Today’s a day for catching up on first looks (since nothing much else is happening), and in this case we have a glimpse at Eli Roth’s return to the big screen after dallying about since Hostel II. The picture also comes with a new, more direct synopsis:
A group of student activists from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.
Who better to dig back into the world of mondo films than Eli Roth, who apparently did it old school, Jacopetti & Prosperi style, by recruiting the local peruvian natives to star in the film! One hopes it didn’t come with the naked exploitation and generally reprehensible behavior of those particular filmmakers, but leave it to Eli Roth to not only use actual natives, but screen Cannibal Holocaust for them as a recruiting tool (that’s what he told Jen Yamato at Movieline anyway). In fact, he apparently went so deep in the jungle he was the first filmmaker to trod the area since Herzog made the (amazing) Aguirre, and his screening marked the first film any of the tribal natives had seen in their lives.
Cool trivia, and hopefully the sort of detail and hard work that promises a good, terrifying cannibal film like we haven’t had in a good while. We’ll find out once someone picks this up and sets a date.
Source | Indiewire