The Green Inferno

October 2nd, 2015


The Green Inferno

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A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 5.5/10 (1,698 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Eli Roth

Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns

A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.

Writers: Guillermo Amoedo, Eli Roth

Lorenza Izzo - Justine
Ariel Levy - Alejandro
Aaron Burns - Jonah
Kirby Bliss Blanton - Amy
Magda Apanowicz - Samantha
Ignacia Allamand - Kara
Daryl Sabara - Lars
Nicolás Martínez - Daniel
Sky Ferreira - Kaycee
Eusebio Arenas - Scott
Richard Burgi - Charles
Matías López - Carlos
Ramón Llao - The Bald Headhunter
Antonieta Pari - The Elder
John Mark Allan - Dean

Taglines: Fear will eat you alive


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site [Japan]

Country: Chile, USA

Language: English

Release Date: 25 September 2015

Filming Locations: Santiago, Chile

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The Bald Headhunter and The Tribal Leader woman are in fact portrayed by the actual members of the Chilean tribe Eli Roth had encountered in scouting the Santiago rainforest area of the Amazon. The Bald Headhunter is portrayed by Ramon Llao who had collaborated with Roth previously on Aftershock and Antonieta Pari portrayed the Elder respectively. Noted also that the principle cast of victims beset by the Elder, Bald Headhunter and the rest of the tribe apart from Kirby Bliss Blanton, Magda Apanowicz and Daryl Sabara had previously appeared in Aftershock. See more »


User Review


Rating: 5/10

Eli Roth is a director whose fame certainly goes before him. These days you don't really get many directors unashamedly dedicated to the horror genre like you did in years gone by. I like Eli Roth for this reason and I do find him a somewhat engaging, funny and entertaining guy. On the flip side I would have to say that I have found his output to be somewhat patchy and uneven. And frustratingly sparse at that. The Green Inferno is his first feature film as director since Hostel: Part II from way back in 2007! It's a long time to be out of the game. The question would have to be has he came back in a good way? Well, despite the undoubted promise of the central idea, it's a film that is kind of as frustrating as most of his other work.

The basic idea here is to bring back a type of movie that only really existed briefly over thirty years ago. The cannibal film was a particularly notorious sub-genre. Most of the films got banned here in the UK; some still remain so to this day in their uncut forms. Their combination of graphic violence, sexual assault and real animal killing made them real bad boys of the horror genre. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) is the one film that Roth has mentioned in particular as an influence and for this viewer it is easily one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. Its docudrama, found footage style mixed with a proper mean-spiritedness made it a pretty gruelling film but very well made. The Green Inferno takes a decidedly different approach to its material and it's not always a successful one. Where Holocaust was relentlessly confrontational, Roth's film is often quite jokey. This approach means that the tone overall fluctuates wildly but it definitely dissipates the overall threat posed by the cannibals. The choice of protagonists points to the change immediately in that it centres on a group of eco aware students who travel into the middle of the Amazonian rain-forest to stage a viral protest against some environment destroying workers, needless to say things take a bad turn and they wind up captive by a tribe of cannibals. The very fact that the film centres on a group of students makes this film surely the first cannibal film that doubles up as a teen movie! It's an awkward combination with a pretty ropey script and – the main girl played by Lorenzo Izzo aside - unlikable characters. The social commentary is not so unexpected for this type of movie, as Cannibal Holocaust had that too but it is modernised considerably here – the target is after all viral warriors who are more interested in being famous than for doing the right thing.

So how does it work simply as a horror movie? Well, it certainly has its fair share of gory violence. But it has less impact than it should because of the silly jokey tone that permeates it, even once the students have been captured. Because they aren't taking their situation seriously enough, it's hard for us in the audience to either unfortunately. The on-location photography certainly adds a fair bit it has to be said and the cannibals themselves are quite distinctive too, in particular the more prominent members of the tribe were somewhat creepy. I can't help feeling though that if Roth had reigned in the silly stuff and went full-on with this material with a more disciplined approach then it would have made for a far better film. It feels slightly like a missed opportunity and I am sad to say this as I was really on this one's side and had quite a bit of optimism for it.


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