The Green Inferno

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The Green Inferno may not win writer-director Eli Roth many new converts, but fans of his flair for gory spectacle should find it a suitably gruesome diversion.



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From acclaimed horror director, Eli Roth, THE GREEN INFERNO follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone... and that no good deed goes unpunished. (C) Submarine

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  • Aug 09, 2018
    You almost gotta admire the audacity with with Roth goes full cannibal after a long introduction to the characters and their motivations. That's really disturbing and horrifying, the escape scenes even somewhat exciting. Other parts are oddly amateurish or just masturbatory (not even a figure of speech here). Not entirely sure where the mid-credits scene thinks it is heading but oh well. Wrong on so many levels, but admittedly pretty damn entertaining.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2016
    Eli Roth displays a surprising maturity (at least most of the time) with this nasty, tense and well-directed horror movie that, awful acting apart, pays a welcome homage to the Italian cannibal genre and Ruggero Deodato - most especially his cult classic Cannibal Holocaust.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2016
    Never once, in a million years, would I have ever said that M. Night Shyamalan, in 2015, would've made a better horror movie than Eli Roth. But alas today is the day where the impossible is possible. Shyamalan has made a better horror movie than Eli Roth and there's nothing wrong with that. This, really, is Cannibal Holocaust for the modern era. The film, however, much like No Escape, is really retrograde in its approach to how it chooses to portray the indigenous tribe that serve as the main antagonists of the film. I don't think it's nearly as bad as No Escape, in that at least this film depicts the struggle against the tribe and those that are trying to kill them off in order to exploit the land they live on and its resources. Honestly that, in reality, is the bigger issue. And this is something Roth explained this when the film faced some criticism due to its portrayal as indigenous people as savages. I'm not saying the film isn't without its flaws, but it also, at the very least, attempts to use this approach in order to shine a light on a much bigger issue. The film is fairly meta in the way that it uses its narrative as activism. Of course, that's not something that the majority of people will remember, or eve completely get, from this movie. They'll remember the cannibalistic tribe and the fairly horrifying way that they disposed of their first victim/meal. The film criticizes those who use activism as a PR stunt and how sometimes the good guys and the bad guys are more in-tune than they would like for people to know. The problem is however that I think there's a lot of filler in the lead-up to the group being caught by the tribe. While there's the exposition that is necessary to set everything up, I just think there's too much that just feels like it's there to artificially extend the length of the film. For what reason, I really have no idea, but, to me, there's a lot of scenes in the film that could've been trimmed down a little bit. The film does kick off the horror with a bang, though, the plane crash itself is fairly gory, well the first death is at least. And then there's the scene where they pretty much dismember a character to take his meat to consume. This is, clearly, the horror highlight of the film as it's where the film is at its most brutal, like if you were to imagine a situation where a tribe dismembered you, this was the scene that 95% of people would come up with. The problem is, however, that every death after that point sort of pales in comparison. Nothing comes close, so they pretty much blew their wad right out of the gate. And I get why they did it, you want to show the people how utterly nasty and brutal this tribe can be, but it also meant that everything after that never came close to that brutality. The film is, obviously, still really gory, but it just peaks way too early. There's also a fairly gruesome, and surprising, throat slit scene. I thought the segments with the tribe, while not perfect, were pretty solid all things considered. I think it works in that, because anything like this is unlikely to ever happen to anyone reading this, it's also not something that would be an entirely unrealistic scenario to someone. This is more likely to happen than an actual, literal demon possessing someone's body. So I can see someone looking and this and just being terrified. If it wasn't for the first half of the film dragging so much, this would've gotten a better rating. The stuff with the tribe is good, it manages to keep your attention. The character development, of course, is minimal. The only one that really resembles anything of an actual human would be Alejandro. He's the only real interesting character in the film because his views on activism, after being captured by the tribe, does show to be a fraud and someone who's using activism to raise his own profile and ego under the guise of attempting to do good. No one else really has anything interesting to say or even do. The film's ending, before credits start rolling, is quite good and, again, it sort ends up helping to fulfill the mission that they set out to complete in the first place. In a more roundabout and violent way, but they did accomplish it, even if it took some lies. The post-credits scene, however, is a little goofy. I won't spoil it, but it just looks silly. Let's just say that it means that we get a sequel, which I've got mixed thoughts on. On the one hand you do have something to build on and an established motive to go back to this place, but it's another one of those horror cliches where it's not really ever over and I'm just sick of that. I just wanna see a one-and-done horror film. Though, to be fair, I've seen plenty like The Visit, Goodnight Mommy, stuff like that. But it's not like this movie really needs a sequel. I mean the second half of it is good but, as a whole, the movie ends up being nothing more than average, so I don't know. I'd hope that the sequel is better, maybe the gore is also a little more consistent and there's not so much filler. That's about it. This has its flaws, and I'm sure many will point them out, but this is a decent enough horror movie. I can't exactly recommend it wholeheartedly, but it's not a bad rental in the least. This should also be fun to watch with a group of friends, that might make the movie, on the surface, seem better than it actually is.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2015
    As a huge fan of Eli Roth I was so excited to see the Green Inferno, as I knew there would be inspiration from the hugely influential Cannibal Holocaust so I was thrilled to hear he'd be paying homage to it, but I was really disappointed. The film is a sleaze fest from start to finish and not in an artfully exploitative Rob Zombie way more in a weird "bargain bin" 2nd November Halloween sale kind of way. Roth seems desperate to cram in as much banal depravity as he can in the short time he has to truly freak out his audience and it just doesn't work as there is absolutely no story and no likeable characters who really frame the gore. I felt no compassion for the characters and whilst what I was seeing did affect me in the intended way, I did feel disgusted, frightened and even amused at times, but was I interested at all? Not really... Other than that, future screem queen Lorenza Izzo gives a capable performance.
    Harry W Super Reviewer

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