Eli Roth Casting His New Film With Amazonians Who Have Never Even Heard Of Films Or Television

The director of Hostel is going all Herzog on us.

In a new interview with Movieline, Eli Roth has talked about his upcoming cannibal movie, The Green Inferno. The project is about to start filming, just a couple of weeks from now, in a village so far up the Amazonian river that the natives needed to be told what a movie is.

We said, ‘Can we shoot here?’ and talked to them, and our producers said ‘We have to explain to them what a movie is. They’ve never seen a television, so we brought a generator and set up a television. I thought they were going to show them E.T. or The Wizard of Oz, but they showed them Cannibal Holocaust to see how much they could handle.

Holy..! And could they handle it? Well, Roth might be pulling our leg, but he says:

They thought it was a comedy… The villagers thought it was the funniest thing they’d ever seen.

And so many of the villagers will be appearing in the film, in return for a motorboat, medical supplies and school supplies.

Roth is an interesting guy, and I’m sure there will be more to The Green Inferno than flesh eating for the sake of scaremongering, not that there would be anything wrong with that, necessarily. His Hostel films remain my favourite movies about the Bush era of American foreign policy, and I’m intrigued to find out what it is he’s interested in now, and how he’s going to turn it into horror.