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Room 6 (aka R66m 6)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C-     Film: C-



Why is it so hard to do a good, simple, effective Horror film without getting silly, stupid, boring or seeming like too many works before it?  This even seems to happen when a good idea surfaces, as with Mike Hurst’s Room 6, a potentially good 2005 Horror Comedy about a young lady (Christine Taylor) who is afraid of hospitals then has to deal with one when her boyfriend is injured in a car crash.  The problem is that the hospital he is taken to does not exist, so what gives?


Not a good script, for certain.  How could so many great opportunities be missed?  This is not authentically funny, scary or smart.  It comes across as lazy, tired, boring, bored and even Jerry O’Connell seems bored.  Any mystery here is lame, while the MTV quick editing where applicable is so bad, it cannot cover or distract from all the problems here.  Of course, to say any more would ruin what little surprise is here, but the points where they creators think they are being cleverly referential to other horror films screams (pun intended) that they had no idea of what they had, were creatively bankrupt otherwise and you are better off renting Rosemary’s Baby, Halloween II or The Shining.  What a miss!!!


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image does not have the best definition, but with color and some depth a little better than usual, it plays back without the annoying cliché of degrade overall image and gutted color.  Unfortunately, cinematographer Raymond Stella comes up with nothing very memorable in the way of shots and a bad work is made worse.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has the usual Horror punchiness, but it is the same old tired, clichéd kick.  Extras include a DVD-ROM printable screenplay (lucky us, but you can examine more closely all that went wrong, at least), original trailer, featurette and audio commentary by co-writers, one who produced.  Even they are tired.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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