Big horror fan? I’d keep an eye on A24 this year. Not only do they have the much buzzed about movie The Witch hitting theaters in February, but then they’re following that up with Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room in April. The movie stars Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner and Joe Cole as The Ain’t Rights, a punk rock band that’s having a tough time on tour. Finally they score a gig at an isolated backwoods bar, but their attempt to make some quick cash and put themselves back on track turns into an absolute nightmare when they see something they shouldn’t and must barricade themselves inside the green room.
I got the opportunity to catch the North American premiere of Green Room at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September and the movie wound up scoring one of very few A ratings I gave out last year. The movie checks off all the familiar bloodbath boxes, but does so in fresh, new ways with characters who actually make smart decisions, and that makes their standoff with the bar owner (Patrick Stewart) especially vicious and intense. Check out the new red band Green Room trailer below. The movie hits theaters in New York and LA on April 15th and then expands on April 29th. If you couldn’t already tell, I can’t recommend the movie enough.
Here’s the official synopsis for Green Room:
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.