Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Blu-ray Review: THE GREEN INFERNO (2013)
THE GREEN INFERNO
Directed by: Eli Roth
Distributed by: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
If you are a horror movie fan, then you have surely heard about Eli Roth's latest film, THE GREEN INFERNO. It was made a few years ago, but then was in distribution limbo for quite sometime. Luckily the great folks at Universal Pictures took a chance on the film and it was given a wide theatrical release back in September of last year. If you failed to catch this film at the theater, it is available now on DVD and Blu-ray, so get your hands on a copy asap. Here is the basic plot synopsis from the Universal website:
The mastermind behind the Hostel franchise and Cabin Fever, horror auteur Eli Roth, serves up a feast of gut-wrenching terror in the gruesome fear-fest The Green Inferno. Determined to protect the Amazon rainforest, a group of student activists fly to Peru only to crash-land deep in the jungle. Captured by a pack of bloodthirsty cannibals, the survivors suffer unspeakable acts of butchery at the hands of the very tribe they were trying to save. A non-stop barrage of carnage and chills, The Green Inferno is an unhinged blast!
One of my favorite sub-genres of horror is the Cannibal film. There is something extremely disturbing with the thought of humans that hunt, kill, and eat other humans. We were given many cannibal films back in the 70's and early 80's, most notable were CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and CANNIBAL FEROX. I love these films and assumed this sub-genre was dead. I assumed no filmmaker wanted to tackle such a taboo subject matter such as cannibalism. Thank goodness my assumption was wrong and what better filmmaker to bring us as a new cannibal film than master of horror, Eli Roth!
Mr. Roth brings back true horror with this latest project. If you are tired of all the PG-13 horror films coming out lately, you will be glad to finally see a true, rated R horror film. The film definitely earns it's R rating. There is some extremely graphic gore in this film, as you would expect with a cannibal film. The story line is good as well, with a nice little twist at the end. The acting was great throughout the film, and the camera work was excellent.
If I had to find a flaw with this film, it was the bit of comic relief Roth threw in concerning some pot and the cannibals getting high. That part just seemed silly to me and sort of ruined the flow of the dark subject matter the rest of the film has. But that is just one little gripe. Overall I loved this movie and really welcome the cannibal sub-genre back thanks to Eli Roth. I hope other filmmakers take note and we can see some other cannibal films in the near future!
THE GREEN INFERNO is available now on DVD and Blu-ray and contains the following special features:
* Photo Gallery
* Feature Commentary with Co-Writer/Director/Producer Eli Roth, Producer Nicolas Lopez, and Stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara.
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray