If you happen to be eating a meal right now — even a light snack! — may we suggest you temporarily push it aside to check out about two minutes of juicy, bloody, stomach-churning goodness from Eli Roth? You’ll thank us.
Roth’s The Green Inferno doesn’t make any bones about what it’s about, which is actually, well, bones. Human ones! The horror master’s latest twisted outing takes place in the rainforests of Peru (a stinger at the end of this trailer even promises that everything was filmed on location with a native tribe that had never been on camera before), where a group of well-meaning students crash land into the jungle and find themselves the hostages of a vicious tribe. Twist! They were coming to the jungle to help protect and learn about that same tribe! Another twist! The tribespeople want to eat them!
This is not the best way to spend your study abroad, you guys.
The film’s first trailer is an economic little package that manages to set up tone, story, and feeling in less than two minutes. It’s damn creepy, and if the final film is half as atmospheric as this, we’re in for a bloody good time.
One of Roth’s favorite horror features is the 1980 schlockfest Cannibal Holocaust, which he’s essentially remade as The Green Inferno (the film also focused on a group of students who, while attempting to help a tribe, were viciously eaten by them; interestingly, the original film is found footage style, while The Green Inferno is not). Roth reportedly used that exact film to explain to the Peruvian tribe he used as extras what a film was, showing it to them on a small TV in their rainforest home. This story is either a total lie or those tribespeople have one heck of a sense of humor.
In any case, the film was a labor of love for Roth, and this first look sure makes it seem like it was worth the work.
The film stars Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Sky Ferreira, and Daryl Sabara.
The Green Inferno will open on September 5. (Editor’s note: We actually already have a review of the film from last year’s AFI Film Festival.)
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