Green Room is by far one of the best films of 2016, and you probably have never seen or even heard about it…yet. The film starts off with an indie punk band called the Ain’t Rights which includes bassist Pat (a superb Anton Yelchin), singer Tiger (Callum Turner), guitarist Sam (Alia Shawkat) and drummer Reece (Joe Cole). After accepting a surprise gig in the middle of nowhere (Oregon to be exact) the band finds out that the audience they are playing for is much more sinister than anything they could have expected. They also find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and are witness to something in the club that may very well cost them their lives.
Directed and written by Jeremy Saulnier, Green Room is quick to the point and moves seamlessly from scene to scene with the fear ration mounting without wasting a moment of screen time.
This amateur punk band ends up fighting for their lives against a group of skinhead maniacs who will go to unspeakable lengths to make sure what happens in the roadhouse stays in the roadhouse. Legendary actor Patrick Stewart surprisingly stars as the neo-nazi nut case that owns the venue where the group of musicians are trapped in as they fight to escape.
Gruesome and shocking from start to finish this movie is the ultimate game of cat and mouse that walks a fine line between being a horror film and a suspenseful action packed thriller.
Each scene streams so flawlessly into the next that the audience will surely find themselves holding their collective breath, shutting their eyes tight or at the very least trying to figure out how the stranded musicians will ever escape.
Filled with action and violence, this film will leave audiences entertained, disgusted and enthralled which is something that needs to happen in more box office horror films. Green Room proves that even in the day and age of haunted houses, creepy kids and found footage paranormal films all you really need to shock audiences is a killer cast, a villain that audiences will absolutely detest and a remote location without the help of any props, tricks or graphics to make one hell of a film.
-Felicia Mancini, writing for A Girl’s Guide to Horror