"Fear will consume you" (September 5)
Cannibal Holocaust isn’t racist to me. What I got out of it is that we are all savages. The white people did way worse stuff to them than they did to us. Sometimes people get realism confused for racism. If a camera crew went down to the amazon and found a bunch of white people living in huts and eating people, everyone would be talking about how dumb the film is.
Also, that tribe in The Green Inferno has never been filmed before. They didn’t dress some POCs up. They found an actual tribe living in the jungle.
Eli Roth may not be the master of horror some people claim but I’m pretty sure he isn’t out there churning out racist propaganda.
But I’m a cishet, white, male, I’m not allowed to have opinions on things like…well, anything really.
So realism is that every tribe we see in horror films eat and kill white people? I wasn’t suggesting that the people should be white and living in the amazon - it’s more that the only horror we are getting this year are POC killing (white) people (versus being the victims or protagonists)….see also Devil’s Due.
I’m a cishet, white female and I think it’s pretty bad. I’m not saying it’s 100% appalling and should be avoided. I’m just pointing out that this is one of many examples of POC being displayed as antagonists.
It makes me think of “Hostel” and how it ended up being a commentary on racism/xenophobia rather than an exploitation of it. But I have no idea if that will be the case for “The Green Inferno”, just wondering if Roth is going in the same direction:
Usually movies like “Hostel” are not my cup of tea. However, I loved it and to explain why, I’m going to compare it to "Turistas" which I just watched and disliked. SPOILER ALERT: So both films were your ‘Boorish American tourists visit foreign country, make friends with locals only to be tricked, abducted and tortured.’ However, there are several key differences. First, “Hostel” had a musical score that made the tone fun. It was like music from a Harry Potter movie, not all grim and foreboding, but a score that evoked adventure. Granted this score wouldn’t have worked for “Turistas”, which brings me to my second point; “Hostel” had a sense of humor. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for 90 minutes. It was like a National Lampoon’s horror movie, with amusing characters and situations, like Paxton’s obsession with trying to keep his severed fingers, the gang of children that wants bubble gum, the douchey American getting psyched up for his torture session. And that’s my third point; the stereotypes about Americans and Slovakians are actually being parodied in “Hostel”. For instance, the price scale at the torture club, where you pay extra to torture Americans is a clear wink to the perception that Americans are hated the world over. It’s true, we are but not to that extreme, which makes the pricing thing funny. Second, it’s actually Paxton’s worldliness that helps him escape. Had he not spoken German, he wouldn’t have made it out of his torture session, so by breaking the American stereotype of ignorance of other cultures Paxton managed to escape death. “Turistas” didn’t follow these rules, nor did they comment on them at all, which leads me to believe the filmmakers simply didn’t understand the impact of their work. “Hostel” also manages to walk the line of providing satisfying revenge while not having a fairytale ending. It seemed to understand the idea that watching torture with no chance of escape is essentially pornography and not story. “Hostel” had much less gore than I thought it would, but still it’s a bit to stomach. All told, I’m pleasantly surprised at the film and would actually recommend it as a smart horror film to watch.