The Green Inferno Director: Eli Roth
Screenwriter: Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo
Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Sky Ferreira, Nicolas Martinez, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Aaron Burns
Universal Pictures | Blumhouse
Rated R | 121 Minutes
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Finally, after two years of waiting, Eli Roth‘s The Green Inferno has reached theaters. Roth burst onto the horror scene back in 2002 with the low budget Cabin Fever, about a group of friends whose fun small town weekend is ruined by crazy local hillbillies and a flesh eating virus. His offbeat sense of humor and gross-out effects signaled that he was a force to be reckoned with. Then came 2005’s Hostel, and its superior 2007 sequel which garnered notoriety and helped coin the phrase “torture porn.” He has since collaborated with Quentin Tarantino (!), and been busy producing horror films and TV projects.
In 2013, Roth completed The Green Inferno, his tribute to his favorite movie – Ruggero Deodato’s notorious 1980 Cannibal Holocaust. That film caused such a stir that director Deodato was arrested on suspicion that he actually killed his crew, and had to demonstrate scenes in court. It is still banned in parts of the world. A squabble between film distributors left Roth’s pet project in limbo, until Blumhouse Productions swooped in as saviors and here we are.
It has been eight years since Eli Roth, once hailed as one of the new visionaries of cinematic horror, made his last feature, the little-seen (and criminally underrated) Hostel: Part II. Since then he’s kept busy and stayed visible as an actor (Inglourious Basterds) and producer (The Last Exorcism). The Green Inferno, Roth’s grisly paean to the Italian cannibal flicks of the ’70s and ’80s, completed filming two years ago and was originally scheduled for a theatrical release last September. Unfortunately, financial issues with its production company resulted in an indefinite delay.
Now it appears as if Inferno may finally see a release in theaters across the U.S. courtesy of Blumhouse Productions, the company behind the successful Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises, and Universal Pictures. According to Deadline, Blumhouse’s multi-platform distribution arm BH Tilt, which was launched last year, will release The Green Inferno on about 1,000 screens later this fall along with Universal and High Top Releasing.
You can watch the latest Inferno trailer here below.
We’ve known about The Green Inferno for a while now, but most of what we’ve known was via pictures or through reports or festival reviews. Now comes the first trailer for the movie.
The Green Inferno comes from Eli Roth, who returns to the director’s chair for the first time since his 2007 sequel Hostel: Part II. He’s spent the past handful of years appearing in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and writing, acting, and producing movies like Aftershock and The Man with the Iron Fists among others.
Despite not having directed a feature film since 2007’s Hostel Part II – which I actually loved a great deal more than the original – was released to mediocre reviews and box office in the midst of a crowded summer movie line-up, Eli Roth has never been bereft of projects as producer and screenwriter to keep him busy. He’s currently at work on his first directorial gig in five years titled The Green Inferno which he co-wrote with Guillermo Amoedo. The horror thriller is a modern day take on the ultra-violent cannibal gore fests vomited forth from the Italian film industry throughout the 70s and 80s, in particular Ruggero Deodato’s grimy 1980 classic Cannibal Holocaust (the title of Roth’s movie is an reference to a film-within-a-film in Holocaust).
The movie’s production company Worldwide Entertainment has released the first still from The Green Inferno as well as the film’s plot synopsis. You can check them both out here below.