Membership has its privileges. In the past few weeks since establishing our partnership with Crypt TV, we’ve been able to bring you some exciting (and exclusive) content. Last week, I was able to participate in an invite-only “hangout” (via Google) with a couple cast members of the upcoming cannibal survival horror The Green Inferno (directed by Eli Roth, slated for theatrical release on September 25th).
In The Green Inferno, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss play Lars and Amy respectively, a couple of activist who get more than they bargained for on a mission of conservationism in the Amazon. The film was shot deep inside the jungles of Peru with an isolated tribe that had no concept of what a movie even was. It was there that Sabara and Bliss had to overcome some very real anxieties.
While they were never afraid of the tribe members themselves (who they describe as willing participants who enjoyed the process) there were other major jitters to wrestle with—especially for Sabara.
“Just getting over my arachnophobia was my biggest challenge,” he told the group of horror journalists. “When I worked on Spy Kids, everything was done with a green screen, but there were tarantulas everywhere in the Amazon. One time, just as Eli [Roth] shouted ‘Action!’ I looked down and saw a tarantula crawling up my leg! There were also bats everywhere.”
Bliss concurred, describing being “eaten alive”, not by cannibals, but by insects! “My face was so swollen it looked like I had leprosy. It itched and nothing helped—there was no cure. They made this balm out of mothballs and acetone, but it only worked for about 5 minutes and that was it.”
No doubt these skilled actors were able to channel these fears and physical challenges into especially authentic acting. The fact that someone fainted during a recent festival screening in France proves that The Green Inferno is, indeed, too realistic for some viewers. Check out the trailer below for a taste (pun intended) of what awaits viewers on the 25th.
Official Synopsis: A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone – and that no good deed goes unpunished.
How do you think you would fare on a film set deep in the jungle? Are you excited to see The Green Inferno on September 25th? Sound off in the Comments section!
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