A Killer Industry: A Review of ‘Greenlight’ (No Spoilers)


Editor’s Disclaimer: On February 28, 2020 We became aware of severe abuse allegations against writer Eric England who is no longer credited for this film. It is my understanding that The Horror Collective have taken measures to no longer work with England and have issued an official statement. FanGhouling as a publication firmly stands against violence and takes these allegations seriously. For the remaining cast and crew who should have their work celebrated, this review will remain live on our site, but for the victim- we felt it was important to have transparency for what has gone on.

What could possibly be more terrifying than zombies, prom queens with telekinesis, clowns, and serial killers combined? The film industry. Greenlight directed by Graham Denman and starring Chase Williamson is a meta look into the struggle of breaking into the mainstream film industry, with several high quality horror troupe twists.

Greenlight follows Jack (Williamson) on his journey to becoming a ‘serious director’ on his first feature film. Before he can step on a set Jack must battle his own demons of insecurity, his girlfriend’s in-laws, and an industry standard that isn’t kind to independent creators. The film brings up the real fears every artist’s parent- “AN ARTIST???? YOU WILL BE HOMELESS” and the fears of every artist, that they will get sat down at a family dinner just to hear “AN ARTIST???? YOU WILL BE HOMELESS.” We see Jack on jobs he considers important for his resume and experience, but not working on projects that satisfy his desire to create the art he wants to make.

Without giving up major spoilers- a dream opportunity comes to Jack in the form of Bob Moseby (Chris Browning) and a script called The Sleep Experiment that needs a worthy director. For Jack, who is desperate for validation as a legitimate filmmaker, this is the ultimate way to break into mainstream filmmaking. It shouldn’t be a shock that he jumps at the opportunity despite red flags waving a banner saying ‘if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.’

Once filming begins, the atmosphere on set of The Sleep Experiment becomes increasingly hostile, heading with the ultimate betrayal: BLACKMAIL. Jack finds himself the director of Moseby’s very own snuff film. You will have to watch for yourself to find out what happens next, but there is a reason why Greenlight has already won several awards including ‘Best Thriller Feature Film’ at Shriekfest Horror Film Festival. Helmed with an extremely talented cast including queen of horror Caroline Williams combined with a refreshing and innovative plot horror fans will not want to miss this film. Luckily you won’t have to wait long to see this meta beast for yourself. Greenlight is set for release on February 25, 2020 from The Horror Collective.


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