Sunday, April 10, 2016

GREEN ROOM Coming to Theaters Nationwide April 29th

"Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier set out to create a John Carpenter-influenced, gore-filled horror film as his follow up to the highly regarded thriller BLUE RUIN and by all accounts has delivered in spades!"

When you open a PR email and read this sentence you have to take notice. Blue Ruin was just a great flick, so I'm excited to see the next works from Jeremy Saulnier for that reason. Then the rep invokes John Carpenter and gore. I pretty much have to believe that if this isn't overhyping, this will be the movie of the year. I love that modern independent filmmakers are overtly paying homage to some of the greats from the 70's and 80's. I love that the media is picking up on just how much we adore the works of John Carpenter and George Romero and Tobe Hooper and Wes Craven and actually making reference to those filmmakers in their effort to sell films to us. So let's hope this is the real deal here. 

Oh and about that gore... if I get a bucket of pixels in my lap rather than some gooey Karo or reasonable sludgy substitute, I'm going to be very put out. I saw real fake blood in the trailer. That's a start.

The cast looks very strong as well with none other than Patrick Stewart headlining this bill with Anton Yelchin (ever the Horror boy lately) along with Imogen Poots.  The music sounds awesome and I do enjoy the artwork. A24 doesn't generally let us down, so take this post as a way to de-hype the movie so that perhaps... can enjoy it even more than you might have. 

Check out the trailer below and see what you think. Should we prepare for the great JC? John Carpenter, Jesus Christ or Jim Carey?

GREEN ROOM opens in NY/LA on April 15 and nationwide on April 29.

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Synopsis: GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. 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 (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. Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, Green Room is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that's completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy-elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable.

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