"ROOM 6"
DVD Review
by Kevin Carr

    MOVIE: *** (out of 5 stars)
    DVD EXPERIENCE: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)

    Christine Taylor as AMY
    Shane Brolley as NICK
    Mary Pat Gleason as NURSE HOLIDAY
    Chloe Moretz as MELISSA NORMAN
    Ellie Cornell as SARAH
    Jerry O’Connell as LUCAS

    Not Rated
    Studio: Anchor Bay Releasing

    Directed by: Mike Hurst
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“Room 6” opens with one of the most chilling moments seen on film. Our heroine Amy (Christine Taylor) is lying on an operating table. We hear her voice over, wondering where she is. Then she realizes that the doctor and nurses are getting ready to operate on her... but she’s still awake.

As she struggles to get their attention, she eventually knocks a scalpel off the table. One of the nurses looks over her and says, “Oh dear. We know you’re still awake.”

According to the behind-the-scenes material on this DVD, producer Mark A. Altman was sold on the film when writer/director Mike Hurst pitched the idea to him for the first time. I have to agree with Altman. This was an awesome opening, and still makes my skin crawl a bit when I think about it.

The challenge was to follow up with the rest of the film. In general, he does so, but never lives up to that initial shock. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s not terrible either. It definitely rises to the top among direct-to-video horror releases. Indeed, actors Jerry O’Connell and Christine Taylor have done a lot worse for themselves before to make the rent.

We soon see that this opening sequence is a dream that has been haunting Amy for a while. Her live-in boyfriend Nick (Shane Brolley) is ready to propose, but she stops him in order to get to work. Later that day, while driving, they are involved in a car crash. An ambulance is called, and the EMTs take the injured Nick away to a hospital Amy’s never heard of.

Amy meets Lucas (Jerry O’Connell), the other driver in the accident, whose sister has also been taken away. Together, they try to track down this hospital. Along the way, Amy if faced with demonic images that threaten her and warn her to leave Nick with them. However, this doesn’t stop her from trying to find her man.

“Room 6” is a nice display of low-budget filmmaking, garnering a decent DVD release. It’s pretty well cast, with actors who give it their all but never really go over the top. The concepts are pretty good, and it never really lost my interest.

There are some unintentionally hilarious moments in the film and aspects to the story. For example, when Amy shows Lucas a list of five hospitals, he suggests they split up the list to make things go faster. There’s also the concept that there are actually six area hospitals, but by mid-morning there hasn’t been anyone admitted to them. Or the fact that the police station is filled with prostitutes being booked, but they don’t have time to take a missing person’s report.

Still, it is these unintentionally funny moments are what gives a movie like this its charm. In a regular film, like a drama or a comedy, these moments can be excruciating. But in low-budget horror, these are the golden moments. Somehow, low-budget horror makes all this seem forgivable.

In the end, “Room 6” is a fun film. Oh, and it has lesbian nurses that strip down in one scene, so that’s a plus too.

The DVD includes a lengthy featurette on the development and production of the film. There’s also a funny and sometimes self-deprecating audio commentary on the film as well. The screenplay is also available through the DVD-ROM features.

Specifications: Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Widescreen (1.77:1), enhanced for 16x9 televisions.

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