"Green Room" is an intense, punk rock pulse-pounder that grabs you like an attack dog and doesn't let go.
It's another excellent effort from confident indie filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier, whose "Blue Ruin" was a brilliantly take on the revenge genre. In "Green Room," he's taking a literal stab at horror. But there's no need for supernatural shocks. The real horror is the depths of depravity and hatred.
Saulnier introduces us to a touring band - pretentious punk rockers who take a gig at a backwoods bar populated by jack-booted skinheads. When the band stumbles on shocking violence in the backstage green room they weren't meant to see, these posers start to learn what hardcore really is.
The skinheads, lead by a chilling Patrick Stewart, decide they can't let these kids escape and what ensues is a claustrophobic thriller and a battle of wit and will.
As the green room starts getting spattered red, the violence is shocking and the camera unflinching. Saulnier infuses notes of "Evil Dead," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and even "Die Hard" into this cocktail of carnage - which is to say, we've seen this kind of thing before, but it's still done very well here.
Even though there are some conveniences in the plot that bothered me, the cast is top-notch. The standout is Macon Blair from "Blue Ruin" returning as the conflicted club manager.
Along with the cast, the soundtrack and shooting are also pitch perfect. If you're into this kinda movie, you can't do much better.