205" DVD cover
I have to admit...the
way things were going was not looking well for the material released
in the Ghost House Underground collection. It was looking like
a vast array of still-steaming crapola that could only charitably
be called mediocre.
But this week, we have
broken the streak...somewhat...with Room 205, a Danish import
that proves if you slog through enough coal eventually you'll
manage to find at least a flawed diamond.
And in this flawed
diamond, Katrine, a girl who's mother has just died, finds herself
moving all the way to Copenhagen to go to school. She's found
some roommates who seem at least provisionally nice, but following
an ill-fated hookup with one of them, things start to go wrong
very fast. Trying to bully Katrine out of the university, her
roommates use the legend of a ghost of a girl who died in the
dorm. The problem with this, of course, is that the legend is
actually quite real, and the ghost in question is set free from
its prison of a bathroom mirror to run amok.
I know, right now,
it sounds kind of baffling. And it is, just a little bit--one
would think they took WAY too many cues from recent release Mirrors.
But it's also got some fairly creepy moments, and that gives us
a bit of hope.
At first, I thought
this was going to be yet ANOTHER huge embarrassing disappointment
from the people who'd already brought me SEVERAL. Watching the
Danish version of The OC for the first half hour certainly wasn't
a real quality bellringer. In fact, I got to the point where I
was muttering irritably at my TV, when does something CREEPY actually
And then, zombies.
Yeah, I know. Sure,
it was just Katrine's roommates acting like TOTAL pricks, and
then the whole mirror thing threw in and things just kept getting
weirder...but still. At almost EXACTLY the half-hour mark, Room
205 will stop being a chatty, bubbly TV series and start being
a vague ripoff of Mirrors with plenty of freakishness.
Oh...and the part where
the lights in the hallway steadily go out in sequence? It's been
done before, but I love it. Every time I see it, which is admittedly
not often, I enjoy it. I actually wish I saw it a bit more often.
This is the reason
it got three stars. Sure, this isn't the greatest of movies. But
it's the best I've seen yet of the Ghost House Underground series
and I can't help but think that that merits a little extra credit.
Even the ending features
a pretty nifty twist, which actually makes a LOT of sense given
the events that preceded it. It'll be worth watching.
The special features
include audio options, English and Spanish subtitles, a behind
the scenes featurette, director's commentary, and trailers for
The Last House in the Woods, Brotherhood of Blood, Room 205, No
Man's Land: Rise of the Reeker, The Substitute, Dark Floors, Trackman,
and Dance of the Dead.
All in all, so far,
this is high water mark for the Ghost House Underground series.
Sadly, this still isn't saying much.
Directed by Martin Barnewitz
Written by Jannik Tai Mosholt
Starring Neel Ronholt, Mikkel Arnot, Julie R. Olgaard, Mira Wanting
Produced by Kim Magnusson
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