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The Belko Experiment

  • 2016
  • R
  • 88min
  • 54%
  • 6.1 / 10

Belko is a fictional staffing company found in a remote rural area in Columbia. A mysterious voice sounds out in the office building, instructing the employees to kill a number of their co-workers, or a number of them will be executed. The film follows the Belko employees as they navigate the violence that ensues

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From director Greg McLean, the horrors in The Belko Experiment is a visualization of the horror of corporate culture. The violence that is forced upon the Belko employees are reminiscent of the inhumane decisions that real-life corporate workers are subject to. The scenes of gun violence is symbolic of layoffs. Horror movies are not only novelties created to frighten cinema audiences, but they are instrumental in actualizing people’s hidden fears and desires. Zombie movies are actually a way to open the discussion about death, decay, and the human condition. George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is actually a commentary on consumerism, apparent in the setting of the film being a shopping mall. Political issues are even brought up in thrillers. A common trope is that of home invasion. The allegory involved in films that involve this trope is that the home is powerful and impenetrable. How this translates onto audiences’ fears is that a home invasion is reflective of their issues with foreigners or immigrants who they feel are unwelcome in their nation states, and they see these as invasion on their home front. Though problematic due to its unsettling depictions, the horror movie genre has the capability to be a coping mechanism for society’s collective fears and anxieties about terrorism, old age, sickness, and the End of Days.


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The Belko Experiment, directed by Greg McLean, and written by James Gunn, is a horror and thriller film, that premiered on March 17, 2017. John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley and Melonie Diaz star in the movie. The film was somewhat successful, earning $11 million from its $5 million budget.