Monday, August 11, 2014

Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno" A No-Go?

I don’t know what it is about Eli Roth, I haven’t particularly “fallen in love” with any of his movies. I find them vaguely entertaining, well some of them I find vaguely entertaining at least, I was never a fan of the first “Hostel” movie, and the rest of his films range from okay to mediocre. I haven’t really been in madly in love with any of his producing efforts either. So why do I look forward to his films every year? You got me, maybe I just like his enthusiasm.

His film, “The Green Inferno” was supposed to receive United States major distribution on September 5th 2014. It is a film that pays homage to the little known sub-genre of horror called “cannibalexploitation.” The most famous film of this sub-genre was “Cannibal Holocaust,” which came out back in 1980. Just Google the movie into your browser and you get a quick understanding of why it’s so notoriously remembered. The film was incredibly controversial and quite graphic. It also happens to be one of the fist mockmentary films ever made. Basically, “Cannibal Holocaust” was about a group of documentary filmmakers who ventured into the remote jungles of The Amazon, met an indigenous tribe there, treated them poorly and…well.. I think your imagination can put the rest of the picture together. The film was nearly pornographic in its effects and storytelling and has been a cult favorite ever since, while also being a film you can’t find in a DVD store, anywhere.


Apparently, there is some kind of business dispute going on at the studio which bought and chose to distribute “The Green Inferno” and now it has been pulled from its September 2014 release date. I don’t know if the film will get another release date or if it will go straight-to-DVD. The worst case scenario is it never gets released, which would suck for Roth, I read good reviews for the film when the film made its festival run last year and I always love a good horror film. Let’s hope we can lay eyes on this guy sometime soon.


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