Eli Roth Talks The Green Inferno
On cannibals and directing again
By now it's safe to say that horror guru and one-time Bear Jew Eli Roth is not a scaredy-cat. With Cabin Fever, The Last Exorcism and the Hostels under his belt, perhaps it comes as no surprise that he's going big (and not going home) with his cannibalistic return to the director's chair, The Green Inferno.
Speaking exclusively to Roth about one of his other projects - namely Netflix's upcoming horror / thriller TV series Hemlock Grove - we also took the time to ask about said Inferno as well as The Last Exorcism Part 2.
Die-hard Cannibal Holocaust buffs will know that The Green Inferno was one of the English names for Cannibal Holocaust II, so some may already have guessed that Roth's film of the same name - co-written with newcomer Guillermo Amoedo - also features flesh-eating bad 'uns deep in the jungle.
The plot see student activists from comfy NYC travel to the remote forests of Peru to stage a protest but instead they discover a tribe of not-that-friendly cannibals. But this wasn't done in studios - Roth and co. saw places even David Attenborough would think twice about visiting.
"We went in the Amazon deeper than anyone has ever shot a movie before. I went so far up the river, we went to a village where they had no electricity, no running water, and they never before had seen a movie or television."
"We had to explain to them conceptually what a movie was, and we brought a television and a generator and we showed them Cannibal Holocaust. They thought it was the funniest thing that they had ever seen, but we had to know whether they were down with it to let us in their village."
"Thank God no one got killed, but there were tarantulas, there were spider bites, there were snakes. It was insane. Everybody had to get de-parasited after we got back, but the footage was incredible. I’m just editing the material right now."
Is Cannibal Holocaust representative of the film’s tone?
"No. I love Cannibal Holocaust, it’s one of my all-time favourite movies, but I really wanted to do something that was much more like a Werner Herzog movie. I wanted it to look like The New World, The Mission, or Aguirre: The Wrath of God."
The Green Inferno is earmarked for a 2014 release. Hemlock Grove will hit Netflix on April 19.