This past weekend finally saw the long awaited cinematic release of Eli Roth's cannibalistic shocker The Green Inferno.
As with Roth's previous releases (including Hostel and Cabin Fever), The Green Inferno is abuzz with controversy. One of the great things about film is that everyone has an opinion. As expected, Roth's newest gory story has its fans as well as its haters.
One such fan happens to be the king of horror himself, Stephen King. According to King's official Twitter page, "The GREEEN INFERNO is like a glorious throwback to the drive-in movies of my youth: bloody, gripping, hard to watch, but can't look away."
On the more neutral - although not so raving side - is one of my favorite quotes from a review via Globe and Mail critic Barry Hertz:
“Whatever criticism you want to throw at Roth, at least the director stays true to his singular, repulsive vision: His cannibals-gone-wild tale is a work of unrelenting and squishy terror. Guts are spilled, eyeballs are gouged and the threat of vaginal torture is waved around like Chekhov’s gun. If that’s your thing, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to some godawful version of heaven.”
And then there's the full on mangling of The Green Inferno from Los Angeles Times critic Martin Tsai (who might want to hide out in a plus sized costume this Halloween so Roth fans won't recognize him):
“The film is a case of contradictions: It proudly boasts people indigenous to the Amazon rainforest who’ve had no outside contact, only to exploit and depict them as cannibalistic savages. The movie doubles as a political and environmental allegory like so many horror classics but mocks student activists and makes victims out of those who attempt to halt the encroaching bulldozers. And though citations of 1970s and 1980s Italian cannibal films during the end credits suggest high-minded scholarship, the film gleefully revels in sophomoric cheap shots such as exposed genitalia and explosive diarrhea.”
I myself haven't seen the horror film yet and will most likely wait for it to hit DVD or Netflix. I'm going into it knowing there's a sense of humor within and the social commentary about the current climate of annoying student activists has me sold on the movie's underlying concept.
What did you think of Eli Roth's nod to the notorious decades old Italian cannibal films? Let me know in the comment section below.