Eli Roth has always promoted the use of a bit of claret in his movies; this is the guy that introduced splatter porn to the world after all. So it comes as no real surprise to find out through Dread Central that his new movie Green Inferno has received an R rating from the MPAA
“For aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use.“
So it looks like Eli hasn’t lost any of his bite with his new film. Roth’s films are usually an extension of the Slasher genre stuff of the ’80s where the stars of the show were actually the kills. But this time around he goes all the way back to the ’60s with the Splatter movies Hershell Gordon Lewis was making.
The Green Inferno is going to be playing as part of the Toronto Film Festival which runs from September 5th to 15th. If you don’t have a chance to make your way to the Canadian metropolis, you’ll have to wait for its theatrical release.
Here is the films synopsis to clue you into what to expect:
“How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism and has a healthy appetite for intruders”
For the diehard horror fans this will sound strangely familiar. It is no secret that Eli Roth (much like Quentin Tarantino) has a love of the low-budget exploitation movies he watched in his youth, and this particular movie seems to have been inspired by a sub genre that died out in the 80s, the cannibal movie. The granddaddy of all cannibal movies was Cannibal Holocaust a movie that has an almost identical plot to The Green Inferno, only in Cannibal Holocaust the team is a group of reporters who start the chaos in the jungle for ratings.
Here is a video of Eli talking a little about this Italian classic…
The role reversal is great and Eli always does well in introducing us to characters we can sink our teeth into. They are normally jerks who end up biting off more than they can chew(! Get it?) and a certain amount of pleasure is derived from watching them get their just deserts. They also usually are accompanied by a feeling of angst too, no one deserves the amount of suffering Eli inflicts on his characters. Looking at an interview with Eli on Bleeding Cool it seems this film will be no different.
“Even though horrible things happen in The Green Inferno it’s really as much influenced by Werner Herzog and Terrence Malick, or even something like Apocalypto. It has that adrenalin rush feeling of the last twenty minutes of Hostel stretched out over a longer period but it’s very much about student activism.
I’ve seen so many students in the US basically just hitting the retweet button and then they feel good about themselves.
Okay, not everyone, but for a lot of people it’s more re-activism, they’re doing it to feel better about themselves not because they really care.
So here are kids that get caught up in thinking that because they have phones and they can stream video they can go and shut down construction and they do, it really works… but then their plane crashes and they’re captured by the very people they saved. Food, from the sky!
In The Green Inferno, these kids have this fantasy that they can fix everything with their phones but they get their asses kicked.”
So here’s to looking forward to how far Roth goes with the violence, and how well the message of fake activism holds up with all the ultra violence. We know that it is going to be bloody and end poorly for those involved. There is currently no trailer at the moment, but here are some of the stills from the movie that give you a brief look of the cannibals and their future victims…