If you have your ear to the ground of independant cinema, you may well have heard of, or indeed even seen Green Room. First appearing at Cannes last year, Jeremey Saulmer’s follow up to the well received Blue Ruin is due for a wider release within the next week. Already receiving a fair amount of critical praise as a neuveau horror flick, Green Room is potentially a rare creation in modern cinema, a watchable, interesting, maybe even insightful type of horror movie.
From the trailer, what we seem to have is a punk band, who like most wannabe musical revolutionaries, mock cultural and political viewpoints to appear anarchic until they accidentally stumble backstage on a white supremicist faction standing over a desceased female. Where the punk rockers pay satirical homage, the skinheads actually whole heartedly believe in these cultural and political values, so needless to say the action follows on from these contrasting viewpoints.
If this unfortunately ironic turn of events isn’t enough to convince you of the fall into a chaotic hallucigenic nightmare, throw into the mix Captain Jean Luke Picard and Pavel Checkov from two generations of Star Trek and the film pretty much replicates the proverbial balls to the wall mind screw.
One main thing I noted from the trailer was the sort of green filter that defines the visual aesthetic. Obviously this has direct ties to the title, but it seems the toxic lens could hold relevence to the defiant generation x subway cyber punk world, with the films focus shifting onto adolescent disfunction and disillusionment – that or a hint that the horror about to unfold in the film’s narrative is of nuclear, radioactive proportions.
All in all, Green Room definitely appears to be worth a watch – if not only for Patrick Stewart’s Bray Wyatt impersonation. Follow the buzzards.