Director: Eli Roth
Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Nicolás Martínez, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Daryl Sabara, Richard Burgi
Release date: September 5
You gotta love Eli Roth's audacity. One of the industry's biggest horror advocates, the Hostel writer-director is determined to make a cannibal movie revival happen—you know, those grim and gruesome Italian exploitation flicks from the '80s with titles like Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox. But will modern-day audiences respond to a movie in which attractive youngsters get captured, caged, and literally devoured by tribal Amazonian flesh-eaters?
That's the gamble CBS Films accepted when the distribution company bought The Green Inferno after its Toronto International Film Festival in September. To Roth's credit, the guy really knows how to make a crowd-pleaser, albeit one in which cannibals get the munchies after eating a pot-smoking teen. As funny as it is visceral and graphic, The Green Inferno should, at the very least, challenge moviegoers to keep their lunches and/or dinners down while watching it. And, who knows, it could just usher in a new wave of skin-consuming cinema. —Matt Barone