First Red-Band Trailer for GREEN ROOM

If there was one film I was most upset about missing at last years Toronto International Film Festival it was Green Room. It premiered on the first night I arrived in Toronto, but I wasn't aware of it at the time and after receiving rave reviews from that initial screening I unfortunately couldn't fit any of the other screening times into my schedule. Given how some of the films I did see have panned out I wish I would have seen Green Room instead, but oh well-what can you do? The good news is that A24 (a serious studio to watch if you haven't already noticed) acquired the distribution rights for the film and will be releasing it this spring. Given they also acquired the much buzzed about horror film The Witch (which I did see at TIFF, but wasn't as crazy about as I'd hoped) and are giving it a wide release in two weeks its clear why the promotional campaign for Green Room is beginning to ramp up now. About a young punk rock band who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence this first red-band trailer certainly gets across the tone of confusion and bloodshed that seem to make this horror film as hip as many have claimed it to be. What I look forward to most is seeing how the film upends many of the tropes of the horror genre while still committing to each of them. Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier who burst onto the scene a few years ago with the transfixing Blue Ruin I'm anxious to see his follow-up and if it meets the hype that has surrounded it for months now. Green Room stars Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, Joe Cole, and opens in New York and LA on April 15th before expanding on April 29th.

Synopsis: 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.

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