Curb-stomping the horror genre!
Stan Lee gets all the credit for being one of the busiest old dudes in Hollywood, but I’d argue for Patrick Stewart, star of Star Trek, X-Men, Christmas Carol… well, let’s just forget that one. His newest feature-length project is Green Room, written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), and starring Anton Yelchin (Fright Night), Imogen Poots (Need for Speed), and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development).
Punk rock and horror have gone hand in hand since Return of the Living Dead, but neo Nazis….? Not so much, until now. A traveling punk band takes a last-minute gig in a secluded northeastern town at a small bar run by Patrick Stewart — that is also a clubhouse for a band of red shoelace-wearing skinheads. After the gig, they accidentally stumble onto a murder in the bar’s green room and are faced with a decision: stay locked in and possibly die, or fight their way out… and most likely still die very badly.
Excellent writing, great acting, original set pieces, and some truly brutal special effects make this one of the best horror/thriller films I’ve seen since Wolf Creek. Patrick Stewart is perfect as the head of the skinhead gang and eases into his villain role perfectly, portraying a believable, menacing character that reminded me of a subdued Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast. Anton Yelchin is equally great as the spokesperson negotiator for the group and comedic relief when you least expect it — why he isn’t in more big budget projects? Rounding out this film are some truly authentic looking skins that create instant tension every time they are on screen, and inject some serious energy that puts Russell Crow’s Romper Stomper to shame.
If you’re looking for a horror film that actually has logical, thinking characters, and honest-to-god tension, then look no further. Also look for a cameo by grown-up Snow Day star Mark Webber, who steals the show during one of the films more surprising moments. Let me know what you thought about the film in the comments below. What’s your desert island band?
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