Imagine taking a tour of the world’s molten and fiery underground, and then imagine who you’d want as your tour guide. Did Werner Herzog, a filmmaker with a German accent as thick as the forests through which he machetes his own path immediately pop into mind? Yeah, he did for us too. Which is great news because the ‘zog himself is coming out with a new documentary about volcanoes, and it looks—insert Herzog voice—eek-splosive.
The first look at the film titled Into the Inferno comes via Entertainment Weekly, and gives us a glimpse at a documentary that Herzog says will explore both the scientific side and “the magical side” of volcanoes, “no matter how strange things might eventually get.” And Herzog, whose filmography includes fiction features like the legendary Fitzcarraldo and documentaries like Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, is definitely willing to go deep into the strangeness.
For the documentary, Herzog teamed up with “esteemed volcanologist” Clive Oppenheimer, and the pair traveled all over the world to get up close and personal not only with some gargantuan lava spewers but also with esoteric and sometimes forbidden cultures. Herzog and Oppenheimer, for example, traveled into North Korea for the documentary, which we all know really doesn’t dig foreign film crews (except for that time Conan O’Brien went; that worked out OK).
“Into the Inferno is vintage Herzog,” says Netflix, “offering extraordinary locales, outré characters, improbable stories and, through it all, a chance to go deep inside a mesmerizing subject and emerge with new understanding.” Plus there seems to be a sweet synth score that’s very reminiscent of Stranger Things. So between the visuals and the music in the trailer, it literally looks and sounds like we can’t lose with this one.
Into the Inferno erupts on Netflix on October 28.
What do you think about this latest Herzog documentary? Are you all fired up, or is your curiosity on the subject still dormant? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!