The director of Cabin Fever and Hostel–that being Eli Roth–has learned that his cannibal tribe flick The Green Inferno won’t be seen in theaters this September. The movie’s release has been put on indefinite hold, and there’s a chance it may never be screened in theaters. Which would make a pretty good exploitation campaign.
In truth, however, the dispute has to do with the movie’s funding and a dispute over the movie’s financing. Worldview Entertainment, the company that financed Roth’s film, lost its CEO last June for unknown reasons and the new boss put a hold on just about every deal and check the outgoing CEO signed including the ones for The Green Inferno. The distributor Open Road planned to cover the costs of releasing Roth’s movie in theaters but without support from Worldview, they had to cancel the release date leaving its ultimate release in limbo.
Now there’s a chance that Green Inferno may not get a theater distribution deal and could end up just going straight to video–which would be a major blow to Roth, who hasn’t had a mainstream horror film released in theaters as a director in almost six years.
It’s a shame because it seemed to have some real potential to scare up an audience.Green Inferno got a lot of early buzz and some glowing early reviews and that’s not easy to do with a horror movie of any kind, especially one about a tribe of cannibals who eat a group of student activists. Roth also worked really hard to make his movie look slick and authentic. He and his crew actually went to Peru and made contact with a native tribe living deep in the jungle to play the cannibalistic natives in his film. Here is the latest trailer for the film…
Roth’s movie was partly inspired by the 1980 cult classic Cannibal Holocaust that attracted a huge audience by becoming one of those films advertised as one that the theaters wouldn’t let you see. We need another one of those kinds of movies. We really haven’t had a “too scary to be seen” film since the first Paranormal Activity became a certified phenomenon that Hollywood could run into the ground with an endless series of sequels.