Cannibal Holocaust

ff the green inferno

Is it nostalgia or a psychological quirk that makes Eli Roth start all of his films in the same place? Either he’s incapable of writing a picture without nineteen year-olds or just doesn’t want to, but regardless his latest film picks up right where his prior films have; in college, with college students. Where The Green Inferno starts off on the wrong foot in comparison to his previous films is that there isn’t a single soul here worthy of a bar conversation or a fun game of beer pong. The students in The Green Inferno aren’t looking for time away from school to enjoy themselves. They’re a group of campus activists taking a trip into the jungles of Peru on a mission to stop the expansion of civilization into the land of a native tribe, and they plan to stop this injustice with the use of masks, chains and camera phones. These characters aren’t unlikable because they’re college students; they’re unlikable because they’re the most unlikable kind(s) of college student. There’s the obnoxiously ambitious leader Alejandro (Ariel Levy) and our protagonist, Justine (Lorenza Izzo as the only person written to expect, and want, to see alive by the end-credits). Also along for the trip are a gang of secondary horror and comic tropes including the cowardly pothead, the huggable chubs, the disposable girlfriend, and the lesbian lovers. I don’t know if they’re all tropes, but I’m pretty sure you can guess which of these characters will make the plane-ride home.



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. 



After Eli Roth brought us Cabin Fever in 2002 and then the first Hostel film in 2005, everyone just assumed that he was going to be one of the big horror directors going forward for the next decade. But then he just made a Hostel sequel in 2007 and kind of…stopped. In recent years he’s been spending most of his time producing and taking various acting jobs, with little indication when or if he would ever return to directing. But today that has changed. A press release from Exclusive Media and Worldview Entertainment has announced that the two companies have teamed with Roth to bring us his next foray into the horror genre, The Green Inferno. Little is known about the project at this point, but quotes from both Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow and Exclusive Media executive Alex Walton specifically tout Roth’s past financial success, so one can assume that the director won’t be straying too far from the slasher film formula that brought him big box office dollars with Cabin Fever and Hostel.



You did it, godammit. They just invited us to dinner. Synopsis A small band of American filmmakers departs for the Amazon to document the lives of warring cannibal tribes. Two months after they’ve vanished into the so-called Green Inferno, a rescue team led by anthropologist Harold Monroe (Robert Kerman) discovers the documentary crew died at the hands of the Yanomamo tribe. Monroe retrieves the crew’s footage and brings it back to New York. The found footage depicts an orgy of shocking sadism – perpetrated by both the cannibals and the “civilized” Americans.



Prisoners, escapes, tasmanian devils (of the human variety), murder, vegetation, and flesh-eating!

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published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015

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