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Old 09-23-16, 10:16 PM
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"Green Room" Reviews/Discussion - 2016 Horror Challenge: Day 14





Green Room (2015)



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These "October Horror Movie Challenge" threads are for the discussion of the films in the 31 FILM SUBSET list.

The plan is for everyone to watch this film on the October day in the thread title, and to start discussing it the morning of the following day.
You may start discussion early if you want, but the preferred plan is for this to be as much of a group exercise as possible, with all of us viewing it "together" and discussing after.

Of course, you are totally encouraged to participate in these threads even if you haven't watched the movie on the designated day.
Even if you haven't watched it in years, or are not participating in the Horror Challenge, please feel free to chime in.



Spoiler tags aren't always used in here, so if you have yet to see the film BEWARE OF POSSIBLE SPOILERS.
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Old 10-05-16, 03:16 PM
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Man. Awesome flick. Once it gets started it doesn't let go and you are on the edge of your seat for the rest of the picture. The director and writer, Jeremy Saulnier, has a massive talent for getting tension and dark humor on the screen successfully. Not many people can accomplish this and I applaud him for it.

Be sure to check out his other two films, Murder Party and Blue Ruin, if you haven't seen them yet. Murder Party is great dark comedy that deals with Halloween.

In my opinion, Blue Ruin is even slightly better than Green Room and that is high praise indeed. Blue Ruin grabs you by the throat right off and doesn't let go until the credits roll. Green Room gives you a little time to breath in the beginning.

I can't wait to see what this guy does in the future. Extremely talented.
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My favorite film of the year.
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Old 10-14-16, 10:39 AM
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Watched this during the summer. This filmmaker keeps getting better and I look forward to whatever he's got in store for next time. Anton Yelchin delivers and most of the acting is pretty great. Last half has some solid horror action and it's not overdone.
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Re: "Green Room" Reviews/Discussion - 2016 Horror Challenge: Day 14

This one has been a clear standout for the challenge this year. This was just filled with tension, and it had me wondering how in the world they were going to find their way out of this mess.

I was waiting for a bigger price drop, but I'm happy the challenge gave me the push to pick it up.
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Watched last weekend. Very tense. I enjoyed.
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For some reason, I was expecting this to be torture porn. I don't know why. But I'm glad it wasn't.

This was a great movie. One of my favorites this challenge.
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Huge disappointment. I need to watch it again, because the inaccuracy of the details was just too much for me to really enjoy what was going on. I love the premise. I love the actors. I love the story. But if you're going to put stuff in a film, make goddamn certain it's accurate. The "hardcore" / "punk" / "Nazi" elements came off as things my mom would have designed with a couple Google searches.

Please understand I love what this movie is trying to do, but the details were just not presented in a believable fashion, or at least not for those that grew up in or are still active in the punk community (both apply to me). And please nobody say the details don't matter.

A few things that distracted me from enjoying this film: Almost every band sticker looked pristine like they had just been removed from the sticker sheet, right after being purchased at Hot Topic; most of the posters and flyers looked like they were printed and pasted up the day of the shoot; the graffiti was clean and shiny; clothes were clean and most neatly pressed; even the tattoos were shiny. It's not that difficult to fix these things. Tear the stickers a bit. Rub out or age the tattoo make-up so it doesn't look like it was applied that day. Tear and wrinkle every flyer that's in the shot. Put actual dirt or grime on the walls. That was the cleanest "backwoods" club I've ever seen in my life. The bathrooms have doors for god's sake. I can't remember the last time I went to a club that had a working bathroom door.

With this director mentioning he had a band when he was younger and that he went to hardcore shows every other weekend I was expecting some more authenticity.

And YES, I may be nitpicking this thing to death, but when you put this smack dab in the middle of some of what I know best, I expect a little more effort to be authentic. When nearly every scene is dressed in a particular subculture, it's hard not to get distracted by the inaccuracies. I mentioned I need to watch it again, and I will. It's a great movie, I know all the elements minus the environment were spot on. I just need to watch and not let myself be distracted. But my point is I shouldn't have to do that. This isn't Star Wars.

All that being said, Imogen Poots acted the hell out of this movie.
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Huge disappointment. I need to watch it again, because the inaccuracy of the details was just too much for me to really enjoy what was going on. I love the premise. I love the actors. I love the story. But if you're going to put stuff in a film, make goddamn certain it's accurate. The "hardcore" / "punk" / "Nazi" elements came off as things my mom would have designed with a couple Google searches.

Please understand I love what this movie is trying to do, but the details were just not presented in a believable fashion, or at least not for those that grew up in or are still active in the punk community (both apply to me). And please nobody say the details don't matter.

A few things that distracted me from enjoying this film: Almost every band sticker looked pristine like they had just been removed from the sticker sheet, right after being purchased at Hot Topic; most of the posters and flyers looked like they were printed and pasted up the day of the shoot; the graffiti was clean and shiny; clothes were clean and most neatly pressed; even the tattoos were shiny. It's not that difficult to fix these things. Tear the stickers a bit. Rub out or age the tattoo make-up so it doesn't look like it was applied that day. Tear and wrinkle every flyer that's in the shot. Put actual dirt or grime on the walls. That was the cleanest "backwoods" club I've ever seen in my life. The bathrooms have doors for god's sake. I can't remember the last time I went to a club that had a working bathroom door.

With this director mentioning he had a band when he was younger and that he went to hardcore shows every other weekend I was expecting some more authenticity.

And YES, I may be nitpicking this thing to death, but when you put this smack dab in the middle of some of what I know best, I expect a little more effort to be authentic. When nearly every scene is dressed in a particular subculture, it's hard not to get distracted by the inaccuracies. I mentioned I need to watch it again, and I will. It's a great movie, I know all the elements minus the environment were spot on. I just need to watch and not let myself be distracted. But my point is I shouldn't have to do that. This isn't Star Wars.

All that being said, Imogen Poots acted the hell out of this movie.
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And YES, I may be nitpicking this thing to death, but when you put this smack dab in the middle of some of what I know best, I expect a little more effort to be authentic. When nearly every scene is dressed in a particular subculture, it's hard not to get distracted by the inaccuracies. I mentioned I need to watch it again, and I will. It's a great movie, I know all the elements minus the environment were spot on. I just need to watch and not let myself be distracted. But my point is I shouldn't have to do that. This isn't Star Wars.
You know best about White Supremacy Nazi band bars/clubs and what it's like at one of their camps?
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Old 10-15-16, 08:23 PM
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I enjoyed this one WAY more than I expected I would. I would have loved to have watched it twice, but as I've had some sort of stomach flu for the past few days, even getting in the one subset movie a day has been a challenge unto itself.

I'll be picking this one up real soon--it seems like it would be quite rewatchable.
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Green Room (2015)

60 horror movies every October. Beheadings, disembowlements, scalpings, I even saw a guy get split in two, yet a movie starring Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise is the one that had me covering my eyes. Green Room is about a punk band that accidentally witnesses a murder after performing at a club for nazis. The minimalist narrative is simply about them trying to get out alive as Stewart, the club owner, tries to keep the situation from escalating. This is one of the most suspenseful, tense films I've seen in recent memory.

Yelchin, Stewart, Poots, and Blair all give standout performances. What I like about Stewart's performance is that he isn't cartoonishly evil or menacing he's very matter-of-fact and has a business like precision as he tries to control the situation. Blair plays an oddly sympathetic nazi who doesn't seem prepared for the violence as things get out of control. The scene with the arm had me cringing and averting my eyes, I couldn't get it out of my head. The violence is realistic and brief, which somehow makes it more horrifying. One of the nazis looks like John Lithgow. Jeremy Saulnier is definitely a filmmaker to watch, his previous film, Blue Ruin, was equally suspenseful.
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Really dug this one. It was hard parsing through some of the 'lingo', but you got the idea. I kept on asking my wife if the room was green.... She did explain it to me near the end.

I was trying to avoid any discussion of this one before I actually saw it. The one snippet I did catch, someone alluded to torture, so I was expecting something completely different from what I got.

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Re: "Green Room" Reviews/Discussion - 2016 Horror Challenge: Day 14

Went into this completely blind, except for what I inferred from the cover art, and loved it. I get Dick's complaints, but being oblivious to that scene, everything seemed very grimy and dirty to me.

Several stellar performances, the actors really earned their pay in this one.
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I thought I made it pretty clear I liked the movie. Just the dressing was an issue.

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You know best about White Supremacy Nazi band bars/clubs and what it's like at one of their camps?
Well what you highlighted gives you the answer. "Some of what I know..." I have no idea about what goes on in their camps except what 20/20 and Dateline show me. And that helpless situation happens to bands all the time, especially broke punkers, getting stuck in a venue you don't belong trying to make gas money to the next stop. I've been to a couple of "Skinhead" shows but none of them were racially charged. Just reggae and ska and happy people. I would only go to a "Traditional" skinhead show where black skinheads are welcome and expected. But none of that happens anywhere near my current residence in NC.

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Went into this completely blind, except for what I inferred from the cover art, and loved it. I get Dick's complaints, but being oblivious to that scene, everything seemed very grimy and dirty to me.

Several stellar performances, the actors really earned their pay in this one.
The best example of getting it right is Jaws. They really dressed the details exactly how they would be, even though most of the shooting set locations were made from scratch. I've only done the island fishing scene for a few years a long time ago, and just from my experience Jaws was pretty dead on.
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The best example of getting it right is Jaws. They really dressed the details exactly how they would be, even though most of the shooting set locations were made from scratch. I've only done the island fishing scene for a few years a long time ago, and just from my experience Jaws was pretty dead on.
I'll take this as further justification of my opinion that Jaws is the greatest film of all time. But wait, that should be in today's thread.
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Next time my kid gets a cut he's getting a duck tape bandage.

Green Room is a really tense well paced gem with some stellar acting and subtle humor. However, I think it's a step down from the director's previous film (Blue Room, which is a total masterpiece). The subtle green tint to the film itself was nicely cinematic and it's wrapped in a great setting. The coverup with the initial stabbing is smart but it seems like there are some plot holes.

Why did they just let Gabe go at the end blindly trusting him to call the police? Kudos on the script for the unexpected and for showing these kids still had some humanity but this seems like an implausible turn for the Gabe character who initially kept the kids against their will - while the kids are mostly defensive there's no obvious hangups about morality and they don't seem to hesitate to mow people down at times.

It's a bit convenient that one of the defecting skinheads is sent in just in time to help the kids rather than kill them. Anton Y's arm gets shredded... but not too shredded enough to hop around machinating.

I love how mysterious the Amber character is and that the film is subtle enough with the plot that the far out scenarios never feel cartoonish. Overall a great film!
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...the inaccuracy of the details was just too much for me to really enjoy what was going on... The "hardcore" / "punk" / "Nazi" elements came off as things my mom would have designed with a couple Google searches.
At first glance I agree... what sort of 'punk' would claim their favorite band is Ozzy Osbourne? ...and the Dead Kennedys or Misfits references are the most accessibly brand of mainstream 'punk.' However, I suspect this is intention - that these aren't well immersed punks, they're 'poser' kids trying to make it on their own in the world without knowing much about what they're doing. I interpret the scene where they admit their favorite bands are Simon and Garfunkel or Prince as key to revealing this theme/'joke.' These are just naive wide eyed kids (vs extremist fringes of and adult world).
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They seemed more into partying than following a movement. Punk is supposed to be pretty political right?
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