Eldorado (2012 film)

Eldorado is a British horror-comedy film written and directed by Richard Driscoll and stars Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, and Michael Madsen. It also stars Brigitte Nielsen, Kerry Washington, Jeff Fahey, Steve Guttenberg, Bill Moseley and Peter O'Toole. The film has been described as a horror/comedy/musical road movie.[1] The film was also released under the title Highway to Hell.[2]

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Directed byRichard Driscoll
Written byRichard Driscoll
Produced byKeith Howell
StarringDaryl Hannah
David Carradine
Michael Madsen
Steve Guttenberg
Brigitte Nielsen
Jeff Fahey
Patrick Bergin
Bill Moseley
Sylvester McCoy
Narrated byPeter O'Toole
CinematographyFrancois Coppey
Edited byRobert James
Music byBuster Bloodvessel
Howie Casey
Tim Renwick
Distributed bySole Worldwide Rights Breakdown Films Ltd
Release date
  • 30 January 2012 (2012-01-30)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$3.85 million[citation needed]



The film parodies many other films specifically of the horror musical genre including Sweeney Todd, The Blues Brothers and Little Shop of Horrors.[1]


The film was to receive a wide release in both the UK and in the USA in November 2010, however, though production was complete, it was not released.[3][4]

On 5 June 2013 it was reported in the British media that the director had funded the film by filing false VAT tax returns to the British government.[5] Driscoll was alleged to have falsely claimed the movie's budget to be $15 million, the figure was actually only $1.5 million, boosted by a further $2.35 million defrauded from HMRC. He was convicted at Southwark Crown Court, and sentenced to three years imprisonment.[6][7]

The film never received a theatrical release, and was published direct-to-video in the United Kingdom.[6]


  1. ^ a b Turek, Ryan (30 September 2009). "House of Fear Preps 3-D Wolfman, Eldorado". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  2. ^ "British Filmmaker Found Guilty Of Tax Fraud Involving 3D Horror Comedy 'Eldorado'". 6 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  3. ^ Creepy, Uncle (14 June 2010). "Casting News: Horror Comedy Eldorado 3D | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Eworldwire Mobile Version". E4mobile.com. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  5. ^ Dixon, Hayley (5 June 2013). "Hollywood legends starred in movie funded with VAT fraud". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  6. ^ a b "British Filmmaker Found Guilty of $2.3 Million Tax Fraud". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ "Film producer Richard Driscoll jailed for three years for VAT fraud". BBC News. 1 July 2013.

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