Written by: Ron Cotton on June 6th, 2006
Release Dates: USA, 2005
Director: Mike Hurst
Cast: Christine Taylor, Shane Brolley, Mary Pat Gleason, Chloe Moretz, Ellie Cornell and Jerry O’Connell
DVD released: JUne 6th, 2006
Approximate running time: 94 mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Enhanced for 16×9 TVs
Sound: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
DVD Release: Anchor Bay
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Amy (Christine Taylor) is a schoolteacher disturbed by a haunting past that never dies. Amy’s boyfriend, Nick (Shane Brolley) looks past her scars and loves unconditionally. Yet Nick fails at proposing to her. Defiant, Nick boils to an argument as another vehicle speeds through an intersection. After the wreckage, Nick becomes a casualty and at that moment everything changes. A questionable Ambulance carries him off, offering no leads as to where they might be taking him. Amy befriends Lucas (Jerry O’Connell) as she soon discovers that finding the hospital will be no easy task. Amy sanity falls off the deep end as Nick unfolds the mysteries of St. Rosemary’s Hospital.
Room 6 is best defined as psychological thriller with a wide audience appeal. Fans of bloodbaths and heavy gore will be sadly disappointed with Room 6, expecting more at every turn. The story vacillates from realistic to unbelievable for good reason. All things will be understood in due time. What makes Room 6 memorable is it’s opening scene, just as the film Scream. Room 6 stands out when this scene is later capitalized on in the film again, adding suspense to the film even if you know the consequence. Quite effective and chilling storytelling.
The casting of this film was befitting to every role and the chemistry of the cast was superb. Christine Taylor is the teacher whose dreams become reality ans she transforms into an emotional roller coaster ride that goes everywhere from calm to terrorized. Jerry O’Connell’s role in Room 6 was nothing short of amusing and viewers will find his plotting admirable. Mary Pat Gleason performance as Nurse Holiday was chilling to the bone and has received my vote as one of the scariest nurse on screen.
The transfer of this film is clean and the colors are defined, yet tend towards darker colors as expected from a film of the horror genre. The sound is crisp without defect. The background music has all the earmarkings of every other horror movie, violins and rising crescendos, nothing really out of the ordinary.
Anchor Bay included some sneak previews of Masters of Horror, Demon Hunter, It Waits, and The Fallen Ones. Audio Commentary with Mike Hurst and Mark A. Altman jumps quick out of the gate with facts and background of Room 6. Mark Altman is chatty at the start while as the film progresses Mike Hurst adds his own opinions on the film.
The full lengthed feature: Hospital from Hell weighing in at 41 minutes pulls all the stops at detailing the backdrop of Room 6. Not only containing film clips and behind the scenes footage, it includes Mike Hurst, Mark Altman, Raymond Stella, Robert Hall discussing everything from the Make-up work, the stunts and even the bloopers.
The Theatrical Trailer runs for about 2 minutes and as with many trailers contains many key scenes that’s integral to the film, it destroys that euphoric feeling of suspense. In other words, it’s a spoiler so don’t say I didn’t warn you. Interestingly, Room 6 includes the entire second draft of the screenplay in PDF format.
This film is staple to horror and has memorable moments. You can see the detail and work that’s gone into the making of this film. With all this said, Room 6 comes full circle at the end and lacked an ending befitting of the film. Somehow, when all the pieces are put together of this puzzle, it doesn’t exactly fit well. Without this flaw, Room 6 is enjoyable light horror romp.
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