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Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.
To this day, I still can hardly even believe that I saw Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno at my local theater. At a time when it seemed like every major horror release was of the paranormal/found footage variety, along came The Green Inferno in 2015, a gory-as-all-hell homage to the Italian cannibal films of the ’70s. As I sat there in my theater, watching bodies get hacked apart and eaten, I was transported back to a far different time in the genre’s history – when the shock factor was high and the blood flowed freely across the big screen.
As Stephen King so eloquently put it, The Green Inferno was “a gory throwback to the drive-in movies of my youth. Bloody, gripping, but you can’t look away.”
Sure, The Green Inferno has a handful of problems – the characters are all pretty unlikable, while the tone is all over the place – but it won me over for being the goriest celebration of exploitative violence that has found its way onto the big screen in the past several years.
In the film, a group of social activists crash land into the backyard of a cannibal tribe – ironically, the very same tribe they were trying to protect. From there, the arterial spray is heavy, but no one gets it worse than Jonah, who is first mutilated by the tribe’s female elder; she plucks out his eyeballs and cuts off his tongue, both of which, naturally, she consumes.
Another member of the tribe then brutally dismembers Jonah piece by piece, first cutting off his arms with a hatchet… followed by his legs… and then his head.