[pullquote cite=”” type=”left, right”][amazon text=Amazon&template=carousel&chan=That Film Guy&asin=B0051ZH8CC][/pullquote] My belly is lined with Nutella and Pancakes, an error in hindsight. I am now settled in for the next hour and a half, and have just been informed this Fright Fest exclusive is really a one time only. The film has been banned, or the advertising budget has been cut, either way Eli Roth’s cannibalistic horror shall show no more. Apart from on any illegal download site/amazon?!
With this news I get even more excited, wow this is going to be horrifically bad and I am going to scare myself silly which is the aim of the game at Fright Fest. Who can shock me down to my very core? We shall see.
It’s summer in Ivy League America, where university students live in green, glorious surroundings on campuses situated within quirky and cool towns. They have more often or not incredibly wealthy families and feel the need to prove their worth, Freshmen, full of ideas and activism, wanting to make a difference in the real world as well as their university world. These young women and men want their time over the next three or four years to mean something other than 4 years + $100000 = Degree.
After taking a women’s rights class one semester, young and ambitious Justine hears shouting from her window. A campus anti-establishment activist group are petioning Janitors Health Care “ note no Janitors are taking part. Their leader, a pretentious and self-righteous idiot seeks her out, inviting her into their pack of do-gooders. Their plan “ to save a particular part of the Amazon rainforest that is about to be deforested, meaning the native tribes that live in and around the area will most likely be uprooted and left homeless or worse killed.
Justine is immediately sold on this idea, wanting to help in any way possible, beat the abuse, mutilation and fear that millions of women face across the world. A completely understandable and worthy cause to fight for; however I want to make one observation “ The Amazon is the largest tropical area of the rainforest in the world. Home to many undiscovered animals/insects and provides habitat for tribes that are untouched by western or modern world ideals. Still living in a world of their own, governed by their own rules and beliefs. Simply flying one weekend to protest against a government scheme in a notoriously questionable country is idealistic and insane.
Eli Roth, has semi returned to his Hostel-esque depravity, but less ingeniously. This time he mixes brutal horror with a teen flick, the result not so great. I expected more graphic content and a storyline rather than pretty women and childish banter. He identified that the young and idealistic American college students have no idea how the ˜real world’ works which in some instances can be very true, but seemed to forget why he was creating this version of the ˜Cannibal Holocaust‘.