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The Green Inferno (2013)

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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.

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Eli Roth

Writers:

Guillermo Amoedo (screenplay), Eli Roth (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenza Izzo ... Justine
Ariel Levy ... Alejandro
Daryl Sabara ... Lars
Kirby Bliss Blanton ... Amy
Magda Apanowicz ... Samantha
Sky Ferreira ... Kaycee
Nicolás Martínez ... Daniel
Aaron Burns Aaron Burns ... Jonah
Ignacia Allamand ... Kara
Ramón Llao ... The Bald Headhunter
Richard Burgi ... Charles
Matías López Matías López ... Carlos
Antonieta Pari Antonieta Pari ... The Village Elder
Tatiana Panaifo ... Village Girl
Percy Chumbe Percy Chumbe ... Guard Leader
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Storyline

In New York, college student Justine joins a group of activists led by Alejandro and travels to Peru to protest against a timber industry that is destroying the Amazon rain forest. When the group is returning to civilization, the plane blows-up and crashes into the forest. Soon the survivors discover that they are not alone and they are abducted by a tribe of cannibals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Chile | Canada | Spain

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caníbales See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,520,626, 27 September 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,192,291, 5 November 2015
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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One of few cannibal horror films to not feature any depiction of violence against animals. See more »

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As Kara is walking away after helping Justine chain herself to a tree her face mask is on her arm, seconds later it's hanging on her neck and she is proceeding to put it on, all the while Justine is calling her name because her lock isn't working, then it shows Justine struggling, then back to Kara getting her cell phone out her pocket, but the mask seems to have disappeared, then it goes back to Justine, again still struggling with her lock, then back to Kara holding her cell phone up and magically her mask is back on her face. All this in a matter of seconds. See more »

Quotes

Lars: You're such a fat guy in love.
Jonah: I am not.
Lars: There's nothing sadder than that.
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"Special Thanks" credit to "Brad Pitt (both the mototaxi and the Oscar nominee)" See more »

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Referenced in On Cinema: 'Dark Places' and 'The Green Inferno' (2014) See more »

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Performed by Sonido 2000 Tarapoto
Written by Torres, Tomas (CAJ/Huerta Uecke), Jesse Eduardo (CAJ/Huerta Uecke), Joy Huerta (as Tirzah Joy) (CA)
Courtesy of Marco Tulio Trigozo
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Eli Roth returns with an uneven cannibal flick
21 June 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

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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