The Green Inferno – (No its not fire weed) is the latest indie film of Horror Thriller visionary, Eli Roth set to release this Friday. In a special screening, his highly anticipated new release surely smacked the audience with a terrifying blood soaked film typical of Eli Roth. Although many seasoned horror fans may not be impressed, the repulsive carnage exploited throughout the film will have you rethinking veganism. You may remember Roth from the gory gem that was the film Hostel. Most likely because he left you, the viewer with no desire ever to set foot in a hostel. Hell, it was he who created the negative connotation associated with the word hostel for a whole generation! Nonetheless, his other infamous horror thriller, Cabin Fever also left an imprint in audiences; easily listed among top ten favorite horror films for its gag worthy blood ridden scenes.
What really sets the mood in these two previous films is Roth’s style of incorporating believable situations with college aged students, comedy and 70’s/80’s horror. In The Green Inferno, Roth keeps his trademark while adding a political undertone to upkeep with recent times. In the film’s first thirty minutes, a story line is created around Justine (Lorenza Izzo) and her quest in being a do-gooder. She is against what college activism has become with its fake interest in solving world issues. Early on in the film her distaste for “Slacktivism” is unraveled when she learns of female mutilations still occurring in the world without anyone stopping the injustice. Her passionate disgust leads her to join a college activist group who are traveling to Peru to save part of the Amazon from big money companies destroying indigenous lands for profit. She can’t stop FGM yet, but she can save the rainforest and its people! She wants to be a proactive change in her society so she joins the troupe and flies to the Amazon rainforest to try and save the autochthonous world. While this story line unfolds, very little attachment is stirred for her or the other characters. The task of going up against a big company in a foreign land almost seems too easy. Cheesy lines of saving the world and of motivation string the wide eyed Justine along too quickly. Even the comedic relief in the early part of the film, Kaycee (Skye Ferriera) shares part in the cheap lines of worry and hope. Maybe Roth intended it for dramatic purposes; to later choke the viewer in squeamish gags when meeting the fate that awaits them in the rainforest of Peru.
Let’s fast forward to where the film takes a turn for the best and reveals its reason to watch it. After tying themselves up to colossal trees and arming themselves with a dozen modern haphazard weapons, known as phone cameras and a giant satellite with live streaming capabilities, the ballsy crew dissuades the destruction of the Amazonian land and its people. Turmoil begins to ensue in Justine’s character after she is taken by the militia-like guards and they threaten her livelihood with a gun to her head; something is fishy but you still don’t care for it. Before she can figure out what’s going on, the plane crashes in a comical scene, complete with impressive visual effects and green vomit. The survivors of this crash are then met with darts to the neck and next thing they know, they are surrounded by a vast number of small red natives overwhelmingly petting them into their village. Needless to say the bunch is scared straight and close-ups of their horror makes for a terrific cinematic still. Of course the natives are hostile and the token colored student is the first to bite the dust; (surprise surprise). But it is at this precise moment where the film materializes its shock value. The red natives are cannibals! The enemy is not an ak-47 wielding bulldozer driver, or an evil spirit which lurks in the shadows; the enemy is the very people which Justine is attempting to save. The dynamic changes any feelings of detachment for the college activists and Roth inserts revelations which answer any instances of fishiness from earlier in the film. And the repulsive fun develops with each scene eerily more entertaining then the last.
Take heed this film is not for the easily nauseated. The film is disgustingly terrifying; what you would come to expect at a Roth film but up the ante times ten. You are sure to experience some agita, upset stomach and a dry throat from its brutal scenes of the characters fate. Every gut-wrenching, eye ball slurping, chop block chop to the head, blood stream splatter is accompanied by a smiling happy face of the native tribe. The horror is surreal. Tribes of these sorts really do exist. Just like Roth changed the idea of hostels for a generation, he might now kill your dream of trekking the Amazons.
So no The Green Inferno is not some fire weed (although in the film, the red cannibals are high off of Peruvian fire when they are attacked with the munchies and chase one of the college students for dinner- so it could totally be a plausible name of a strain) but it is a must see for gore lovers and thrill seekers alike. Officially released today!