Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’ To Finally Hit Theaters

By June 1, 2015

Late last summer, it was reported that writer/director Eli Roth’s cannibalistic horror film The Green Inferno had been “delayed indefinitely” due to a change in corporate structure at the film’s financier, Worldview Entertainment. Now, though, audiences will reportedly have a chance to see Roth’s latest full film hit theaters after all.

According to Roth himself in a post on his Facebook pageThe Green Inferno will be arriving this coming September. He said that the film was “saved” by Blumhouse Productions, which itself is most known for overseeing big horror franchises like Paranormal ActivityInsidious, and Sinister. It also recently helped to finance Whiplash, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars ceremony.

While Roth has a film opening this month entitled Knock, KnockThe Green Inferno was actually shot and finished by the director back in late 2013/early 2014. Before that, Roth had directed Nation’s Pride, the “film within the film” fron Quentin Tarrantino’s Inglorious Basterds. Before that, though, the last film that Roth both wrote and directed himself was 2007′s Hostel: Part II (that is, unless you count the trailer Thanksgiving, which was shown during the two-part Grindhouse).

BREAKING: The Green Inferno IS COMING SEPTEMBER 25TH! Saved by Blumhouse Productions, COMMENT AND SHARE with your excitement! Thank you everyone for your unending support, it helped save this movie!!

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The story of The Green Inferno revolves around a group of  idealistic and well-meaning student activists. They want to try and help save a vanishing indigenous native tribe, so they book a flight from New York City into the Amazon. Unfortunately, their small plane crashes in the middle of the jungle, where they are then taken prisoner, ironically, by the very tribe they wanted to save. It’s only then that they discover that this tribe are cannibals, and that their group may not get out of this alive.

Although not released to the general moviegoing public, The Green Inferno was screened before several critics, and currently holds a “fresh” rating of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. We’ll have to see if that number changes significantly once the film is released on a larger scale, though. It’s not without its social critics either, as human rights organization Survival International — which campaigns for the rights of indigenous tribal peoples and uncontacted peoples – has criticized The Green Inferno for its portrayal of an indigenous tribe, saying that the movie reinforces stereotypes and stigmas surrounding indigenous peoples as “uncivilized.” Roth himself dismissed these criticisms, though, saying,

The idea that a fictional movie about a fictional tribe could somehow hurt indigenous people when gas companies are tearing these villages apart on a daily basis is simply absurd. [...] The fear that somehow a movie would give them ammunition to destroy a tribe all sounds like misdirected anger and frustration that the corporations are the ones controlling the fates of these uncontacted tribes.

The Green Inferno will arrive in theaters on September 25th.

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.