Parents' Guide to

The Green Inferno

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Vile, insulting, incompetent, hateful cannibal movie.

Movie R 2015 100 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 18+


This movie was overly gory and unnecessarily disgusting overall. The gore was so over the top, the movie was hardly even enjoyable. It depicts an indigenous tribe as violent, cannibalistic, savage monsters. Extremely vile and insulting

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Too much violence
age 18+

Something for no one!

This is not a movie anyone should see. It is a cannibal movie and is full of violence and suffering. It is too violent to be enjoyable. There is nothing positive about it, and you should think twice before watching it.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (17):

Director Eli Roth returns to the director's chair with this vile, incompetent, dumb, hateful cannibal torture film. The movie goes wrong in so many ways, it's hard to know where to start. First, there's the atrocious acting, which isn't helped by sub-par writing or a collection of blatantly stolen movie cliches. The clumsy directing is either overly staged or consists of bad shaky-cam work. And the gore is strong, but it's freak show stuff, with no specific purpose other than to shock.

The movie's take on non-Western cultures (i.e., if it's different it must be wrong, and/or scary) is insulting; this comes from Roth's decades-old source material, the controversial Cannibal Holocaust (1980), whose working title was THE GREEN INFERNO. Finally, there's Roth's questionable treatment of his now-wife, star Izzo, whose character is tortured, bloodied, and nearly drowned. This isn't a healthy movie. Hopefully Roth's fan club will finally draw the line here.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 25, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: January 5, 2016
  • Cast: Daryl Sabara, Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy
  • Director: Eli Roth
  • Inclusion Information: Latinx actors
  • Studios: Universal Pictures, High Top Releasing
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: aberrant violence and torture, grisly disturbing images, brief graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use
  • Last updated: November 19, 2022

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