Last Friday me and the Mr were invited out to the Electric Cinema in Birmingham City centre to watch Green Room on the opening day. A great day for the release of any kind of horror/thriller as it was Friday 13th! Some clever marketing going down there. We hadn't been to the cinema in so long so was excited to go see a film on the big screen again. The electric is the oldest cinema in the UK and is a great place to go if like us you're not a fan of crowded films full of annoying popcorn chucking teenagers. You can also grab yourself a drink and even get a sofa seat if you upgrade your ticket.
We had already heard about Green Room over at ETC news if you haven't checked out cheeky Elliot and Eager Ricky's full packed entertainment news it is always a good and informative watch. We caught an interview with the ever humble Patrick Stewart talking about his experiences making a very different film from his usual Sci-fi bread and butter. If someone had told me that Patrick Steward would be playing a Skinhead in a thriller turned horror film I may not have believed you. Being a fan of skinhead culture and the films that have come with it such as This Is England, Romper Stomper and American History X, I wondered what angle this film would take.
The film revolves a young American punk band who are on a tour and stumble upon a gig at a bit of a dubious place but being strapped for cash and needing money to get to the next venue they take the offer. Things don't go completely to plan and a bad gig turns into a life or death situation. For punk fans there are some extra in jokes and seeing a film around this culture in today's world makes me feel all nostalgic. If you are not a fan of the music it is a window into what the scene can sometimes be like....well at least the gig bits.
The suspense is built up and there are moments where you will find yourself really holding your breath. Putting you right in the Dr Martens of the action you feel like you are the secret member of the band just trying to get away. The violence is very raw and real without being mindless gore but prepare to grit your teeth at some scenes. Do the band make it home? You are going to have to watch it yourself.
Patrick Steward didn't blow me away but he also didn't seem out of place his deceptively soothing distinctive voice was much at home adding to suspense in some scenes. You also find Alia Shawkat from arrested development (also the new pee wee film) seems born to play the role. If you haven't seen 13 sins yet check that out as the lead Mark Webber makes a shaven head appearance.
Foxy's Fright club give it a stomping 8/10