Horror movie maker and actor Eli Roth has been keeping busy lately, with 4 films he is currently producing either in pre-, post, or in production, and one just announced, the Newton, Massachusetts native also recently debuted a special on the Discovery Channel. The special, entitled “How Evil Are You?”, which aired as an episode of their “Curiosity” series, explores the implications of evil and its relationship to displaced responsibility. Much of the footage was culled from the recreation of the infamous Milgram obedience experiment, which were first conducted 50 years ago.
See a clip from the show below:
The Hostel director hosts the show which recreates experiments by the Yale psychologist where people are asked to apply electric shocks to people in another room. The shocks are fake and the recipients are actually actors, but the results are a very real way of analyzing the human ability to defer responsibility in order to excuse so-called “evil” behavior.
Roth was born in Newton on April 18, 1972. His father, Dr. Sheldon Roth, was a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst and assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Newton South High School before receiving his film degree at NYU in 1994. His first gig in Hollywood came after meeting actress Camryn Manheim, who was starring in the Boston-set ABC drama, “The Practice.” He later hooked up with Manheim’s cousin, Howie Nuchow, who also happens to be from the Boston area, who helped launch Roth’s first animation project.
All of Roth’s future projects will not be released until some time next year, including Aftershock, The Funhouse 3D, Clown, and The Man with the Iron Fists, which is currently in post production.