Mmm Delicious 10 Books to Read After Watching ‘The Green Inferno’

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Mmm Delicious 10 Books to Read After Watching ‘The Green Inferno’

Mmm Delicious  : The first time I watched Cannibal Holocaust I was thirteen and living in a hotel. It was around one in the morning and my parents were out, so I was alone in the room with a laptop to keep me busy. By then, I had fulfilled my daily quota of pornography (which is a pretty impressive task considering how large such a quota is for a thirteen year-old), so I was bored and in need of something new to do. As usual, I settled on watching a horror movie. But what movie? At the time, it seemed like I had watched everything (you see, I was very dumb). I Googled around for suggestions and eventually read a few pages about this infamously disturbing video nasty called Cannibal Holocaust. It sounded promising and just the sort of thing I wasn’t supposed to be watching, so I found a website that was streaming it and got comfortable.

Now, I haven’t watched Cannibal Holocaust since that night, so my memory isn’t exactly the freshest. I do remember reading that the animal killings were real, and I wasn’t so sure how I’d react to those scenes until they came on. Well, I discovered I did not react very well at all. The whole movie fucked me up. I think I blacked a lot of it out, but I remember turning my laptop off once it was over and crawling into bed and just feeling sick to my stomach. Until Cannibal Holocaust, I thought I could handle pretty much anything. I’d plowed through The Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave with ease compared to how I dealt with Cannibal Holocaust.

So, obviously, when I heard Eli Roth made “the next Cannibal Holocaust”, I had to see it. Eli Roth isn’t always popular, but I love the dude to death, and will watch anything he puts out. Last Friday, I caught the day’s first showing at noon. Getting there this early, I was the only person in the theater, which was pleasant, because if I suddenly got sick halfway through the movie, at least nobody would be there to laugh at me. But I’m pleased to report I have a slightly stronger (aka fatter) stomach than I did at thirteen, so this was not the case!

Actually, if you’re going into Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno thinking it’s the next Cannibal Holocaust, let me stop you right there, because you’re approaching this movie from the entirely wrong angle. I am not quite sure who was in charge of marketing this movie, but they have definitely misled you. If you don’t go into The Green Inferno expecting a dark comedy, then there’s a good chance you’re going to be confused.

The Green Inferno does not give two shits about making you care for its characters. It is instead more concerned about making you hate them and root for their gruesome deaths (which can be said about a lot of horror movies). The cast of characters we have here are college students in love with the idea of activism. They decide to take things to the next level and fly out to the Amazon rainforest in an attempt to prevent an EVIL COMPANY from clearing the area and destroying the tribes currently living there. These tribes, of course, are totally into eating people, so they are quite excited when the college kids crash directly onto their dinner table.Mmm Delicious

I’m pretty sure you can guess what happens next. Except, Roth plays this in an amusing, goofy style I couldn’t help but appreciate. I went into this movie wanting to be disturbed—almost needing it—and instead I walked out of it shaking my head, thinking, “What the hell, Roth, you crazy bastard.” I didn’t hate the movie, but I won’t claim to love it, either. Any movie that allows its survivors to escape by [SPOILERS] stuffing marijuana into their dead friend’s throat and waiting for the villagers to cook her and thus get stoned [END OF SPOILERS] will always have a special place in my heart.

What The Green Inferno did do for me, however, was revitalize my interest in cannibal fiction. LitReactor doesn’t pay me to talk about movies, so I started focusing more on good books that featured cannibals. And you know what? That’s a really hard list to narrow down. But I think I’ve gathered together ten novels that won’t disappoint anybody interested in the cannibal genre. So here they are. By the way, I highly recommend reading all of these before eating. You’ll never find a more successful diet strategy.

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