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It's been a good long while since James Gunn has had the opportunity to play around in the horror sandbox, with his last entry in the genre being 2006's Slither. Like most good champions though, Gunn has had it in him to make another trip to the genre that helped him make it big, and The Belko Experiment is the film that's given him just that opportunity. While he's only a writer/producer on this project, you can practically see his fingerprints in its first red band trailer's bloody handprints. Feel free to enjoy all the gory chaos, below.
As he has been known to do, James Gunn took to his Facebook page to drop the first look at The Belko Experiment, a project he's been talking about quite a bit over the past couple of years. The film's story takes place during a random social experiment set-up at Belko Industries, a shadowy corporation with a moderately staffed office in Columbia. It is in this office of 80 that The Belko Experiment will take place, with one rule ranking above all of the regulations HR laid down on day one: follow the orders of the mysterious voice, or possibly die anyway.
Of course, with co-workers like Tony Goldwyn, John C. McGinley, and Michael Rooker on the roster, the odds may be in the favor of a select few out of the staff of Belko Industries. That being said, presumed good guys John Gallagher Jr. and Melonie Diaz look like they're going to try and help keep as many heads level as they can before things get too out of hand. Strangely enough, The Belko Experiment feels influenced by the Saw series of films, in particular the second one where several victims are being "tested" in order to stay alive. The big difference is, naturally, that the James Gunn written film has more of a killer sense of humor to go along with the massive bloodletting that's about to occur.
Directed by Wolf Creek's Greg McLean, The Belko Experiment made its debut on the festival circuit, as the Toronto International Film Festival screened the film just a couple of months ago during its 2016 festivities. Unfortunately, for all of you folks eager to see James Gunn's horror writing skills in action again, you'll have to wait until March 17th, 2017 to partake in the bloody game that promises the ultimate promotion of all: survival.