When the members of a punk band are forced to perform at a skinheads club they accidentally witness a horrific murder, and become targeted by the gang who wish to eliminate all evidence of a crime. Can they escape with their lives intact?
Terrifying and thrilling, this tale of terror traces the trials of Pat (Anton Yelchin), Sam (Alia Shawkat), Reece (Joe Cole) and Tiger (Callum Turner), who are members of a popular punk band, the Ain't Rights, travelling through the Pacific Northwest.
After their gig is cancelled, local radio host Tad (David W. Thompson) arranges a show through his cousin, Daniel (Mark Webber), at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar in the woods outside Portland. After the show, Pat returns to the green room to retrieve Sam's phone and sees the body of a girl, Emily (Taylor Tunes), who has been stabbed to death by a neo-Nazi.
Pat calls the police, but bar employees Gabe (Macon Blair) and Big Justin (Eric Edelstein) confiscate the band's phones and hold them hostage in the green room. Gabe pays a skinhead to stab another to create a cover story for the police who respond to the call. He consults with bar owner and skinhead leader Darcy (Patrick Stewart), who decides to kill the band to eliminate witnesses.
The band overpowers Big Justin and hold him hostage, taking a boxcutter from his pocket and his gun. Searching for a way out, the band discover an underground drug lab, but the only exit is locked from the outside. Arming themselves with improvised weapons, they exit the green room into the empty club, but are attacked by a dog, which kills Tiger. Will any of the band members succeed in escaping from the green room with their lives intact?
Patrick Stewart said in an interview that when he received the script at his country home in England, it was so terrifying that he locked up his house, turned on the security system and poured himself a Scotch. He then knew that he wanted to play the Darcy Banker role because a character that horrifying would be an incredible challenge and make for a compelling film
Alia Shawkat and Anton Yelchin were also in The Driftless Area (2015) together
The third collaboration between Director Jeremy Saulnier and actor Macon Blair. The pair previously worked together in Blue Ruin (2013) and Murder Party
During a 2015 Q&A at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX; Jeremy Saulnier confirmed that while his last two films had colors in the titles- Blue Ruin (2013) and Green Room (2016), he wasn't really working with color as a theme. Rather, Saulnier joked, Green Room was part of his "inept protagonist trilogy" wherein the protagonists are in over their heads and trying to survive using skills they don't really have. This theme is present in both Blue Ruin and Murder Party
Jeremy Saulnier wanted to make this film partly because as his career advanced, he knew he would not be offered the chance to make a film as ultra-violent and bleak as "Green Room" and that no novice filmmaker would be given the chance to direct it either. He felt that after the success of "Blue Ruin" the time was right to take on a film as demanding as "Green Room
The stance of the machete wielder in the poster references The Clash's "London Calling" album cover with bassist Paul Simonon smashing a guitar.
Alia and Anton were also in "The Driftless Area"
Jeremy Saulnier's follow-up to his 2013 film "Blue Ruin".
Jeremy Saulnier wanted to make this film partly because as his career advanced, he knew he would not be offered the chance to make a film as ultraviolent and bleak as "Green Room" and that no novice filmmaker would be given the chance to direct it either. He felt that after the success of his directorial debut "Blue Ruin" the time was right to take on a film as demanding as "Green Room."
This is the second collaboration between Imogen Poots and Anton Yelchin. Their first movie together was Fright Night (2011).
Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart are both veterans of the Star Trek series. Yelchin plays Pavel Chekov while Stewart played Jean-Luc Picard.
Principal photography began in October 2014 in Portland, Oregon
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