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ROOM 6
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Reviewed by: Rees Savidis

Directed by: Michael Hurst

Starring:
Christine Taylor
Shane Brolly
Jerry O Connell

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
The titular Room 6 (written as R66M 6 on the DVD art, get it?) opens its doors as Amy (Christine Taylor) and Lucas (Jerry OíConnell) team-up in a bid to fight the powers of darkness after a near fatal car wreck sends her boyfriend and his sister to the mysterious St. Rosemaryís Hospital. Twists, turns, demons and deep-fried zombies ensue as our hapless duo uncovers a truth that is (apparently) only obvious to us.
Is it good movie?
Iíve heard Room 6 described as Jacobs Ladder meets The Sixth Sense. While I can appreciate the comparisons, one should not be led to believe that Room 6 is, in any way, on the same level as either of those two films. This is not to say that Room 6 is an entirely bad film Ė of course itís mediocre as hell, but competently made and rather engaging if for nothing else than to see if the characters can figure out what we (the audience) have known from the beginning. I donít want to be overly spoilery - herein lies The Sixth Sense parallels Ė but Iím sure youíll figure this one out before it even begins.

Staring Ben Stillerís wife, Christine Taylor (in constant need of a sandwich by the looks of her) and one-time Slider and ex-fat kid, Jerry OíConnell, Room 6 is well stocked in the acting department and has that end of things fairly well sewn-up. If there are problems with the film (and there are) they lie mostly at the feet of Director Michael Hurst (House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim) and scribe Mark A. Altman (House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim, Free Enterprise). While Room 6 is superior in almost every conceivable way to House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim, the dynamic-duo (?) of Hurst and Altman still bring a certain measure of baggage along with them from that film; Room 6 and HotD 2: Dead Aim share quite a number of similarities where nit-picky things like quality dialog, believable characters and driving narrative are concerned, but Room 6, despite its shortcomings, still manages to entertain.
Video / Audio
VIDEO: Anchor Bay knows video mastering. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer on display here is very nice indeed.

AUDIO: Wonder why youíre two-steps ahead of the characters at all times in Dolby Digital 5.1
The Extras
The extras on this DVD edition of Room 6 are entertaining; if not a tad-bit on the light side. Hereís the list:

Audio commentary with director Michael Hurst and screenwriter Mark A. Altman: This is a fun, engaging and, at time, funny commentary from a pair of fellas who are obviously in love with what they do. If passion outweighs talent, these two are well on their way.

Hospital from Hell: A nifty little (40 minute) behind-the-scenes / making-of segment showcasing how Room 6 was bought to life. Itís a breezy and informative piece that winds up being more enjoyable than the actual film at times.

The rest of the disc is rounded out with the original trailer for Room 6 as well as a DVD-ROM section containing Mark A. Altmanís original screenplay.
Last Call
At the end of the day if itís a perfectly entertaining (albeit instantly forgettable) little demon-infused time-waster youíre after, you could do a hell-of-a-lot worse than Room 6.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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