‘Green Inferno’ Trailer Teases Eli Roth’s Cannibal Tribe

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 16th, 2014 at 8:19 pm,

Actor/filmmaker Eli Roth has kept busy in recent years by producing lower-budgeted horror fare like The Last Exorcism movies and The Sacrament, as well as RZA’s passion project kung fu throwback The Man with the Iron Fists (which Roth co-wrote), but because of that he hasn’t released a feature as director since Hostel: Part II in 2007. That changes this year, with the arrival of Roth’s latest original gore-ific addition to the horror genre, titled The Green Infero.

Green Inferno, based on a script Roth co-penned with Guillermo Amoedo (Aftershock), follows a group of New York-based student activists who travel to the Amazon, in order to provide care for a dying native South American tribe. However, as the first trailer (see above) so eloquently teases, that scheme doesn’t exactly go according to plan, when it turns out said natives have a taste for human flesh. Perhaps that habit of eating people has something to do with why this tribe is dying out in the first place.

Roth’s latest film made our list of most anticipated horror movies arriving in 2014, and with good reason. Green Inferno, as the MPAA’s classification has made crystal clear – with an R Rating for stuff like “aberrant violence and torture” as well as “grisly disturbing images” – should easily provide horror genre enthusiasts with their fix of nasty onscreen deaths. Similarly, there appear to be pastiche elements here for film history buffs to appreciate – the most obvious being the similarities to 1980 cult horror title Cannibal Holocaust.

Green Inferno, as it were, toured the film festival circuit in 2013 and generated what amounts to mixed/solid word of mouth, over the course of showings at events in Toronto, Brazil, New York City, and Italy. The Wrap‘s review seems to encompass the general feelings so far, describing Roth’s first directorial effort since the second Hostel installment as “a serviceable follow-up to reintroduce audiences to his idiosyncratic brand of horror [but] it fails to either offend or exhilarate.”

That Green Inferno doesn’t feel as innovative as Roth’s past creations, though, isn’t really so surprising, considering that Roth was a trail-blazer of sorts when he made films like Cabin Fever and Hostel back in the early to mid-aughts; over the near-decade that has passed since then, however, the rest of the horror landscape has started to catch up to him.

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Nonetheless, Roth the horror director has long infused his work with sick, yet also wry humor and bleak cheekiness (see: his Grindhouse faux-trailer “Thanksgiving”). There’s a lining of dark social commentary to his Hostel films, where obnoxious Americans help to bring about their own doom while traveling in a foreign land, and Green Inferno seems to have a related subtext – one that is inherent to a story about well-meaning, but very naive privileged individuals, who end up causing more damage than they repair with their social cause.

If nothing else, though, Roth fans should be able to appreciate the many twisted ways that the filmmaker concocts for Green Inferno‘s cast of lesser-knowns to be slaughtered onscreen. Gore-hounds, this one seems right up your alley.


The Green Inferno opens in U.S. theaters on September 5th, 2014.

Source: Moviefone

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  1. Wow, I never realized how good of a director Roth id.

  2. Reminds me of Cannibal Holocaust.
    We´ll see if this one is far more horrorific.

  3. Eli Roth does for the Amazon Tribal People what Mel Gibson did for the Mayans.

    • Didn’t they died back in 2012 ? The Mayans I mean , not Mel Gibson.

  4. Gore fests for gore’s sake does not do it for me. This film itself probably eats in more ways than one. Pass the Tums, and I’ll pass on this flick.

  5. Social commentary about naive, privileged white people, or the age old “foreigners are weird and evil” horror formula?

  6. What was that text at the end, where they state that this South American tribe has never been filmed? Is that just a marketing ploy? Is this one of the first times that this tribe has seen Westerners and they make them act like cannibals in front of cameras?

    • Yes, it is just a marketing ploy. The tribe has had contact with Westerners for generations. In fact, they’re not even really Amazonians and aren’t remote at all.

  7. Welcome To The Jungle did this, though. Released a few years ago, it was about two obnoxious Americans and two obnoxious Australians trying to find the missing Rockefeller for fame and handsome monetary reward by traveling to Papua New Guinea to either find him or evidence of him to bring back home and release alongside their own footage of the trip.

    They then got brutally picked off by a cannibal tribe.

    That film will probably turn out to be a better remake of Cannibal Holocaust than Green Inferno. I also don’t think Eli was ahead of the curve because all of his movies and TV shows have been ideas that were done many times before, plus the fact he’s all “gore for gore’s sake” just to be what was once a menace to early 80s Britain, a “video nasty” (films like The Evil Dead, The Driller Killer and more were considered video nasties and banned from sale and cinema release for years because of the violence in some of the scenes).

    I’ll watch for free on a movie channel at some point but even if it turns out to be alright, it’ll still leave a bad taste because of the Eli Roth connection. To me, Eli is the horror version of Kevin Smith, someone who got lucky because a film somehow managed to become popular and then keeps getting work and nobody can figure out why while more talented people continue to struggle in the business.