Midnight Madness Report: The Green Inferno
Having waited six long years since the release of Hostel: Part II, Eli Roth fans were going borderline ballistic at last night’s world premiere of his cannibal nightmare The Green Inferno. During his intro, Roth told the crowd that this was the first time anyone—even his buyers—had seen the movie. (There was something about how they were “going dicks out” for the screening.) Judging by the cheering, groaning, and overall raucousness throughout the film, Roth successfully cooked up what his fans have been waiting for.
The Green Inferno stars Lorenza Izzo as Justine, a pretty but shy college freshman who’s intrigued by the group of hemp-smelling hippies holding regular singsongs outside her dorm. Or more specifically, she’s intrigued by Alejandro, the handsome group leader who’s charismatic in a Javier-Bardem-meets-David-Suzuki-meets-douchebag kind of way. Justine agrees to tag along on an activist mission to the Amazon, where their goal is to stop a group of developers from bulldozing a remote patch of rainforest. While their initial protest comes off as a success, the groups’ rickety plane nosedives on their way out of the jungle, and they find themselves tranquilized and caged by the cannibal tribe whose land they were trying to preserve.
In typical Eli Roth form, The Green Inferno doesn’t hold back in any way. Roth asked the crowd to put Cannibal Holocaust, the controversial 1980 genre-definer from Ruggero Deodato, out of their minds while watching his film. But it’s impossible not to see the two movies in tandem—particularly considering The Green Inferno’s limits-pushing gore. The first cannibalistic death scene comes on so quickly and aggressively there’s barely enough time to cover your eyes.
In addition to Roth, the whole American cast was present for the post-film Q&A, where they shared stories from their experience working on the remote jungle set in Peru. Izzo says she almost died while shooting a scene in a fast-moving river current, while most of the actors had unpleasant encounters with spiders or ants. “He took a spider to the dick,” Roth said about actor Daryl Sabara, who filmed a peeing shot just inches from a tarantula.
This may have been The Green Inferno’s world premiere, but Roth announced during the Q&A that a sequel was already in the works, this time to be directed by Nicholas Lopez. Judging by the noisy reaction to this news, viewers are already hungry for part two.