Blu-Ray Review – The Green Inferno

When it comes to horror films the more gruesome they are the more likely they are to be released directly to DVD instead of into theatres. The genre rarely gets a hard R rated film into theatres these days because studios have found that they can make more by releasing something PG-13; if it’s cheap enough even a subpar box office can make a film profitable regardless of its quality.

Eli Roth, one of the directors who came to fame during the “torture porn” phase of horror, found The Green Inferno in post production hell as it took several years for it to find its way into theatres. And audiences shrugged as the film didn’t find a commercial or critical following upon its release.

Simple premise. A group of students goes to South America to save a tribe of indigenous natives from having their lands bull dozed by civilization. There’s one slight problem with it: they’re cannibals. When their airplane crashes the group winds up in the sights of the cannibals. From there it’s a blood soaked gorefest as we wonder if anyone will survive the proceedings.

Unfortunately the gore is all the film has because Roth’s film doesn’t have much in terms of story. This is a simple set up, much like his other directorial affairs, and this is a throwback to the blood and guts type of horror film that made up the genre in the 70s. It’s not that good, of course, but if you need a fix of blood and guts horror then this is your type of film.

A commentary track and a photo gallery are included.

Universal presents . Directed by Eli Roth. Written by Eli Roth and Guillermo Amoedo. Starring Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Nicolás Martinez, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Ramón Llao, Richard Burgi. Run Time: 100 minutes Rated R. Released on DVD: 1.5.2016

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