“Hey, Havens, why are you throwing out a clip for the new film from the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, yo?” It’s a fair question to ask. “You said you’re going to start promoting independent and foreign films!” Yep, you got that right! I am promoting an independent film here, from a long-time denizen of that wonderful circle of Dante’s Hell known as Troma Films. And you know I’m going to get up in your face when it comes to anything about Troma Films!
For those of you who might only know James Gunn from his massively popular Marvel Studios film (and its upcoming sequel), you should be aware that Gunn is just one of the many people who learned his craft under the wing of legendary indie filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman. (And if you’re reading this story on this website, you better effin’ know who Lloyd Kaufman and Troma Films are!) Gunn co-wrote the wonderfully twisted Tromeo and Juliet with Kaufman, as well as helped write Kaufman’s autobiography All I Need To Know About FILMMAKING I Learned From THE TOXIC AVENGER: The Shocking True Story of Troma Studios before striking off on his own writing studio films like Scooby Doo and Dawn of the Dead. But now that he’s got some cred in the big town, he can help get smaller movies made outside the studio system, including some sick and twisted ideas he’s got rattling around his head. And if there’s a movie that Hollywood just doesn’t make anymore, it’s a lower-budget R-rated gore fest featuring some of the better B-actors and up-and-comers around. Directed by Greg McLean of Wolf Creek fame, The Belko Experiment stars Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), John C. McKinley (Scrubs) and John Gallagher, Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane).
The Belko Experiment is a terrifying, provocative and at times hilarious thrill-ride that literally provokes the question: what does it take to survive at work?
But be careful, kiddos. The Belko Experiment is rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language including sexual references, and some drug use, so make sure to save up some extra milk money to bribe your dad to take you.
And bonus… this will be the first film released under the resurrected Orion Pictures banner. And if you don’t know who Orion Pictures was, you need to get off the internet RIGHT NOW and watch The Terminator, First Blood, Excalibur, The Hand, UHF, Amadeus, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Back to School, Three Amigos, Platoon, Robocop, Bull Durham, all of Woody Allen’s 1980s oeuvre, The Silence of the Lambs, Dances with Wolves, Cherry 2000 and a hundred other features great and horrible that made Orion the single best distributor of its day.