When the trailers started debuting in 2013 for director Eli Roth’s latest film The Green Inferno the gore hounds were chomping at the bit to see what horrors he was bringing to the screen. Sadly due to distribution issues caused the film to never get the US theatrical release that year. Thankfully it was announced that it would finally be getting its deserved big screen release thanks to Blumhouse and now it is finally here. Will the Green Inferno live up to the hype or will it be a meal you could have skipped?
The Green Inferno follows a group of college students who take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle only to be taken prisoner by the indigenous tribe they came to save. Trapped in the village, these high-tech modern-world students experience the ultimate in primal barbaric terror, suffering unspeakable acts of violence in an intense and chilling rituals reserved only for the most threatening intruders. This film was Roth’s first big screen feature since his 2007 sequel Hostel II and what a return it is. The film truly delivers what he set out to do despite some issues here and there. The biggest issue with the film is the acting. The first half of the film prior to heading into the jungle looks to set the tone of the characters and is important for some events later in the film, but the acting is pretty bad. It could be the attempt to give it a more real feel, but it felt forced. Thankfully that is a minor issue as the real meat of the story is when they touch down in the Amazon. Here things pick up quite a bit and deliver on just about every level. From the moment they are taken by the tribe it never lets up showcasing not just a cannibalistic horror, but some depravity of human nature. The film doesn’t just deal with cannibalism but also genital mutilation taking into real issues that plague the world. Roth makes sure to let the blood flow with some great gore moments that will leave some cringing with disgust and the hardcore gore hounds smiling with glee.
At the end of the day this film isn’t for everyone, but for those that are intrigued by it or just a fan of films like Cannibal Holocaust will no doubt have a great time. For those that aren’t already in the know the tribe in this film are real and there is a great video that Roth did explaining how they got to film with them which gives the film and even more amazing tone knowing this information. Eli Roth is back and better than ever delivering a film like only he can. This release doesn’t include much bonus material except for commentary and a photo gallery but the film alone is worth grabbing a copy of The Green Inferno when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on January 5th as well as Digtial HD available now from Universal Home Entertainment.