Mull this over: Eli Roth hasn’t made a film in seven years. Seven years! That’s a long time to go without making a movie for any director, especially when the director in question was, when he made his debut, seen by some as the horror genre’s anointed messiah. That’s not to say Roth hasn’t kept busy, mind, but he’s put most of his energy into writing and producing bottom-barrel projects and well-meaning misfires ranging from Aftershock to The Man With the Iron Fists. That’s a long ways to fall after climbing Olympus.
If you’re a fan of Roth’s feature work, though, there’s good news: the Hostel auteur is back at the helm with The Green Inferno, a movie that sees him working in territory that’s as familiar as it is foreign. Even better than that, there’s a full trailer for the film to accompany the brief, unsettling teaser that hit the web just a couple weeks back. The clip has more green than the title itself, but that’s not a problem – it’s suggestive, creepy, and incredibly effective at setting up Roth’s latest tale of travel abroad gone wrong.
The Green Inferno follows the efforts of some nameless college kids who fly to Peru in an effort to preserve the country’s vast expanses of beautiful, pristine tropical rainforests from being plundered by the evils of modern industry. Roth pulls a coy little bait and switch here, implying a far more sentimental movie before throwing catastrophe into the path of his cast’s best-laid plans. Turns out that the forest houses a heretofore unseen tribe of cannibals, and they’re none too eager to let a free meal go to waste. (Fun fact: the tribe on screen really hasn’t been filmed before, though they aren’t really cannibals.)
And so the gut-munching begins. Whereas Hostel and Hostel 2 both draw influence from the films of Quentin Tarantino and Japanese shock maestro Takashi Miike (among others), The Green Inferno borrows a great deal from Italian filmmaker Ruggero Deodato (who, incidentally, has a bit part in Hostel 2). Specifically, Roth is pointing toward Deodato’s video nasty classic, Cannibal Holocaust, though The Green Inferno takes a different tract by having the victims du jour come to the jungle with good intentions before their ignorance is washed away and the horror of their circumstances sets in.
Anyone looking for flourishes of gore here will be disappointed, but that just means Roth is saving the best stuff for the theaters. Regardless, it’s good to see him directing again; he’s also currently attached to direct Knock Knock, reteaming him with his Aftershock cohorts, and he might still direct a script for David O. Russell, so hopefully The Green Inferno doesn’t lead him to take another lengthy hiatus and hop back in front of the camera (a’la Inglourious Basterds) once again.
The Green Inferno hits theaters on September 5th, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies