Film review: The Green Inferno

The Green Inferno
The Green Inferno

It’s been nearly seven years since director Eli Roth’s last wicked and wild full-length feature film was unleashed into the cinema.

Following sequel ‘Hostel 2’, the horror maestro has been busy acting (Inglourious Basterds), producing (The Last Exorcism) and writing (Aftershock).

He’s finally made it back into the director’s chair for ‘The Green Inferno’, and the lurid tale of a group students travelling to the Amazon to save the rainforest proves to be well worth the wait.

A satisfyingly slow build-up sees the wannabe eco-warriers travel out to Peru to disrupt the standard evil corporation, but things take a turn for the worse when half of them are wiped out in a plane crash.

It soon becomes clear that those who died on impact are the lucky ones, as a tribe of

cannibals capture them and swiftly make a celebratory

supper from the largest, tastiest member of the group - the unfortunately-succulent Jonah.

What follows is a blood-splattered celebration of bad taste cinema which is certain to put the strongest stomachs to the test.

The cast is led by the fantastic Lorenza Izzo (who also starred in the Roth-written ‘Aftershock’), who goes through an impressive

selection of trials and tribulations as she tries to escape back home to her privileged American college life (or any kind of life ).

In amongst the gore there’s some interesting ideas about civilisation, with a bafflingly-bad CGI big cat the only misstep in a horror to savour.