Murder Party, Blue Ruin and Green Room. Three features directed by Jeremy Saulnier. Have you seen these films? If I may be so bold, you should. If you like gripping, whether it's slow-burn (Blue Ruin) or 85 straight minutes of intensity (Green Room), you should. Blue Ruin reminded me of Blood Simple. I shouldn't need to say more for you to go out and give it a try. So I won't. I'll focus on Green Room, which we talked about on the podcast.
After a ten to fifteen minute set up where we meet the punk band led by the late Anton Yelchin, we get into the heart of the matter. The band stumbles upon a murder in the green room at a rural white supremacist punk club, and the flick takes off from there. Patrick Stewart is super bad ass, and so are the members of the band. Most of the characters are also really smart. They are thinking ahead of the game - I really appreciate it when the characters are way ahead of me as opposed to doing super stupid shit, which a lot of horror movie victims do. Sadly, they deserve their fate. But in Green Room, we are very upset and shocked when people die. It's violent, graphic and surprising. Just like any good director should do. But Saulnier is one of the best out there. And I wait excitedly for his latest film, Hold the Dark. So should you. Peace and Love folks - Mark.