Director Eli Roth has always worn his influences on his sleeve and the trailer for 'The Green Inferno' sees him paying tribute to one of the gnarliest and most disgusting horror subgenres of all time: the cannibal movie. This won't be an experience intended for casual movie fans -- this is a treat for horror buffs with strong wills (and stronger stomachs).
It's 2014, but 'The Green Inferno' follows a template that was first established by Italian filmmakers over 30 years ago and has been steadfastly followed ever since. A group of youths journey to the jungles of South America expecting to have the adventure of a lifetime and end up on the dinner plates of the savage, man-eating locals. If that description made your political-correctness nerves twitch, you're not alone. The cannibal genre has always been exploitative junk and Roth seems to be gleefully playing with the fact that everything about 'The Green Inferno' pushes the boundaries of good taste. (You can read our review of the film here.)
Roth has been involved in his fair share of good horror movies (both 'Hostel' films are much better than people give them credit for), but this one feels like a risk. Ultra-gory horror is on the way out and cannibal movies have never been box office draws. However, he's probably counting on this being the kind of film that generates word of mouth. If he pushes this as far as many similar films have in the past, he'll create all kinds of outrage ... and outrage equals more eyes on the film.
Here's the barebones official synopsis:
A group of student activists from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.
'The Green Inferno' will chow down on your precious organs on September 5, 2014.