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!
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).
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].
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.
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!
*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.