"Horror [. . .] is an intrinsically subversive art, which seeks the face of reality by striking through the pasteboard masks of appearance."
- Douglas E. Winter, “The Night Journeys of Stephen King,” Fear Itself: The Horror Fiction of Stephen King
Eli Roth is one of the few filmmakers keeping real antagonism alive in contemporary American horror cinema. This is hugely disruptive and complicated, with a trio of remarkable performances at its center.