Update: The Green Inferno was released to very mixed reviews with the majority highlighting a poor script, wooden acting and some dodgy CGI. I read that the film was going straight to DVD here in the UK on 26th October 2015, however that day has arrived and it doesn’t appear to be the case. So, I’ll update this post again when I get more concrete evidence of a release date.
I’ve been following the progress of this film and its troubled release for a long time and this second trailer caught my interest way more than the third. I’m a huge fan of Cannibal Holocaust and consider it to be a visceral masterpiece so the thought of seeing a modern homage to it (forgetting the STV abomination that was Welcome to the Jungle) has piqued my interest.
I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of Roth’s previous works. I found Hostel poorly made and far too cheesy to be disturbing and Cabin Fever was just plain dull so the thought of this guy going anywhere near such a revered film didn’t excite me until I actually saw the imagery and footage. I’ll hold my hands up right now and say it looks like he’s done a decent job; from the trailers it doesn’t appear to have gone the way of shlockfest Cannibal Ferox which whilst not terrible had a slew of animal killings that were just blatant cruelty. Following 2 years in distribution hell The Green Inferno finally hit (only) one thousand US cinema screens on 25th September 2015 with poor to mediocre reviews. The majority of reviewers highlighted a weak script, under-developed characters and dodgy CGI (I’m intrigued to see how Roth has utilised CGI in this one!?!). However, one or two folks have also said it’s a fun night out as long as your expectations are low. Sadly a UK release date has yet to surface so this will likely be an import when it eventually hits R1 blu ray or that German release next April (whichever comes first!).