I thought the Hostel films reached for something interesting, even if they failed to achieve it. This doesn't even reach. It's the same formula repeated; a band of entitled & unlikable outsiders encounter a potentially dangerous foreign territory that they're too ignorant to understand. Roth aims to satirise the behaviour of the protagonists but instead demonises the indigenous "oddities." The filmmaking is terrible.
The cannibal subgenre has long been guilty of xenophobia, gratuitous violence, and the demonizing of the Other, so it stands to reason that any homage would inherit these traits. As such, there's no getting around that "Inferno" is in poor taste - but it is not without its pleasures, meager as they are, for the gorehound or student of horror, even if the film lacks the grungy verisimilitude of its Italian forebears.
This is not much Orientalism-by-the-book (the Other depicted as a primitive, savage beast) as a (completely ineffective) critique of US slacktivism, Millennials' naiveté, and snowflakes' ineptitude. A missed opportunity to launch a vitriolic attack on the horror of political correctness that pervades (North) America.
The Green Inferno is just as schlocky in presentation as Cannibal Holocaust, its predecessor, but isn't as inept in narrative. Where Cannibal Holocaust was dead serious, Roth's film is quite fun. The cannibal munchies scene is truly one for the books, proving that this is more a spoof of its sub genre than scary. It's also Roth's best full-length film so far and makes me reevaluate his career as a lampoonist.
Kinda love The Green Inferno, but it's not very good. At all. That Roth would do a contemporary update of Cannibal Holocaust for the mainstream movie market suggests laudable bad taste. But it goes further than that. He is a seriously sick individual. That is the source of the movie's not-insubstantial rewards. The more deeply twisted and 'wrong' this sort of movie is, the better. Ariel Levy is a hilarious villain.
Bloody disgusting. Depending on your taste in horror that might be praise. After collecting dust for 2 years Roth's cannibal tale finds its way to release and provides a good send up of campus 'protest culture' while paying homage to the 'classic' cannibal films of the past. Practical gore effects are well done with some dodgy cgi work as well (ant sequence). Lead Lorenza Izzo is quite good here.
Probably the goriest mainstream horror film since the "Evil Dead" remake. Really happy I got to see this on a big screen; extremely graphic, unsettling, and very tense (even all the characters are pretty decent and likable). Also loved the jabs at liberal college kids ("that's my next tattoo!").
And this may be the first film to ever feature the cast and crew's Twitter handles in the credits.