Green Room (2016)

Who is the most frightening horror movie villain? Freddy Krueger? Nah. Jason Voorhees? No way. Michael Myers? Shaa–as if! It’s actually a group of well-organized neo-Nazis.

This has got to be one of the most brutal and intense movies I’ve seen in recent years. I heard it was extreme, but I was not prepared.

A punk rock band is on the road living out of their van. After a sour gig and almost no cash, they agree to play a small club in a remote location outside Portland, OR. As the band is leaving, one of the band members (Anton Yelchin) witnesses the aftermath of a savage stabbing, which creates a problem for the club’s owner (Patrick Stewart). Things go from bad to worse to the 10th level of hell very quickly as the club owner mobilizes a small army of neo-Nazis to make the problem disappear.

While I would have liked a bit more character development, the realism and dark tone of desperation sold the story. The cast was exactly what was needed, and Anton Yelchin shines, as usual, despite a more subdued role.

This is definitely one of those movies where you see it once and you don’t ever need to see it again.

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Available to stream on Amazon Prime