The Green Inferno

The Green Inferno Red Hands Paint Tribe Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Nicolás Martínez, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Ramón Llao, Richard Burgi, Eli Roth

The Green Inferno: when she joins a deforestation activism group, a naïve student comes face to face with the cannibal savages she’s trying to protect. I’ll put it straight out there; I’m not a big fan of Eli Roth… that being said, I had a blast with this film. The naive protagonist / final girl is surrounded by thin and/or unlikable characters (angsty alternative goths, far out hippy protesters, etc) so you’re not all that fussed about their fates, and watching them get dispatched is rather entertaining. There’s some outrageous practical effects, showcasing bloody and disgusting gore, but it’s all tongue cut out in cheek – think ultra black horror / borderline stoner comedy – with several laugh out loud moments. There’s a fun Final Destination style plane crash, followed by an intense tribe meeting (the scariest part of the film) – and after that it’s all killer. The only two downsides are that the film takes around halve the running time to get going; it also feels less urgent / more detached than the ‘found footage’ ‘real life’ cannibal exploitation films of the 70s & 80s. It would have been foolish to try to pull off a ‘Mountain of the Cannibal Holocaust Ferox God’ movie in 2015, as it just wouldn’t have the same impact, so Roth has taken the ‘cannibal movie’ template and given it a nice postmodern spin. The Green Inferno got an unfair rep by people mostly focusing solely on the gore; but tonally, it feels more like an out-and-out send up of student, or ‘leftie’ activism to me. Over time I hope it’ll become a cult hit along the likes of Cannibal the Musical and Delicatessen. Disgustingly enjoyable.

Score: 7/10
B-Movie Score: 9/10

The Green Inferno Final Girl Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Nicolás Martínez, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Ramón Llao, Richard Burgi, Eli Roth

The Green Inferno Baddie Bone Nose Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Nicolás Martínez, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Ramón Llao, Richard Burgi, Eli Roth

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9 comments
  1. I’ll give you a comment but my nipples are staying pixelated!! Haha.

    I find Roth really hit and miss but this film sounds promising. I’m yet to see it, but sounds fun!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      :(

      You’ll definitely get more out of this if you’ve seen/can handle the ‘classic’ cannibal flicks from yesteryear. Very, very dark and grisly..

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      • I’ve seen Cannibal Holocaust a few times :) none of the others though. I can handle any horror……except the ones about demonic children haha then I’m behind a cushion.

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  2. Nice review. I enjoyed this film very much. I was a bit in shock at the limbs sequence … my goodness. Then again, it’s Eli Roth.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s a weird one for gore – I thought it was almost too over the top and comical (like a tribal kid running about with a shin/foot lifted proudly above his head), and was expecting a Hostel-esque fascination with flesh, sinew, tendons snapping…

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      • I know what you mean. “Yay let’s eat people!” It was even camp for me when they did the chopping. I guess there are no set guidelines on how to present a film like that.

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  3. Good post. I had to see Green Inferno as soon as it was available here. It’s gross lol. Some of the stoner comedy didn’t quite fit for me but it was fun.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Absolutely, bit of a weird mix (like Idle Hands cranked up to 50) but I really feel that the humour was missed by most of the bigger reviewers that just didn’t ‘get it’.

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  4. ripleyhickslv426 said:

    I’ll also give you a comment but my neeps are tucked away out of sight out of mind….disappointing I know! Anyways good run through of the film there, was your typical Eli Roth effort(We all know what to expect by now) so if your expecting something new and fresh then don’t as this guy’s notorious for pumping out the same stuff over and over.

    I had to take a little time to digest this one(No pun intended) as I just didn’t know what to think, film was definitely a slow burn, wasn’t sure if i was watching a comedy at times, classic B movie acting, first rate gore though they didn’t pull any punches!. Id give it a chance, its pretty average if your rating it seriously so if you approach with low expectations then i highly doubt anyone will be that disappointed. 5/10 on the “serious” meter, 7/10 B movie grade.

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