As his upcoming cannibalism film The Green Inferno is currently in pre-production, Eli Roth and a small crew traveled to a remote village along the Amazon River that has "no electricity, no running water, nothing," to prep for the film. A village so remote, Roth told Movieline, that none of the locals had ever seen a film in their lives.
"We said, 'Can we shoot here?' and talked to them, and our producers said 'We have to explain to them what a movie is. They’ve never seen a television,'" He explained. So, in an effort to do their duty and spread the magic of film around the world, Roth and his crew brought a generator and set up a television to screen something on. Their film of choice, Roth?
"I thought they were going to show them E.T. or The Wizard of Oz," Roth continued, "but they showed them Cannibal Holocaust to see how much they could handle." If you're not aware, Cannibal Holocaust is a 1980 Italian film that was one of the first to utilize the now-popular "found footage" style of narrative, and it's gory as hell, so much so that the director, Ruggero Deodato, was brought up on obscenity and murder charges because authorities thought it was a real, straight-up snuff film.
The villagers, apparently, did not. "The villagers thought it was the funniest thing they’d ever seen," Roth revealed. "They thought it was a comedy!" It was by screening the film for the villagers that Roth selected 200 of them to appear as extras in his film, which will begin filming in two weeks.
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