Yalla At The Movies: The Green Room
The Green Room takes the well-worn horror trope of a group trapped in unfamiliar territory trying to survive the malicious attentions of their attackers, but twists it a few degrees towards reality. The group – in this case a punk band – is stuck in the titular green room of an out-of-the-way neo-Nazi club, and the story focuses on the gory attempts to break free. It is not a film for the faint-hearted.
Gory though it might be, it never spills into the torture porn territory of Saw or Hostel, and paper-cut thin slices of dark humour catch the audience unawares without weakening the core tension.
Because the director, Jeremy Saulnier, never flinches from the visceral, The Green Room is firmly a horror film. A lighter touch would have placed it more in the thriller category, but a lighter touch would also have blunted the script into something mundane.
Yalla gives it a solid 3.5 / 5