10 Great Films That Already Flew Under The Radar In 2016
10. Green Room
Green Room premiered at Cannes in 2015 and was released for consumption by the masses in April this year, pulling in just $3.7 million from a budget of $5 million. Jeremy Saulnier's (Blue Ruin) horror thriller stars Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots and late Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, each chipping in with perfectly weighted performances that make this grim film hard to take your eyes off.
The plot focuses on a young punk band touring the Pacific Northwest who accept a last minute gig at a venue on the outskirts of Portland. When the band arrives to play their set they soon realise that their audience is made up entirely of neo-Nazis (led by club owner Stewart), who refuse to let them leave after they accidentally stumble across a murder backstage.
It takes a while for the violence to get going, but once it does, it never slows, reaching levels of B-movie bloodshed akin to early Peter Jackson flicks. To paint Green Room simply as a gore-fest would be to do it a disservice, however, as it has far more to offer than just cheap genre thrills.
Saulnier several delivers grisly deaths without ever moving away from his unsentimental take on the high-tension thriller, cherry-picking all the best elements of the various genres on display with the effortlessness of a much more experienced filmmaker.