The Green Inferno
Directed by Eli Roth
Written by: Guillermo Amoedo and Eli Roth
Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Sky Ferreira, Matias Lopez, Richard Burgi, Eusebio Arenas, Nicolas Martinez, Daryl Sabara, Ignacia Allamand, Magda Apanowicz, Kirby Bliss Banton, and Aaron Burns
In 1980, a found footage Italian film called Cannibal Holocaust was released. The gore was so realistic that many people who saw the movie thought it was a snuff film. Director Ruggero Deodato was arrested for obscenity and the film was banned in several countries.
Now, decades later, director Eli Roth (Hostel) tackles similar subject matter with The Green Inferno. The title is the same as the film-within-a-film from Cannibal Holocaust.
The plot is very simple. A group of idealistic college students embark on a sponsored trip to Peru in order to protest the deforestation by a logging company that is encroaching on the native tribes that live there. The students use cellphones to live stream the loggers who openly threaten them. On their return trip their plane crashes deep into the rainforest, and a tribe captures the survivors. Gore ensues.
The violence is extremely realistic. Even the most seasoned horror fans might find themselves queasy. The film was shot in Peru, and some of the cinematography is breathtaking, particularly the shots filmed from the plane. Roth also managed to get a real Peruvian tribe to star in the film, adding to the authenticity.
The acting is mediocre at best, much what you would expect for a horror film about cannibals. Roth’s wife (Lorenza Izzo) serves as the heroine, who only joined the group because she had the hots for the leader. Most of the men in the film are practically interchangeable and take a backseat to the tribe members.
It does take over thirty minutes for any action to get going, but once it does it is relentless. Don’t expect good writing, just good stomach churning gore. – Shannon