2015 is a special year for horror. We've already seen awesome surprise hits such as It Follows and Goodnight Mommy terrify the public, but something else is coming - a movie which will be the most confident, blood-soaked nod to classic horror that we've seen for a long time.
Yes, Green Inferno is finally getting the big screen release it deserves, hitting the US September 25. Check out the trailer if you haven't already...
I know, it looks pretty freakin' badass, right? Still, while that gut-reaction 'Oh My God, This is HORROR!' feeling is the most important thing, there are a whole bunch of more rational, explainable reasons why Green Inferno is gonna be the most classic horror movie of 2015.
The Illustrious History of the Cannibals
Cannibal movies were massive in the '80s. Classics such as Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and Cannibal Ferox (1981), made by bold Italian horror directors like Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi raised the bar for horror, setting new, revoltingly twisted levels of gore and destruction.
Cannibal Holocaust, for example, was so shocking that the director was actually accused of murdering cast members for real (an allegation he soon disproved by bringing the 'murdered' actor into the courtroom!) Here's the trailer for Cannibal Holocaust if you missed the movie.
Eli Roth's Green Inferno is a lush, vibrantly colorful homage to these father figures of cannibal cinema: Green Inferno was actually the working title of '80s classic Cannibal Holocaust. Dedicated horror fans are sure to spot many overt or smaller, subtler nods hidden within Green Inferno's dark recesses.
Video Nasties and the Modern R-Rating
The US film certification body, the MPAA, has given Green Inferno a solid R-Rating, citing:
"aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use. "
Sounds like a recipe for a carnage-splattered horror to me. This R-Rating means two things: For one, it's not an NC-17, so should still be able to pull in some big box office bucks, hopefully ensuring a richer, more certain future for the more extreme end of horror.
Check out this Green Inferno clip to meet the locals...
Secondly, this gives Green Inferno a distinct advantage over its predecessors: the aforementioned Italian Cannibal capers - Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, etc. - were released to a world saturated with concerns about 'video nasties.' This gave cannibal horror a thrilling, forbidden naughtiness, but hampered the genre in terms of critical acclaim and public reach. Roth is free to share his cannibal masterpiece with the world...
Eli Roth, Auteur of the Damned
When has Eli Roth steered us wrong? Sure, he lends his name to a plethora of movies which some people find trashy or overly violent, but that's the way with any director with a vision: you can't please everyone. From creepy early 2000s hit Cabin Fever, through instant classic Hostel, and many production credits for cool movies like Clown, The Last Exorcism and The Sacrament, his movies have a flamboyant love of gore coupled with a smart, snarky reverence for the horror classics of past generations. He's the perfect guy to bring the Cannibal Horror back to life.