“In New York, college student Justine joins a group of activists led by Alejandro and travels to Peru to protest against a timber industry that is destroying the Amazon rain forest. When the group is returning to civilization, the plane blows-up and crashes into the forest. Soon the survivors discover that they are not alone and they are abducted by a tribe of cannibals.”
I was told (by other horror fans) to stay clear of The Green Inferno, director Eli Roth‘s film, for various reasons. Nobody I spoke to seemed to enjoy it, and if they did they mentioned that “only some of the gore bits are worthy of seeing, the rest is blah,” etc.
To all those people – FUCK YOU!
This film blew me away, I was held captivated by this from the beginning til the final scene, and it was one which I have not forgotten since seeing it some months ago.
It is quite obvious that Cannibal Holocaust was a huge inspiration for this film, you can see it in the tone, overall feel of the film, and just the general nature of menace that seems to be forever present during the films running time.
The cinematography has to be given props here, there are some truly breathtaking shots by Antonio Querica. Often times the film’s sweeping outdoor shots make you feel uneasy, dizzy or just plain uncomfortable, but this is a good thing, it helps set mood and tone.
The cannibals in this film are just plain fucking nasty, nothing more can be said about them, but once again – the makeup and effects used here are very good, and minimal (if any) CGI was used (which is always a great thing, in my opinion). Some of the gore scenes are among today’s grossest, and truly unsettling, which is also a very good thing, I was impressed with how well some of these shots were done, and how brutal they looked!
The acting is as good as you’re going to get in a modern day horror feature film, and is handled to the best of the actors/actresses abilities, which is done very well. Some of the scenes involving the cannibal tribes must have been incredibly harrowing, and this shows on the faces of the female stars. (Although I must point out that one character in particular – not mentioning any names – has an incredibly annoying “valley-girl” accent and is quite cringe induing).
All in all, The Green Inferno gets a very big thumbs up from me, I don’t know, I was born in the fuckin’ 70’s so I love anything which pays proper tribute or homage to perhaps the greatest era of film (not including the 80s).
8.9 out of 10 – Do not read the reviews before watching this, experience this modern cannibal classic for yourself!