During the early 80’s a strange little sub-genre of horror films came out in Italy. Cannibal Films. Nasty, little pieces of exploitation that all featured heavy amounts of gore, violence, and nudity. Cannibal Holocaust was the most infamous, with Cannibal Ferox coming in a close second. Horror fans embraced these films and they are considered classics to this day. One horror fan in particular was clearly inspired by these types of films, that being Eli Roth. Well in 2013 Roth paid homage to these films with The Green Inferno, HIS cannibal film that is heavily inspired by Cannibal Holocaust. In my opinion this is his best film to date. He stayed true to the original films of that genre and really did a fantastic job with this one. Its by no means a remake, I will say that right now upfront. It’s a nasty little film that every horror fan should enjoy.
The Green Inferno focuses on a girl named Justine. She’s a college freshman who starts hanging around a protest group. Standard yuppie kids who protest poverty, save the forest, stuff like that. The group is planning on flying down to the Amazon Rainforest to protest the destruction of the forest by loggers who are destroying the natives homeland. Justine is important to their plan as her dad is part of the United Nations. There plan is simple, chain themselves to some trees and when the loggers arrive with their bulldozers film them with their cellphones. They will upload it to the internet to go viral and Justine will show it to her dad. The plan works to well when a local army shows up almost shoots Justine, and then arrests all the kids. They get released thanks to their benefactor Carlos, a drug dealer who pays the cops off. The group heads back to their plane, but shortly after takeoff it runs out of gas and crashes into the middle of the jungle.
From there is all goes bad. As the group (or what’s left of them after the crash) begin walking through the jungle they are jumped by a group of painted villagers who drug them and take them back to their village. Their all imprisoned in cages out in the middle of the village where everyone can see them. Then they start to be tortured, killed, and used for food in no particular order. As more and more of them began to get picked off they must find a way to escape back to civilization.
Eye gouging, decapitations, broken bones, even some genital mutilation for good measure is throw in. This film is to put it, simply gross. Sure there is some type of underlined message about society, and the rainforest or something, but it means nothing. This is a gross cannibal film, made by a man who loved the original gross cannibal films of the 80’s. I liked the gross cannibal films of the 80’s, and I really like this one as well. The acting is great, the special effects are tremendous, and it has just enough of a plot, and plot twist to tie everything together. It takes about 40min or so to really get going, but once the kids are captured its just a gore fest till the end. Also keep watching it does come back to tease a possible sequel.
As stated the film is very violent and bloody. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. And now thanks to Scream Factory its getting a Blu-ray collectors release. I have the original Blu-ray that cam out years ago, and I can tell you that this version does have a superior transfer. The blood and guts are even more colorful and disgusting on this transfer as are the screams from the kids as they are being gutted. Loaded with special features, this set even comes with the original soundtrack.
· Includes The Exclusive Original CD Soundtrack By Manuel Riveiro With Bonus Tracks
· NEW Into The Green Inferno – An Interview With Co-writer/Producer/Director Eli Roth
· NEW Uncivilized Behavior: Method Acting In The Green Inferno – Featuring Interviews With Actors Lorenza Izzo, Daryl Sabara, And Kirby Bliss Blanton
· Behind The Scenes Footage – Nearly An Hour Of Never-Before-Seen Footage
· Audio Commentary With Co-writer/Producer/Director Eli Roth, Producer Nicolás López, And Cast Members Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, And Daryl Sabara
· Original Publicity Featurettes Including The Making of The Green Inferno
· Theatrical Trailer
· TV Spots
· Still Galleries – Storyboards And Makeup Tests, Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Village Construction, Publicity, Movie Stills
I really enjoy this film. Its my favorite of Roth’s films. A great score, a tense plot, and tons of over the top graphic gore really make this one feel like what an exploitation film should be. Its definitely right up there with the films of the 80’s that inspired it and its definitely one to add to your collection. Pick this one up right away.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars