Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno Off For Pre-Planned Sept. 5th Theatrical Release, GODDAMNIT!

So yeah, we heard some rumors, but decided they were too much of a drag to really be true. I mean, this movie had its world premiere LAST YEAR for Chrissake! Around this time!

So, at Deadline.com ran an exclusive report a week or so ago that said The Green Inferno‘s theatrical release was “postponed indefinitely”. Here is the story they ran.

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EXCLUSIVE: Green Inferno, the Eli Roth-directed film about student activists who travel from Gotham to save the Amazon rainforest only to be pursued by a cannibal tribe, has been taken off Open Road’s release calendar. The film was scheduled for wide release on September 5. I’m told this happened because financier Worldview Entertainment is balking at ex-CEO Christopher Woodrow’s commitment to provide the P&A.

greenSince this is Roth’s first directorial outing in six years and his budget conscious fright fare almost always scares up profits, this is almost as shocking as the subject matter and also a tasty bit of dish. I’ve confirmed from Open Road that the release date is scratched, though the distributor won’t comment further, including whether there will be a later release date or if this goes straight to video. Worldview has been going through a restructure since the abrupt and largely unexplained exit of CEO Woodrow, which Deadline revealed last June.

The company, now run by Molly Conners, put a freeze on all of Woodrow’s extravagant commitments and is scrutinizing every deal that was made. Green Inferno has been caught in that snare and is not alone; there is reportedly a lawsuit by Hoyt David Morgan, who claimed he staked $3.7 million in Worldview in exchange for exec producer credit on the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed Birdman, only to be stiffed on the  money and the credit.

eli rothWorldview is still squarely in operation, I’m told, with Conners determined to responsibly put the pieces back together. She will be in Venice to premiere Worldview pics Birdman and Manglehorn. It looks from here like the scrapping of Green Inferno from Open Road’s fall schedule has little to do with the quality of the film Roth directed, co-wrote and produced. Green Inferno was acquired by Open Road after it premiered in the Midnight Madness program at 2013 Toronto City to raucous response. It got a 77% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a stat that makes it seem like if you hunger for one incredibly violent nightmarish Amazon cannibal film this year, Green Inferno might be just for you. It got a similar reaction last week at the Fantasia festival.

canniaRoth is currently editing his latest film, the Keanu Reeves-starrer Knock Knock …[Roth] wouldn’t comment here, but he clearly likes his cannibal extravaganza, recently producing and releasing a mobile game for the movie.

I’m told that Worldview doesn’t intend to leave Roth high and dry, and behind the scenes talks are going on to try and figure this out. If that doesn’t rescue the wide release of this film, I imagine that someone will provide the P&A spend (it’s the first money to get refunded), or else another distributor will show an appetite and step to the plate for Roth’s cannibal fare.

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OK, deep breath… count to ten…

First of all we’d just like to say: Fuck Worldview and whoever is responsible for this. There was a new DVD release Tuesday and we rented it Wednesday; they had the entire Green Inferno trailer and continued to state COMING SEPTEMBER 5th.   We relaxed (and okay, were in denial at the time). By the way, all this went down last week and we managed to miss it, sorry we couldn’t spread the word to you sooner.

THEN, Movieweb.com ran a story a couple of days later. Eli Roth himself confirmed the story via Twitter. He kept his tweet short, apologetic, but vague (we’re pretty sure all this shit with the distributor mere weeks away from the release hasn’t exactly been a picnic for him, either; he’s made it very clear the movie was a labor of love).

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Here is what Brian Gallagher at Movieweb.com had to say after that bummer of a tweet:

The film, which centers on a group of college activists who find themselves hunted by a tribe of cannibals in the Amazon jungle, was initially slated for release on September 5. Former Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow had previously committed to providing publicity and advertising for the horror film, but, following his abrupt exit in June, the studio is now questioning that commitment. It isn’t clear if the film will get a later release date, or if it will only receive a straight-to-video release at this point.

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New Worldview CEO Molly Conners has put a freeze on all of Christopher Woodrow‘s reportedly “extravagant commitments” and is going through each deal once again. The production company is also facing a lawsuit from Hoyt David Morgan, who claimed he invested $3.7 million in Worldview in exchange for an executive producer credit on Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, although he never received credit or reimbursement.

It is believed that Worldview’s decision to pull The Green Inferno from its slate has nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself. As Eli Roth mentioned in his tweet, the filmmaker and the studio are working to resolve this matter, and we’ll keep you posted with any updates as we receive them.

And we at Horror Boom will also be keeping an eye out for updates. Hey, maybe we can all start a support group…

 

 

 

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Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno – Horror Boom Hunted Down Ten Trivia Tidbits To Whet Your Appetite

The movie isn’t opening for months, but we’re scouring the internet for new information several times a week. You may have heard some of these pieces of trivia (including some spoiler-ish, but you’ve got to click here to go to our Spoiler-A-Rama page to read them, so don’t worry about having surprises ruined), but we bet you haven’t heard them all – unless, of course, you were lucky enough to attend a film festival screening …or you’re as psyched up and obsessed with Eli Roth’s upcoming cannibal shocker as we are!

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1. Eli Roth announced at the world premiere that a sequel titled Beyond the Green Inferno is officially in the works. The second film will not be directed by Roth, but by Nicholas López (Aftershock)

2. The title The Green Inferno is a reference to the name of a (fictional) 16mm film-within-a film in Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust; it is also one of the alternate (but rarely used) titles of Cannibal Holocaust 2.

3.  The beautiful lead actress (actually, we’re pretty sure all the actresses in the film who play the hapless student activists are beautiful before the horrible plan crash)  in The Green Inferno,  Lorenza Izzo, also had the lead in Aftershock* (2013).

No, Eli Roth isn't IN the Green Inferno, it's Photoshopped (but still funny)

No, Eli Roth isn’t IN the Green Inferno, it’s Photoshopped (but still funny)

4. Lorenzo Izzo not only sells the hell out of her screen time, she’s a real trooper. Eli Roth said in an interview on IGN.com that she got “devoured by bugs…You’d wake up and mosquitos and ants had bitten your face. [We had to]  sleep completely covered from head-to-toe or you’d get devoured.”

5.  Eli Roth wanted the location to be as authentic as possible. When in Peru scouting locations during pre-production (in summer, for Godssake), they travelled the river until they found a village so far, far off the grid that it had no electricity, no running water, and the villagers lived in grass huts. Though the travel time to and from the set was grueling–Roth says the cast and crew would get up at 4:45 AM, lugged their equipment into Land Rovers, then boats, then up the river, then lugged everything into the village–Roth says he picked that village to shoot in because it truly looked like it was from another time.

6. The practical effects and make-up were done by Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger, AKA KNB EFX,  AKA the best, as far as we’re concerned. Even some of the mixed reviews we’ve read–the kind where you can tell a couple sentences in that the reviewer is not especially fond of horror movies– grudgingly give Nicotero and Co. their props, admitting the gore effects were flawless, realistic, and top-notch. For many of these reviewers, it seemed like these scenes were their favorite parts of the movie.

7.   Roth says that to get permission to film in the village, they film-makers had to explain to the village what a movie was, because they didn’t know and didn’t speak English, but a language called “Quechua”. He chose to get a generator and a TV out to them and show them Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust.  The villagers reaction? “[They] thought it was a comedy …the funniest thing that they’d ever seen** …they wanted to play cannibals in the movie. So we had the entire village acting in the film.” (Source: IGN)

8. Eli Roth has made it very clear whenever discussing TGI that his main inspiration was Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust, and that this movie never would have been made if it were not for Holocaust and the other movies in the genre. In this case, Roth goes above and beyond his devotion to this genre than simply pointing this out in the media. During the end credits, he goes out of his way to honor the films that inspired TGI;  he actually lists all of the films from the cannibal subgenre, complete with all of the titles they were released under and all the various aliases used by the Italian filmmakers [Source: Drew McWeeny, Hitflix.com].

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9. The average temperature during the shoot was 110 degrees. …in the shade.

10. Though Eli Roth cannot praise Cannibal Holocaust enough, he says he abhors violence to animals (and in CH, at least seven animals are murdered on-screen, which he does not condone (though he hasn’t gone out of his away to speak out against it, either,  which we wish he would).  Roth has been an animal rights supporter and PETA spokesperson for years –  see below.

Click here to see a PSA with Roth and a really cute animatronic python.

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So, no animals were harmed in the making of a grindhouse cannibal movie filmed on location -for once.

Finally, we have some Green Inferno SPOILERS! Instead of putting them in this article, where someone might stumble upon the in error, we chose to put them here on the Spoiler-A-Rama page. Click here for the spoilers... ironically, most of them were just smack-dab in the middle of mainstream reviews, no warnings, nothing.

If you haven’t seen the new full-length trailer for The Green Inferno, click here – we have it posted!

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*To this day, I don’t understand all the hate by critics and viewers for Aftershock. I went in with low expectations after seeing the 5/10 star ratings on the IMDB and some brutal reviews, but from the time the earthquake hit (yes, we shouldn’t have had to sit through 40 minutes of borderline-mumblecore character development) until the gut-punch of the final shot,  I was actively frightened, shocked by almost everything that went as horribly wrong as possible, several startlingly effective moments clearly thrown in for the horror fans, and, pardon the pun, shook up. Uneven? Fair enough. Deeper meanings? Not so much. Entertaining? Absolutely.

**This is where we’d quietly back off, get a hold of our travel agent, and arrange to book a flight home ASAP.

 

 

 

NEW: See First Full-Length HD Trailer For “The Green Inferno” – Fear Will Consume You!

Our personal favorite blurb used in this trailer is the one from Fangoria – WILL LEAVE VIEWERS STUMBLING OUT OF THE THEATER.* Now we really want to hunt down that review. But first…

Here’s the new trailer, which shows the set-up, then things going horribly wrong beginning with the plane crash (looks like there are about seven survivors out of twenty, tops), then waking up to find themselves with hands tied or in a cage, surrounded by bloodthirsty cannibals. There’s not a bunch of blood, mostly horrified reaction shots… and you do NOT want to know what that hook-claw on a stick wielded by what appears to be the tribe’s medicine woman with the elaborately painted face and extreme nose-piercing is for. Especially if you’re female. Here’s the first full-length trailer in HD, which hit the web yesterday:

This is why we (personally, that is–you want to wade around in the Amazon rainforest, be our guest, you’re braver than us) will stick to donating/signing petitions for causes we believe in from the comfort of our home, rather than actually flying there as an activist.

Here’s a bunch of screencaps; though many of them are horrified reaction shots from the characters watching… oh, let me take a wild guess… their friends being sliced up/pulled apart and eaten right in front of them. Hey, at least they have their yellow protective suits still on! Because THAT’S going to do them a lot of good. Click on any image in the mosaic for a larger version (and possibly a smart-ass caption).

We also love how the trailer starts off the first thirty seconds looking like it’s going to be a film about students trying to save the rainforest. C’mon, what’s the worst thing that could happen?

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*Though we love hearing NOTHING CAN PREPARE YOU in advertisements for messed-up movies, I guess they aren’t addressing our staff here at Horror Boom. STUMBLING OUT OF THE THEATER, now that’s actually possible.

Toronto: Eli Roth, Worldview Re-Team for ‘Green Inferno’ Sequel

Wow, that was fast.

We only need one hand to count the number of reviews online for The Green Inferno world premiere at TIFF Midnight Madness (as of this writing, anyway) and they’ve already got a deal in place for a sequel –and a great title– what, six hours after the credits rolled?

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We happened to catch this news because we’ve been up since E0513 of Breaking Bad aired Sunday evening and it took us this many hours to wind down and pretend we do NOT have to wait a week to see who survives the shootout (er, spoiler alert, retroactive) cliffhanger. Since it’s getting light out and we have to accomplish some things tomorrow today, we’ll have to post reviews for Green Inferno later (though we did Tweet a link to one). So far, the consensus among the three reviewers was 1. not enough characterization 2. a little too long to get to the action 3. sickest, goriest film yet from Eli Roth (practical effects provided by Greg Nicotero).  The last act does not disappoint — an absolute Grand Guignol (rather than torture porn; besides, there’s no duct tape in the jungle) gore extravaganza that one blog swore would NEVER get an R rating unless about ten minutes were cut. Most think it’s going to need to go to VOD because it might be too brutal even for the average theater-going horror fan. To which we say THEN BRING IT ON, BITCH!
Oops, another line from last night’s Breaking Bad episode. We still mean it, though.

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Director Ti West Aims for Mainstream With ‘Sacrament’

Variety also gave Ti West‘s found-footage horror flick a pretty positive review – click here to read their review, and check out the cool retro-look poster here.

 

The MPAA gives Roth’s Green Inferno an R rating for “aberrant violence”!

OK then! Well, this IS good news! Horror Boom SO cannot wait to see this one; lets hope we don’t have to wait till 2014. Reviews should start trickling in after the film premieres at TIFF’s Midnight Madness in early September, so keep your fingers crossed. Oh, and believe it or not, the ‘featured image’ above is not official promotional material from the press kit for Green Inferno (we do want a poster of it for our office, though).

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In perhaps the best news of the day, the MPAA has officially delivered an expected R rating to Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno. The best part? Here’s the description they gave on the rating, “aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use”. With Roth finally returning to a spot behind the camera of a feature film, you had to know he was going to come out swinging. Inspired by Cannibal Holocaust, The Green Inferno appears to be Roth’s most violent and disturbing film yet, which is saying a lot considering his body of work.

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Ti West and Eli Roth join forces for ‘The Sacrament’ — EXCLUSIVE POSTER

We gotta admit it, THAT is one awesome poster. Hope we hear more on the flick soon! Read on…

Eli Roth returns with The Green Inferno; check out some new stills!

Check THIS out! Ohhh, there is NO WAY this is going to end well for the students traveling to the jungle in an Italian cannibal flick. Another selling point: since Eli Roth is an animal rights supporter, there won’t be a bunch of actual animal killings (We don’t even want to see fake ones) like the movies Green Inferno was inspired by (Cannibal Holocaust, Make Them Die Slowly). Those sick fucks. Nope, looks like it’ll just be the characters in this one.

 

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With TIFF just around the corner, Eli Roth is currently gearing up for his cannibal tale The Green Inferno to have its world premiere at the festival. Roth hasn’t directed a feature film since 2007’s Hostel: Part II so to say the horror genre has missed his talents would be a huge understatement. As a big fan of Roth’s films, I really can’t wait to see what he has in store for us — especially when it’s a film directly inspired by one of the nastiest pieces of cinema — Cannibal Holocaust.

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Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Horns’ and Eli Roth’s ‘Green Inferno’ to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Almost Human is all well and good, but we can’t help it, we wanna see a trailer for Green Inferno NOW. Here’s the official synopsis:

How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.

Yeah, no way that is going to end well (for the students, usually most of the cannibals –the male ones, anyway–make it out OK in the old-school Italian cannibal flicks The Green Inferno was inspired by.

Ten F*cked-Up Things That Happen On Hemlock Grove (Semi-Spoiler-y)

So, we’ve watched all the Hemlock Groves episodes; in fact we were done by Saturday.*  It wasn’t memorable enough to want to write about immediately, so we’ve been making a list of ten “pros and cons” about the Netflix series (and it’ll show up) to help you decide if it’s worth watching if you’re on the fence.

These aren’t necessarily dirty due to sexual content (like the  10F-UTTH on Spartacus or the Sons of Anarchy list), but it is sort of… well… fucked-up. I left a few very nasty things out for spoiler-ish reasons and hey, if you do decide to watch it, you’ve got some twists and shockers to look forward to.

So here they are in no particular order and remember: hey, don’t look at us, we’re just documenting this!

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1. A character has their neck broken, and most of the upper body, including their entire chest area is skinless (we don’t see any farther down than that). They were flayed alive. We’re not sure if the neck-breaking (indicating they can’t feel anything from the neck down, meaning feeling no pain) happened before, after, or during the flaying. We do hear some SERIOUS agonized screaming coming from off camera when the attack starts, however.

2. Someone is buried alive (accidentally… at least that’s how it’s presented in the reveal).**

(Note: The following combo is in the transformation clip a ton of viewers have watched, and was shown at WonderCon, AND used heavily for PR by the show, so I’m not considering it a huge spoiler).

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How the hell does he transform back afterwards?

Two parter here: 3. During a grisly, painful-looking transformation into a wolf, a young man’s human eyes are pushed out from inside his skull and land on the (dirty) ground; his human teeth soon join the eyeballs.

4.-after the transformation is complete, the rags and scraps of discarded flesh left over of the young man (since he was torn apart from the inside out by the wolf literally tearing/pushing out of various areas of the body) lay steaming on the ground; the wolf  happily eats them up.

5. Early on in the series, a teenage girl (named “Brooke Bluebell”) who was viciously attacked by a wolf is discovered ripped in half. Only her nude top half is found, and she’s a shredded-up mess from midpoint-down, then everything else is missing.

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6. The girl who finds her body kisses her corpse on the mouth (she says she figured the whole thing was a prank and the bullies who are trying to scare her were hiding and watching. You’ll have to watch to find out more on that).

7. A body (just the upper half) is exhumed to further investigate cause of death (other than being separated from the lower half). This gets really really, ugly and messy –trust me, at least one person ends up vomiting all over.  KNB EFX is involved (doing the gore, not in the actual scene).

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Oh sure, it starts OUT innocently enough…

8. A gypsy girl (during a ritual) eats a rotting piece of flesh, then minutes later pukes her guts out (the flesh she ate, not her own actual guts, though that wouldn’t have surprised me by then). The camera shows that the vomit on the floor contains a live maggot.

9. During another tasteful gypsy ritual scene, a dead body is hung upside down from a tree by one leg, then decapitated (I’d have to watch the episode a second time to ascertain what exactly motivated this ritual, and if it actually achieved its purpose).

10. A young girl is revealed to have a sort of thick vestigial tail. Things get nasty when she decides on impulse to do some self-surgery to remove it.

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*Partially binge-watch, partially ‘try to get my mind off the fact that Spartacus had its series finale and there’s no new episode this Friday, and there won’t be any again’

**if you have watched Hemlock Grove (the entire series) and missed this moment, go to the Horror Boom Spoiler-A-Rama page and I’ll point out A. when it is and B. who–it’s not in-your-face ASAP or anything, almost missed it myself.

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