When you combine a group of unsuspecting college kids with a cannibalistic tribe in the Amazon, you’re bound to be in for a scary movie, right? The Green Inferno sees Eli Roth (Hostel) return to directing, but his efforts become misguided and fall short of this film’s huge potential. With horrid dialogue, mediocre actors, and a severe lack of scares, The Green Inferno wasn’t worth the hassle of distributing and should’ve gone to VOD.
“A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discover that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished.” -IMDb
I have to admit: I drank the Kool-aid. The trailers reeled me in, and that is saying something. Personally, I am not a fan of the horror genre. Not because I’m a scaredy-cat, but because of what the genre has become. Horror films, in my opinion, are filled with jump scares, cliché characters, and predictable storylines. I mean, come on, we’re rebooting old horror franchises because the film industry has yet to produce another mythic killer for this generation!
Needless to say, at this point, I did not like The Green Inferno. For starters, the acting was terrible. Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, and Sky Ferreira, among others, just can’t act. Part of their bland performances come from the dialogue, which is a travesty of its own. Ferreira, in particular, portrays a stock character (sassy roommate), but she still couldn’t convince me in her scenes. And Levy’s accent just ruined his acting from the beginning.
To add insult to injury, the film’s tone was all over the place. On one hand you have the characters dealing with the cannibalistic tribe, on the other hand you have Eli Roth making bathroom jokes… what? The horror comedy elements of The Green Inferno just didn’t work, like, at all. Not to mention, the film was hardly scary. Sure, the scenes where the tribe is hacking the students to pieces is (somewhat) disturbing to watch, it really wasn’t as bad as I was thinking. The cannibalism is offset by the cheap laughs and bad story.
Am I wrong about this film or the horror genre as a whole? Tell me in the comments.