James Gunn may have exploded into the public consciousness with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but before his break in high profile adventure, he cut his teeth on horror. Slither was his directorial debut, and even before then he was writing for the genre with films like Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake. Gunn has been busy lately, putting the final touches on this this May’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but in the meantime director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) has been bringing Gunn’s horror script for The Belko Experiment to life.
The first full trailer for The Belko Experiment dropped just over a month ago, teasing a chilling tale of office workers caught in a sick deadly game. The film stars John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), John C. McGinley (Scrubs), Adria Arjona (True Detective), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Courtesy of distributors Orion and BH Tilt comes a new poster for the film (see below), featuring an employee who seems a tad distraught over being caught in the Belko office building. The poster also came with an official synopsis for the film:
“The Belko Experiement is a terrifying, provocative and at times hilarious thrill-ride that literally provokes the question; what does it take to survive at work?”
The poster’s quote, “Office Space meets Battle Royale”, was drawn from We Got This Covered‘s review of the film’s TIFF screening. Giving the film a 7/10, it’s the most favorable of the film’s current advanced reviews, which may not bode well for its overall quality. The quote may also point to what is good and problematic about the film. While it may draw on previously successful elements from notable series or movies, it may also suffer from the comparison.
Luckily, mid-to-lower-budgeted horror films seldom have difficulty making back their budget, which makes The Belko Experiment a likely success story, no matter what the critics say. This is especially true now that Gunn’s name can be used to draw in casual crowds who might normally ignore this type of horror film.
Are you sold on seeing The Belko Experiment when it hits theaters, or will you want to hear the verdict from a wider range of critics and fans before committing? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates and impressions on the film as they hit.
The Belko Experiment opens in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
Source: Orion/BH Tilt
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