Green Room (2015)
In my opinion, for every good horror film, you have to watch at least ten terrible ones. But with such excellent recent contributions to the genre like The Witch and The Invitation, indie horror is having a bit of a moment.
Often, indie horror shines when it focuses on the psychological rather than blood and gore. But Green Room is neither particularly deep nor overly gruesome. There is graphic violence, for sure, but the movie doesn’t revel in it. What makes Green Room exciting is how down-to-earth and gritty it is.
The story is simple enough: a broke punk band plays a show in a neo-Nazi venue, but when they accidentally walk into a murder scene, things are headed South very quickly.
Green Room is brutal and uncompromising, and what stands out is the methodical slaughter of the heroes. There are no indulgent torture scenes and the head villain (an interesting role for Patrick Stewart) is no sadistic maniac, but chillingly calculated in his approach. Green Room is a unique addition to the horror genre that shows that you don’t have to be overly experimental to stand out.
I can’t finish the review without mentioning the tragic loss of the main character’s actor, Anton Yelchin, whose gut-wrenching performance showed great promise. RIP