine that his career would have blasted off if The Green Inferno and Knock Knock were his first two movies. They're both simply bad movies and his TV show Hemlock Grove is one of the worst original shows Netflix has ever produced. 

That said, because I like Cabin Fever so much, I'm still willing to give Roth a cautious shot whenever he gets involved in something new. That's why I'm more than a little intrigued by this first teaser trailer for a new show that he's created with producer Jason Blum. It's called South of Hell and stars Mena Suvari as a demon hunter who just so happens to have her own demon living inside her. What's most interesting, however, are the non-Roth names involved.

According to a press release, the show has episodes directed by Ti West (House of the Devil), Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance) and Jeremiah Chechik (freakin' National Lampon's Christmas Vacation). That is a mighty intriguing roster of people, each with very different careers. Not only that, but the show is being overseen by Dexter and The Shield producer James Manos, Jr., so this is definitely something to keep on the radar even if, like me, you've grown wary of Roth's movies in recent years.

South of Hell will air all of its episodes on WE tv in one streak the night of November 27, 2015 (AKA Black Friday). Here's to hoping it's something special.


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