Updated: Oct 17, 2020
"The only thing more dangerous than a person who can’t get what they want is a person that gets whatever they want."
Christian Volkman's thriller The Room was recently added to Shudder with much fanfare. Shudder's Emily Gotto promised:
"From its Twilight Zone-esque hook, to its stylish, scary destination, The Room is a stirring, eerie thriller primed to knock Shudder members out."
The Room starts with Matt (Kevin Janssens) and Kate (Olga Kurylenko) moving into an isolated house in rural Maryland, USA. While moving, they discover a strange room that grants them an unlimited number of material wishes. Since Kate has had two miscarriages, what the couple miss the most is a child.
Whilst some reviews have criticised the lack of originality of The Room's story; I personally love a fresh perspective on the Monkey's Paw concept of being careful what you wish for.
I sat down with my subscription, popcorn and optimism - and wound up feeling disappointed.
I can't fault the location, the house has a natural shabby-chic character that befits the story . The wish granting room is powered by a mechanism which appealed to my steampunk tendencies. As I have already said, the concept was really compelling even if it wasn't a particularly original idea. There are some genuine moments of suspense and intrigue.
So what was missing?
The ageing process of both material possessions and people lacked imagination, which is disappointing given the scope for some truly horrifying moments.
I am aware other reviews have cited poor acting for the film's downfall. I can't blame the actors fully but rather poor casting and direction. There is a distinct lack of chemistry between the various cast members. In addition, certain scenes lack emotional depth leading to some problematic scenes that failed to deliver the horror that the screenplay intended to convey. (Exhibit A: The attempted rape scene.)
The story itself goes from a thought provoking and believable concept of the possible horrifying consequences that The Room can offer - down an unfulfilling spiral of incest and a confusing escape through a multiverse.
Yet there was so much scope to explore the horrifying tragedy of The Room's creations not being able to leave the confines of the house - with one exception of course.
Horror Girly Rating: 2.5/5