On March 24-26 the Southwest Film Center will be screening the cult horror film “Green Room” at the UNM SUB. The film is the third feature film directed by Jeremy Saulnier who has directed the 2013 thriller “Blue Ruin” and the 2007 horror-comedy “Murder Party”.
“Green Room” is the story of a punk band consisting of members Pat, Sam, Reese and Tiger, as they tour the Pacific Northwest. After a cancellation of one of their gigs, they are booked at a rural Oregon bar which panders to skinheads.
After initially receiving scorn from the audience after they perform a cover of The Dead Kennedys song “Nazi Punks F*ck Off,” they win over the audience and play a successful gig. After the show, however, things take a turn for the worse when Sam forgets her phone in the venue’s green room. Pat goes to retrieve her phone only to witness the aftermath of a stabbing of a victim known as Emily by the neo-Nazi band “Cowcatcher.”
In the succeeding events, the band gets involved with the bar employees and a gang of neo-Nazis who are trying to cover up the murder and plan to kill Pat, Sam, Reese, and Tiger to make sure there are no witnesses. What happens from there is the band’s fight to survive.
The film stars recently deceased actor Anton Yelchin, known for his portrayal of Chekov in JJ Abrams’ adaptation of Star Trek and its sequels. It also features Sir Patrick Stewart, whose reputation precedes him. The film has gotten rave reviews and holds a solid 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fans of horror, gore and violence would like the content of this film. Fans of Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin might also appreciate this film as it shows a different side of Stewart, away from his roles as Professor X in the “X-Men” franchise and Captain Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and has Yelchin without the thick Russian accent he had in “Star Trek”
“Green Room” will be playing at the SUB from March 24 to 26. Don’t miss out on this one!
Fin Martinez is the culture editor for the Daily Lobo. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @FinMartinez.