After the recent announcement that Eli Roth would be making his return to directing horror movies with a project called The Green Inferno, all that we really knew about the new film was its title and the fact that Roth said he was inspired to make it during the time he spent in Chile. For fans of flesh-eating schlock (and due to some deft Googling, me), however, that was clue enough to suggest that Roth’s new movie might be taking some inspiration from the cult classic 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust, which used the term to describe the jungle, and the 1988 film Natura contro, which also went under the name The Green Inferno, and was sometimes marketed as Cannibal Holocaust II.
Sure enough, a recent report from Variety confirms that this is indeed the case. The focus of Variety’s reporting is on the fact that Roth’s movie has had its German distribution rights bought by Constantin Films, but the interesting part of the article is the confirmation that this new The Green Inferno is indeed connected to those Italian films of the ’80s. The report says that Roth’s script follows the doomed adventures of an “idealistic student” and a “group of naive do-gooders” as their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle and they get captured by cannibalistic tribesmen. Sounds kind of like The Grey, only if you trade out liberals for oil workers and cannibals for wolves.
Seeing as this is the Internet, where genre fans tend to congregate, and we’re here on a movie site, which tends to be populated by people who have sought out the forgotten treasures of cinema’s past, it stands to reason that we would have quite a few readers with a deep, abiding affection for Cannibal Holocaust. What’s the general consensus amongst you lot? Should Roth have left this much-loved material alone, or is it welcome news that movies about flesh-eating natives might once again make a comeback in the world of blood-soaked horror?