Green Room is a 2015 American horror thriller film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, and produced by Neil Kopp, Victor Moyers, and Anish Savjani. The film stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Patrick Stewart and focuses on a punk band who find themselves under threat of neo-Nazi skinheads after witnessing a murder at a remote club in the Pacific Northwest.
Filming began in October 2014 in Portland, Oregon. It was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film received a limited release on April 15, 2016 before being widely released on May 13 through A24. This was Yelchin’s final film appearance to be released before his death on June 19, 2016.
Pat, Sam, Reece, and Tiger are members of a punk band “The Ain’t Rights” traveling through the Pacific Northwest. In Seaside, Oregon, they meet Tad, a local radio host who sets them up with a gig outside Portland. On his show, Tad asks the band what their “desert island” band would be, with Pat unable to decide. They arrive at the club: a neo-Nazi skinhead bar located in the remote woods. The bands jokingly open with a Dead Kennedys cover of “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”, which enrages the audience, but win them over with their original songs after.
After the show, Sam forgets her phone in the green room. Pat goes to retrieve it, but finds two of the club regulars, Werm and Amber, standing over a dead young woman, Emily, with a knife embedded in her head. Pat, Sam, Reece, and Tiger are then locked in the room by two club bouncers, Gabe and Big Justin. When Pat calls 911, he is cut off by Gabe, while the band have their phones taken away from them and are instructed to remain at gunpoint.