Eli Roth's 'El Terror' Contest Wants to Find the Next Big Scare in Horror

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Associated Press
Anyone can submit a clip 30 seconds or less to enter the online talent contest, with a $50,000 TV series as the grand prize.

He made his name terrifying audiences, but now Eli Roth is the one looking to be scared out of his wits.

It's not just for his own pleasure, however; the Hostel director is launching a talent search called El Terror, to find the next big thing in horror, inviting filmmakers to submit terrifying shorts — 30 seconds or less — that can be developed into full-length horror series for Fullscreen Media's subscription video-on-demand platform.

Roth will be one of three judges — the others being actor Danny Trejo and YouTube star Julia Kelly — responsible for choosing ten finalists, each of whom will then be given money to develop their short into a series bible. Of those ten, one grand prize winner will be chosen, receiving $50,000 to create a fully-realized series with Roth's digital studio Crypt TV.

"El Terror is open to anyone with a wild imagination and a smartphone," Roth said in a statement. "We’re not looking for perfection, the best idea and execution will win."

More information about the contest can be found at the El Terror website. Entries can be submitted until Sep. 1.