Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Ryousuke Watabe
What's it about
Two female roommates fall in love with each other. Suddenly, a demonic spirit takes over one of them and starts killing folks, leaving the other one to either stand by her woman or do something about it.
Is it good movie?
“What you don’t know…can kill you.” That’s the tagline from the The Roommate and much like the other release from Cinema Epoch and the other film directed by Hisaaki Nagoka, it’s rather obvious that this is another quick, cheap J-horror flick that does not live to the standards of the genre’s past. However, in comparison to my review for Slaughter Island, I give The Roommate credit for at least attempting to be a serious horror film. The acting still sucks balls, but they thankfully ditched the horrific 8-bit Nintendo music. The Roommate does a good job teasing the sexuality of the two females but never delivers the goods (you know what I’m talking about it), which isn’t a requirement, but let’s face it, it needs to be there to keep viewers interested. At the same time, the death sequences are quite creepy but again really never deliver. Also, I don’t know how many movies I’ve seen now who use the ol’ freaking-person-watching-a-static-TV-then-slowly-walks-across-the room-all-scary-looking gag. Enough already. 252 times is plenty. This movie could have been pretty interesting if they had sped things up and really focused on the roommate’s struggle to live with her possessed friend and deal with all the death. But it doesn’t. Instead, it relies on weak dream sequences and lots of panic looks from the lead.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation
Audio: Presented with the power of Digital Surround in Japanese with your choice of English subtitles
Behind the Scenes: Around 20 minutes of looks at the making of the production. Everyone looks like they’re having way too much fun, judging by the constant smiles everyone sports. And the bad music returns.
A good attempt at horror, but it’s still a cheap foreign indie flick that never develops. Decent try, but nothing at all unique.