Forget All Of Your Expectations On This Film or What You Think You Know Based On The Trailer You've Seen! Go in with a clear head and ready to go on an intense ride!
Eli Roth has said that this movie was inspired by Occupy Wallstreet, where kids latch on to causes they don't necessarily know much about or care that much about, but mainly support it because it's trendy and because they want to look like they care. On the other hand, when you watch this film, and if you're a film scholar or cinephile, there's no denying that this picture was HEAVILY influenced by Ruggero Deodato's 1980 controversial film, "Cannibal Holocaust", though the plot is in fact altered.
Eli, Nicolas Lopez (who had already worked with Eli once before on his own horror film entitled "Aftershock", a picture you should definitely check out), and Guillermo Amoedo, have all managed to write and craft a story that not only horrifies and rattles you to your core, but one that is also thought provoking! The gore, guts and blood are all clearly present and in your face, but if you're paying attention to what's going on, you cannot escape thinking about the meaning of what's going on, whose moral compass is pointing due north, who's good, who's bad, and what the story is trying to say. When survival is at stake, the most seemingly passionate, caring person will show you their true colors. And that is something the story/film explores.
For me, it wasn't just a movie about a group of college student activists who fall into the wrong place, at the wrong time and one by one get butchered and fall victim to cannibalism by an indigenous Amazonian tribe (which by the way, is in fact a REAL tribe that Eli Roth found while location scouting), you Know exactly what's coming, it should come to no surprise when the violence arrives. But I feel the movie is a commentary on the clashing of cultures.
As I mentioned, Eli Roth, while location scouting came upon a real Amazonian tribe. And they were completely cut off from the rest of the world. It is said that Eli had to conceptually describe to them what a movie was. He wanted them to be in the movie. So he showed them what a movie was, and the film he showed them was Cannibal Holocaust. What goes to show you how different our cultures are is that the tribe thought they were watching a comedy, and they started laughing. Can you imagine? A motion picture that shocked the world, that caused controversy, and on top of everything almost had its director, Ruggero Deodato landed in jail on suspicion of actually having his cast killed off because the film looked so real; and here this tribe is laughing at the picture and figured it for a comedy.
At first while watching the film I began questioning, "Why such quick cuts on the moments of gore and violence?" And as the film went on I thought, "Of course! Why stay so long on the gore? We get it! We get what's happening, I want to see what happens next!" - Well done on the editing and pacing! The make up effects, man! KNB takes the cake once again! They never fail that providing you with extremely strong and realistic visuals! Ones that make your skin crawl, stomach churn, and heart beat faster! The Cast, you got to hand it to them for personifying fear, and a whole buffet of emotions in the face of death! Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Magda Apanowicz, Ignacia Allamand, Daryl Sabara, Nicolas Martinez and Matias Lopez - This group all had amazing chemistry that really leapt off the screen, and their fears were all so tangible and convincing! All different personalities, all meshed incredibly well together!
Eli Roth has this thing about horror and comedy. He understands there must be some kind of release instead of screams. Because let's face it, not everyone reacts to horror in the same way. While most do let out shrieks or screams, others tend to laugh. And if you understand horror cinema, you'll understand that laughter and humor is an important release. Which is something that is talked about in the actual film itself by the antagonist of the story. What they're doing is thought of as disgusting to the other characters, they see it as a form of release in the face of horror. Same argument could be made in real life - Something horrifying or terrifying happens, and while most people would be screaming or trembling, there are others who would start to laugh or find humor to cope with what's happening and find that release. Eli Roth does well in finding that balance between the humor and horror. Whether that humor is absurd, disturbing, or just outright silly!
If I've tried to do anything with this review is to intrigue you enough to want to see it, but never actually giving any details or spoilers away. I'm discussing the basics and giving you my thoughts and feelings on the movie because I want you to give it a chance, and not just dismiss it as another horror flick. If you're in it for the horror, you'll definitely get that, and if you're in it to hopefully get something more out of it, like a story that poses questions or a character study, you'll get that as well! It's fun, it's bloody and thought provoking (in my eyes)! See it and decide for yourself!
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by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"