green infernoHorror fans all over the world literally waited almost two years for Eli Roth’s tribute to 80’s Italian cannibal horror films in The Green Inferno. The film was originally shown at TIFF back in September of 2013 and was scheduled for release in 2014, but money issues cause Open Road to pull the plug. We are however reviewing it for our first day of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween 2015 as it was released in September of 2015. The film is about a bunch of kids from college who want to save the Amazon rain forest from land developers. Alejandro (Ariel Levy) is a very charismatic man who convinces Justine (Lorenza Izzo) a young freshman at the school to join him and his group on a trip to the Amazon to fight the cause. What they don’t expect on this trip is that their plane is going to crash and they run into the indigenous people of the Peru section of the Amazon who happen to be cannibals. They are in the fight for their lives in this film as one by one they are eaten alive. The film also stars Aaron Burns (Grindhouse) as Jonah, Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X) as Amy, Magda Apanowicz (The Butterfly Effect) as Samantha, Ignacia Allamand (Knock Knock) as Kara, Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids) as Lars, Nicolás Martínez (Aftershock) as Daniel, Sky Ferreira (Vampire Academy) as Kaycee, Ramón Llao (Aftershock) as The Bald Headhunter, Antonieta Pari (NN) as The Elder, Richard Burgi (Hostel: Part II) as Charles, and the film was directed by Eli Roth.

Green-Inferno-620-04The first thing that I am going to say about this film is that the first half of the film sort of bothers me and it has to do with the dialogue. I’m not sure if it was done on purpose because every Roth film is actually pretty superb in that department, but the dialogue in the film is just awkward. The dialogue just seems forced and not natural in my opinion, but the film gets better with time. Once the plane crash happens in the film that is when things get very interesting and very gruesome like the way we love Roth films.  They were showing a early preview of the film that just featured the camera showing the crowds watching the film and their reactions and those videos do not lie because I was reacting just like the audience to the gruesome nature of the film. This is not a film I would take your child to unless you want him to have nightmares and afraid of the Amazon. As far as the film goes, there a lot of odes to all the Italian Cannibal films in this movie that pay tribute like Justine being covered in white (Mountain Of The Cannibal God), the impaled bodies (Cannibal Holocaust), etc. This is film gets very fierce and it’s actually more than just a cannibal film as there are twists and turns in this film. One question that I do have is how many of the indigenous people did they use for the film or were they all actors? One thing you’ll notice is an all grown up Daryl Sabara who made his start on all of the Spy Kids films and for being the kid bashed to death in Rob Zombie’s Halloween. Anyways, I think it’s worth seeing just for that last half of the film and that is why I am giving it a B+ for a final grade.

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