Eli Roth on the Italian Cannibal Films that Inspired THE GREEN INFERNO
Eli Roth brought Umberto Lenzi's 1981 film Cannibal Ferox to the TIFF Bell Lightbox in July 2012 and sat for a hearty Q&A moderated by Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes. Use the following links to hear that Q&A, which includes Roth's thoughts on several of the Italian cannibal classics that inspired Midnight Madness 2013 world premiere The Green Inferno: Q&A Part 1 and Q&A Part 2. Credit to YouTube user TheHorrorSection.
If you want to test your stomach before the world premiere of The Green Inferno, seek out Cannibal Ferox (if you're intrigued by the film's alternate title Make Them Die Slowly, you won't be disappointed) as well as the other films Roth discusses. Just one note of warning: These movies are sick. Seriously.
Mountain of the Cannibal God, a.k.a. Slave of the Cannibal God (dir. Sergio Martino, 1978) is plenty gross, but not quite as disturbing as later Italian cannibal offerings mainly because it has actors you'll recognize (Stacey Keach and Ursula Andress). May be a good place to start.
On the other hand, Cannibal Holocaust (dir. Ruggero Deodato, 1980) is the Mother of All Cannibal Films and one of the most disturbing films of any kind ever made. Deodato was famously required to have his actors appear in court in order to prove that he hadn't made a snuff film. Note: The film-within-the-film that the characters are making is called The Green Inferno.
THE GREEN INFERNO screening times:
Sat., Sept. 7th, 11:59PM, RYERSON
Mon., Sept. 9th, 1:30 PM, SCOTIABANK 13