- September 25th, 2015
- 100 Minutes
Spoiler Free Review
Closing out as the final film for Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival 2015 was a private screening of “The Green Inferno” as the first date of Eli Roth’s Fan Appreciation Tour for the film. Slightly more than a month before wide release a small crowd of less than 200 fans were shown the talked about film that people have been waiting years for.
I should note before the film began Eli Roth and lead actress Lorenza Izzo did come out to talk for a little while about the film sharing stories about the troubles of getting this released, problems with the MPAA, the travel to the location along with the numerous near death incidents that occurred while filming. Roth was very entertaining to listen to and had a glowing passion for the film and loved to talk about it.
For those unaware The Green Inferno follows a group of college activists who upon traveling to the Amazon to save the rain forest have a plane crash and are they taken by the native group of people who they were there to save. They soon find out however that this tribe does not have good intentions and do not see them for the real reason the activists were there.
While Roth and company do begin the film with a strong message about saving the environment and corporate greed that attempts to destroy it all as the film progresses that idea starts to seem to float more and more away. Throwing in conspiracy theories along with several corkscrew additions into the story end up distancing itself from the original premise.
It doesn’t help either that from the get go the majority of college students on the expedition appear to mainly be your typical “save the environment” students with purposes that aren’t just for the preservation of the rain forest.
For anyone who is knowledgeable about horror films as well knows that Eli Roth took his inspiration for this film from older Deodato and Lenzi films including the infamous Cannibal Holocaust film. Green Inferno seems like the remake / off spring love child and it’s nice to see someone bigger like Eli Roth giving credit to one of the most notorious horror films to ever be released and just shows his true die hard love of the horror genre in itself.
Similar to other Roth films including Hostel, The Green Inferno has a extremely slow build up. Near close to the first half of the film is a buildup including meeting main character Justine’s roommate and UN member father who both have small parts in the film. Now certain scenes in the beginning do have meaning later on in the film but I almost feel as if some of the film could have been cut without losing much. I think some of it was an excuse to showcase the beautiful 4K film this movie was shot with because it is beautiful to see.
One of my main concerns though is that once everything starts to go downhill in the film the tumble just remains slow and never really picks up at the pace I expected it to. Things do happen but at a calmer pace. Hearing early reviews about the hard R rating and extreme gore may have lead me to believe it’d be a little crazier but I honestly feel like the film is someone tame compared to previous films of his or just many current horror films in general. Minus the few gory scenes most of the scares or tension just come from the situation they are in with the tribe.
The Tribe themselves are one of the highest notes of the film. For apparently being a tribe that before this film had never had much of anything to do with the outside world let alone any knowledge about films they do a great job in the film giving it that very real feeling they needed similar to how Cannibal Holocaust did it.
After the credits rolled and I had time to really think about The Green Inferno and reflect back on it I can happily come to the conclusion however that for the most part, sadly, I just did not enjoy it. Between a story that twists around, a subplot that seems thrown in just for a sequels sake, one of the worst ending I’ve seen in recent times, and the slow pacing of not only the story but the action I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth. The Green Inferno had everything to be a new legendary film in this brand of horror. What we got instead was a less than stellar release that took too long to be released and might have had too much hype along with it. While possibly worth a one time watch when it’s released on DVD most will find themselves not coming back for a second trip to The Green Inferno.
Press Pass Provided By Wizard World & Film Viewed As Part Of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival