Newest Reviews
Eye of the Storm
Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands
Where No Vultures Fly
Come True
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
Madchen in Uniform
Fire Will Come
Jailbreak Pact
News of the World
Beyond Clueless
Stylist, The
Sky is On Fire, The
Wrong Turn
In a Year with 13 Moons
Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, The
Sinners, The
Tammy and the T-Rex
State Secret
Mogul Mowgli
Owners, The
Twentieth Century, The
Story of Gilbert and Sullivan, The
What Lies Below
Dead Pigs
Willy's Wonderland
It's in the Air
School's Out Forever
Stump the Guesser
Newest Articles
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
  Green Inferno, The You Are What They Eat
Year: 2013
Director: Eli Roth
Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Magda Apanowicz, Sky Ferreira, Nicolás Martinez, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Ramón Llao, Richard Burgi, Matias López, Antonieta Pari, Tatiana Panaifo, Percy Chumbe, Clara Vázquez
Genre: HorrorBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 2 votes)
Review: Justine (Lorenza Izzo) is a university student in New York City whose father (Richard Burgi) works at the United Nations and she is beginning to have her social conscience awaken. Although her roommate and best friend Kaycee (Sky Ferreira) is sceptical, Justine notes the activists who always have something to protest about and thanks to her attraction to their charismatic leader Alejandro (Ariel Levy) she is glad to receive a flyer from one of his lieutenants because that gives her all the excuse she needs to attend one of their meetings. It doesn't go too well, but she perseveres, and before she knows it she's involved with saving an Amazonian tribe...

Well, that's the idea, but soon she'll need saving from an Amazonian tribe in writer and director Eli Roth's tribute to the cannibal movies of his youth. He was on record as loving the more extreme side of the horror to emerge from the nineteen-seventies and eighties, these were his formative cinematic experiences and fed into the sort of work he would produce himself when he was able enough to pick up a camera, but he quickly found resistance. Either his detractors could not understand his fascination with what they regarded as unworthy trash, or they were big fans of unworthy trash and did not appreciate what Roth was concocting in their name, as if he were wide of the mark.

It’s true that nobody was going to mistake something like The Green Inferno for the disreputable cannibal flicks of yesteryear, and certainly not Roth's beloved Cannibal Holocaust (this was dedicated to that film's director Ruggero Deodato), one of the most controversial horror movies ever made thanks to its actual animal killings caught on celluloid. There was nothing like that here, in fact aside from a tarantula blown away by a pistol (and that was offscreen) there were no animals in peril here whatsoever, so you could observe we had moved on culturally, except that Roth and his co-screenwriter Guillermo Amoedo were apparently impatient with where that had led us to in the twenty-first century.

Roth talked a good talk, but the fact remained there were still activists around in 1980 when Cannibal Holocaust was made, and many of them objected to animal violence by humans, so it’s not as if Deodato was getting away with something thanks to a supposedly glorious non-P.C. wonderland of cinema. But there was a difference, and that was a self-awareness, and that consciousness was in every scene of The Green Inferno which failed to make any case other than demanding certain folks stop being right on. Were we now meant to stop caring about anything since the human race was capable of such atrocities against itself and nature then? Was any kind of social protest entirely a waste of time? Roth's tone was truly dismissive, and this adolescent mindset it didn't reflect well on him.

Fair enough, there are still people in middle age and older who roll their eyes any time "issues" are brought up, but there was something juvenile in putting what amounted to popular hate figures of the day the social justice warriors through gory torture and death for misreading the situation so badly. As far as that went, we were indicated to react as if their political hubris had brought this upon themselves for they knew nothing of how the world worked, but it made for a very bad tempered experience to watch, with relentless button-pushing to throw up talking points then immediately shooting any attempt at discussion down in flames. If you wanted a bloody shocker, you even had to wait almost half the movie for the cannibals to show up, something those grindhouse filmmakers would never have done, all so Roth could establish his straw man arguments: there aren't cannibals in the Amazon anymore anyway. True, Deodato added his own commentary to his work, but that was simply pretentious bullshit, and it was a shame to see the not untalented Roth take away the wrong things from the vintage trash he loved. Music by Manuel Riveiro on the noseflute.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 2064 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film


Eli Roth  (1972 - )

American director heavily influenced by 70s and 80s horror. Debuted with the successful splatter comedy Cabin Fever, and followed this up with the gory hit Hostel and its less successful sequel. Later, he directed cannibal shocker The Green Inferno and thriller remake Knock Knock, plus another remake, Death Wish and kids' horror The House with the Clock in its Walls. Roth has also produced 2001 Maniacs, a remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis's Two Thousand Maniacs! and a Cabin Fever remake among others as well as acted in friend Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Review Comments (2)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan


Last Updated: