Well, that settles it – I’m staying out of the rainforest. If movies are to be believed, nothing good ever happens there: you’re either sent into a horrifying journey of self discovery like in The Mosquito Coast or besieged by ecologically-minded fairies like in Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. Or if you’re in an Eli Roth movie, you’ll end up on the menu for some ticked-off cannibals.
That’s the premise of The Green Inferno, the latest from Hostel and Cabin Fever writer-director Roth, whose Green Inferno is his first feature in seven years following gigs producing (Sacrament, The Last Exorcism) and writing (Aftershock, The Man With the Iron Fists). Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Daryl Sabara star.
The film sees a group of socially-conscious youngsters heading down to Peru to protest the destruction of its forests. But when their plane goes down, they end up on the wrong side of a tribe of cannibals who are ready to sample the other, other white meat.
It’s been a good while since we’ve had a straight-up South American cannibal story in the vein of Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and Cannibal Ferox (1981), both of which involve outsiders from the developed world running afoul of and ultimately ending up food for cannibals. It seems The Green Inferno is touching on those films’ themes of leaving well enough alone when it comes to indigenous peoples, but might read a little differently since our victims this time out are plan crash survivors and not actively seeking out the natives.
The Green Inferno will make you wonder what human elbow tastes like on September 5.