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Green Room

  • Starring: Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart
  • Director: Jeremy Saulnier
  • Genre(s): Thriller, Horror, Crime
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 95 min.

Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Patrick Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown. [A24]

"It doesn't take a big budget and loads of special effects to create a genuinely scary movie. It just takes - as writer/director Jeremy Saulnier ably demonstrates in Green Room - an intriguing premise, a taut, sinewy script and a solid cast."
- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"[Director] Saulnier elevates the ordinary into a tense game of punk rock cat-and-mouse that's only leavened slightly by a dark sense of humor."
- Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"A shabby white-power outpost in the Oregon boondocks becomes a grim last stand for a nomadic band of college-age punk rockers in the demonically gripping Green Room."
- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"The film's "punk versus skinheads" hook gives it the quality of a blood-spattered graphic novel, but there's a sophistication to the writing and direction that transcends brute conflict."
- Scott Tobias, NPR
"Green Room is way more than crass exploitation. It's a B movie with an art-house core."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An exciting, splattery, funny genre movie that somehow never once feels disposable."
- Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"The cinematography, the set design, the all-important soundtrack, the editing: all first-rate. This is one smart chiller."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"A riotous, rough-hewn and rousing punk reinvention of ’70s-style grindhouse exploitation-with-a-brain-cinema."
- Kim Newman, Empire
"A ferocious, bloody, primal and pitiless gut-punch of a movie."
- Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Scary and funny by turns, Green Room has the potential to become a cult hit, with a genuine midnight movie appeal, and furthers the growing reputation of this young director."
- John Bleasdale, CineVue