Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier, whose previous two films I recently reviewed, has quickly become one of my favorite directors working today. I found his first film, Murder Party, to be a fun little horror-comedy piece that’s worth the watch, although maybe not the most memorable film I’ve seen recently. His follow-up, Blue Ruin, saw Saulnier making a foray into the revenge genre, and it’s a film I’ve gone as far as to declare a “modern American masterpiece.” Saulnier continues his hot streak by returning to the horror genre, but this time with the brutal, fast-paced, punk rock horror-thriller Green Room.
Green Room is a film that will leave you feeling dirty, exhausted, and ultimately satisfied. It’s a grimy film filled with vile characters, and it feels most comfortable when displaying scenes of maiming and mutilation. It’s also an absolute blast to sit through as you excitedly watch a hardcore punk band attempt to barely scrape by with their lives as they fight dozens of murderous neo-Nazis.