Eli Roth returns to Midnight Madness with a grisly update to the cannibal genre.
Eli Roth (USA, Midnight Madness)
Saturday, September 7, 11:59 p.m.
Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street East)
Monday, September 9, 1:30 p.m.
Scotiabank 13 (259 Richmond Street West)
The most disreputable of grindhouse genres, the Italian cannibal film, receives a loving homage in Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno. Justine (Lorenza Izzo) crushes out on activist leader Alejandro (Ariel Levy), who is planning a group trip to Peru to stop some forest clear-cutting that’s imperiling an uncontacted Amazon tribe. Justine joins the activists, only to be abducted along with the others by the very tribe they were protecting. Oh, and surprise: she and her friends are staying for dinner.
Diehard shock cinema fans will want to know just one thing, and the answer is yes: while not as horrific as its notorious brethren, Roth’s film does indeed deliver the goods—eyeballs, tongues, and severed limbs among them. In a concession to modern sensibilities, Roth introduces a soupçon of racial sensitivity (with mixed success), underscoring who the real cannibals are while ensuring the requisite blood and gore remain prominent on the menu. In short, you already know if you want to see this: go with your gut.