The Green Inferno
Directed by Eli Roth
A group of student activists 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.
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★★★★ review by Wesley R. Ball on Letterboxd
I was supposed to see Eli Roth's The Green Inferno last year with my cousin on my birthday, and we were both disappointed to hear of its temporary shelving due to the downfall of the original release studio. I had really been hoping for an all-out gorefest that would shock me to the core for an intro into my third decade of life, but we had to opt for the inferior Boyhood instead (oh, the unimaginable horror). Now, finally, Blumhouse has graciously supported the release of this brilliant horror homage, and I can definitely say that my three year wait was completely worth it.
The thing about The Green Inferno is that it's a brilliant homage to grindhouse horror films, a genre that I have a guilty pleasure towards. The reason so many people may be expressing a great distaste for this film is that either they hate the grindhouse genre, or simply did not see the relations between the two. The latter is understandable to me. The homages were subtle as ever, although it didn't take me long to decode what Roth was doing exactly. So trust me when I say that everything that happens is for a reason.
If the story seemed outlandish or preposterous, that is because it's supposed to be.
If the acting seemed cheesy, that is because it's supposed to be.
If the gore seemed overdone or underdone, or even unrealistic, that is because it's supposed to be.
The point of a grindhouse or an exploitation film isn't to present a thought-provoking message or give the audience a rousing story that makes sense. The only thing that these films want to do is shock the audience with either unrelenting amounts of copious nudity, or more gore than could possibly be held in Jason Voorhees' wet dreams. Roth specifically chose to create an homage to the unflinching gore, and if you felt that there wasn't quite enough in this film like you were expecting, well... that was kind of the point.
You see, not all exploitation or grindhouse films are all about nonstop gore and blood explosions. Some films only use this tactic sparingly, choosing to play out their sometimes dull and ultimately unfulfilling stories and keep their most shocking parts reserved for very specific portions of the film. That's exactly what Roth did here, to some extent. His use of suspense and terror in place of copious amounts of blood and gore actually worked to my own advantage, and by the time the gorier scenes played out, I didn't turn out disappointed, but rather pleased that my expectations would finally come to fruition. This plot tactic is a common driving point in some (although very few) grindhouse films that make their more shocking moments much more satisfying to the audience, like a reward for sitting through the prelude and dull story. Think of it as literal torture porn, in the sense that there is a longer buildup to the ultimate scenes than in most other horror films.
Maybe I just loved this film because I have a native love for the grindhouse genre. Maybe I'm in way over my head and will absolutely hate this on a rewatch. Maybe the three year wait got to me. Whatever it was, today this was definitely worth a 40 minute drive to see. Eli Roth's The Green Inferno is pure, raw, and unhinged Grindhouse horror. A brilliant horror tribute that has no business being good. Many people will vehemently dislike this film, and I understand their frustrations. But for me, it was such great fun, and it just may turn out to be my new follow-up to a viewing of Tarantino/Rodriguez's Grindhouse (2007).
★★★½ review by Katie on Letterboxd
is eli roth a good director? no. would i die for him and all of his films? absolutely.
★★★★ review by Carlos Laron on Letterboxd
TIFF 2013 Coverage Movie #2
Glad to be part of the first group of people who watched this. Hell, I even got to see Eli Roth and the lead actress Lorenza Izzo after the movie where they did the Q & A! He is BRILLIANT. Midnight Madness is on fire this year! Let's sum up the movie in 3 words: VICIOUS, NASTY and WORTHY of your time. It made me uncomfortable all throughout the thing. The humor was spot on though. I couldn't literally think of words right now. Traumatized for life (anyhow?). The images in my head will forever be there.
★★★½ review by Kiko Vega on Letterboxd
¿Es Eli Roth un genio o un idiota con suerte? Su primera película desde Hostel 2 no disipa las dudas.
Después de dos cintas cojonudas apadrinadas por Tarantino, el dire de Cabin Fever hizo nuevos amigos en Chile. Lamentablemente, sus amigos no valen una mierda y eso se nota aquí, aunque mucho menos que en la horripilante Aftershock.
Divertida y (quiero creer) voluntariamente subnormal, con actores más bien mediocres y muuuuuuucho menos burrismo del esperado y deseado, The Green Inferno es una peli necesaria que deberiar haber salido mejor.
Es mala pero te ríes. Solo espero que a Roth no se le haya pasado el arroth.
★★★½ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
Although its weak attempts at humor (looking at you, diarrhea scene) and disappointing ending leave much to be desired, The Green Inferno is one of Eli Roth's best directorial efforts, with strong performances, excellent make-up and gore effects, and timely, well-handled social commentary.
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