According to Wikipedia, is defined as:
"the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings."
Gross, right? Something you could never even think about doing, right?
Well, the practice of 'de-fleshing' humans dates back about 600,000 years, according to archaeological research. It is assumed that once the 'de-fleshing' takes place, the remains are then cooked and eaten. Delicious.
But 600,000 years was a long, long time ago...that doesn't still happen now...does it?
As far as we can tell, there is still a tribe of about 3,000 in Papua New Guinea that consumes human flesh as a cultural practice named the 'Karowai.' They had settled in such a remote area that their existence was only discovered in the 1970s. However, aside from the Karowai, there could still be cannibals walking among us as we speak, but they are flying quietly under the radar...
The Green Inferno Brings Our Fears to Life
Eli Roth's newest film tells the story of a group of student activists that travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a tribe that is dying out. When their plane crashes, they are held hostage by the very natives they are trying to save.
But, as it turns out, these natives have cannibalistic tendencies...and they think the students are the enemy. Will the group be able to make it out alive?
I mean, it's just a movie, though. That can't really happen...can it? Well...
Remains of German Sailor Found. Eaten by Cannibal?
Starting in 2008, an adventure-loving German man by the name of Stefan Ramin decided to take a trip around the world with his partner, Heike Dorsch. The two loved adventure, and often made friends with other travelers and locals. Little did they know that only one would return from the trip.
Anchoring in French Polynesia in 2011 on the island of Nuku Hiva, Ramin believed that native Henri Haiti was taking him on a goat hunt, which was customary in the area. When Haiti returned to the boat Ramin and Dorsch had been traveling on, he informed Heike that Stefan was injured during the hunt.
Heike, in a panic, followed Henri into the woods where Stefan's body was to be, but he claimed not to remember where he left Ramin. He then sexually assaulted Dorsch, and tied her to a tree.
A few weeks later, bone fragments and teeth that had been charred were found. Upon investigation of dental records, it was confirmed that the remains belonged to Stefan Ramin. Claims state that Haiti shot Ramin while hunting, ate him, and burned the inedible remains. Charred leaves up to 25 feet high and remains up to 35 feet away from the scene of the bonfire solidified that the fire had been set to the remains intentionally.
So Was The Green Inferno as Horrifying as It Sounds?
Moviepilot gave me the opportunity to go to the New York City stop on Eli Roth's The Green Inferno Fan Appreciation Tour, and let me tell you, it was one of the coolest nights of my entire life!
While I didn't get to take a picture with Eli Roth, I got a picture of him with the star of the film, Lorenza Izzo, and producer, Nicolás López. It's an awful picture because the theater was dark, but I tried!
Roth warned us that he wanted pictures if anyone threw up or had to walk out of the theater, because it's been a common occurrence that hasn't been documented as often as it has happened, so the horror industry didn't believe him. He said he tried to make this the most violent film ever made. I brushed it off, thinking he was kidding around. I shouldn't have.
THE FILM IS DISGUSTING. It was brutal, and so intense that, at times, I had to tell myself to breathe. At one point, I actually thought I was going to throw up on a fellow Creator, David Charles, who came with me. There's eye-gauging, piercing-ripping, body-chopping; all of the gore you could ever ask for in a film.
The acting is brilliant. Every character is lovable (with the exceptions of the ones that aren't meant to be (who are so awful that I was cheering when they got near death), and although the film is intensely gross and action-packed, it still makes time for some beautiful character development and storytelling.
I highly recommend this film for horror-junkies and action-lovers alike, as well as people who are seeking a thrill from the grossest scary flick they'll see for a long, long time.
My advice to you
See this film, and heed its warning...if you're planning on traveling to majestic, faraway lands, make sure you do your research on the locals. And if you get hit in the neck with a dart, your best bet is to just ride it out and stay calm. They seem to like that better.
Regardless of your travel plans, definitely make plans to see The Green Inferno when it hits theaters this Friday, September 25th!
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