[Trailer] “The Belko Experiment” (2017): James Gunn Pens a Battle Royale for the Trump Era


Many casual horror fans or super hero fans may not realize that director James Gunn, the genius behind Guardians of the Galaxy, is also an accomplished horror writer and director. He is responsible for screenplays for the Dawn of the Dead (2004) remake and the Scooby-Doo films (Scooby-Doo in 2002 and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed in 2004). His film Slither (2006) is a gruesome gore-fest that is delicious in its bloodshed and monster mayhem. In 2017, his screen play for THE BELKO EXPERIMENT hits theaters on March 17. It is time to rejoice.

The film is directed by Greg McLean, best known for the Wolf Creek films but also responsible for The Darkness (2016). The cast includes John Gallagher. Jr., Adrian Arjona, Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, Mikaela Hoover, Abraham Benrubi, David Dastmalchian, and Owain Yeoman. It also feature some James Gunn favorites: Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker. The film is brought to us by Blumhouse and Orion Pictures.

The story behind  THE BELKO EXPERIMENT centers around a building full of employees suddenly trapped in lock down unable to leave. Soon after, explosive devices implanted in their skulls begin to go off. This is just a warning as the games begin. They are directed to accomplish gruesome tasks or random people will die. But each task will ensure someone dies. The film feels reminiscent of the classic Battle Royale films but shifting its focus to the corporate world instead of students.

The grue-crew are increasingly excited about catching the latest genre offering from James Gunn and director Greg McLean. It seems we know what we are doing come March 17, 2017.

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Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.