In order to review the movie Room 205, I have to start with with the DVD cover itself. In the bottemish left hand side [...] says that Room 205 is a 'Fast-paced supernatural teen slasher'. Several problems with this: None of the charecters in this movie are teenagers, more like late twenties to mid thirties. Second, to call this a slasher flick is insulting to Halloween, Friday then Thirteenth, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc. This movie is more in the class of Pulse, Rest Stop, and Boogeyman. The death scenes were okay I suppose. I actually liked how the charec ter got whoooshed back into a glass case and she bled to death. The elevator scence had been done many times. Finally, the ending was a real bummer. I am still confused as what took place. Girls gone, boys had tongue ripped out? and girl leaves? Despite all this, it was a pretty good movie for 91 minutes.
I have been looking forward to seeing "Room 205" because when I rented "The Last House in the Woods" the enveloped did not describe that film, but this film, and since that film was so bad, I figured this film had to be better. The only thing these two Ghost House Underground films have in common is that they are both dubbed, in which case "Room 205" really ends up being paired with "The Substitute" because then are both from Denmark. The original title in Danish is "Kollegiet" translates as "The College," which apparently makes Danish film fans think horror film, a premise reinforced by "The Substitute," which also taking place in a school, although that is really more of a science fiction film (apparently schools are really scary...
I really enjoy sampling the horror cinema wares of different regions and countries. More often than not, they are better than the same old paint-by-numbers films coming out of Hollywood; more than that, though, foreign horror films almost always put me in an environment I'm not fully familiar with and inject a creative element into the whole experience that branches down dark corridors I've yet to traverse. Kollegiet (Room 205) marks my first foray into Danish horror, and I must say I'm not quite sure how to approach this particular film. I want to criticize and praise it at the same time. Part of me says it wasn't all that impressive of a film, but another part of me has to acknowledge the fact that it definitely managed to get under my skin before all was said and done.
Room 205 isn't going to grab you by the lapels and shake you. In fact, it's difficult to really get into the story or characters early on. The fact that the whole atmosphere is dark, dreary, and...
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