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[BD Review] With 'The Green Inferno', Eli Roth Resurrects the Cannibal Sub-Genre In All It's Depraved Glory! -
There is something about the whole Italian cannibal genre, and also the Italian zombie films that frightens me like nothing else. The mechanical/slow/relentless seperation of living human flesh. Those old movies really haunt me and I think this is going to definitely fit right alongside them. Good to see Eli Roth back and as much as I fear this movie I really want to see it.It’s been a whopping 6 years since Eli Roth of Cabin Fever and Hostel fame has directed a feature. Going into his highly anticipated return behind the camera, I wondered if he still had it in him. Remember, the “torture porn” sub-genre which he helped establish back in 2005 has long become a thing of the past. We’re in an era where popular horror has become all about suggesting violence as opposed to showing it to graphic detail. The Green Inferno is an obvious love letter to the cannibal sub-genre of the 70’s which included notorious classics such as Cannibal Holocaust, Eaten Alive and Cannibal Ferox. Last year Roth co-wrote and starred in Aftershock which its level of depravity got a lukewarm response from many fans and critics alike. I won’t deny I was skeptical going into this even though I’m an unashamed fan of Roth’s work thus far. 100 minutes later, Roth is not only back in tip top form but may have singlehandedly unleash the rebirth of the long ignored cannibal movie...
When it comes to the violence in The Green Inferno, it somehow manages to trump everything Roth has done to date. The film is one of the goriest and most brutal to be seen in an American genre film in sometime…and yes, I’ve seen the Evil Dead remake. While that film is bloodier, there’s a sense of fun when this is all happening. Not always in the case of The Green Inferno. KNB EFX work is easily some of their most realistic and shocking to date. Gorehounds will no doubt cheer as I did by the spectacular showmanship on display yet at the same time, your jaw will drop in horror by the unflinching savagery rained down upon the characters we’ve invested ourselves in. This juxtaposition of emotions is the film’s strongest achievement.
The Green Inferno finds Eli Roth at the absolute top of his game. He is exactly where he belongs; on the director’s chair. His craftsmanship and maturity have grown significantly. As extreme as the carnage gets, Roth maximizes the effect of an image at every turn. He knows when to precisely be visually graphic, as well as restrain if the opportunity calls for it. It’s a shame the movie wasn’t shot on 35mm film. It would have lent a welcoming gritty aesthetic, which the clean digital imagery just cannot equal. In The Green Inferno, Eli Roth and the cannibal sub-genre make a triumphant, long overdue return.
I eat cannibals, lots of cannibals,
so bring out the animal, in me!
I eat cannibals!
I couldn't resist.
Green Inferno, The (2013) Review - Dread Central
Oh man.Deemed the “Godfather of Midnight Madness,” Eli Roth has made his long-awaited return to the director’s chair after a six-year absence and premiered his cannibal horror film The Green Inferno to a gore-hungry audience at the Toronto International Film Festival. After last year’s poorly received Aftershock and the many rumors and doubts that his first foray into the cannibal sub-genre was going to simply be a loose reimagining of Cannibal Holocaust, Roth has thankfully managed to whet the appetites of even the most skeptical horror fans by taking viewers on a wild and dangerous ride into the Amazon with many extra servings of carnage in The Green Inferno.
The film (which also stars many of the actors in Aftershock) follows Justine (Izzo), a bright and naïve university student who gets roped into a campus student activist group’s ludicrous and precarious plot to travel to the Peru to stop the annihilation of an endangered tribe by using social media on their iPhones as their only means of protection. The plan proves to be successful; however, after an horrific plane crash leaves half of the students dead, the survivors are drugged and taken hostage by the very tribe they were protesting for, and one by one, they become sloppy feasts to the gluttonous village. What ensues is a gorefest of nauseating violence that fans of the genre will love in this fervent tribute to Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi’s infamous cannibal films.
When it comes to violence and gore, Eli Roth has definitely proved he hasn’t gotten soft over the years as many of the kills are fairly inventive and will send many mainstream viewers seeking pukebags. (And we can also thank KNB EFX Group for that.) Viewers are witness to many impalements and likable characters being cut up in pieces and eaten, but ironically enough, The Green Inferno shows a surprising level of restraint as well. It’s obvious that Roth was aware of the viewers’ depraved expectations and definitely had a lot of fun threatening the audience with a far more brutal film experience than they actually will get. This fact is especially evident during a discussion of female circumcision earlier on in the movie that manages to leave fans of Roth’s previous works in a perpetual state of unease as they prepare for a gender role reversing genital mutilation scene reminiscent of Roger Bart’s demise in Hostel II that never actually is shown. Also, unlike Cannibal Holocaust, there are no animals harmed in The Green Inferno, which will be relieving for many viewers.
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Somnia is described as a haunting, emotionally absorbing horror film about an orphaned child whose dreams — and nightmares — manifest physically as he sleeps. The film explores the enduring bonds between parent and child and is punctuated by sequences of intense, visceral terror that only a child’s imagination could conjure.