Room 6 (2006)
By: Michael Helms on September 21, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
IDT (Australia). Region 4, PAL. 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1. 90 minutes
The Movie
Director: Michael Hurst
Starring: Christine Taylor, Shane Brolley, Mary Pat Gleason, Chloe Grace Moritz, Jerry O'Connell, Kane Hodder, Ellie Cornell
Screenplay: Mark A. Altman , Michael Hurst
Music: Joe Kraemer
Tagline: Some Doors Should Never Be Opened
Country: USA
Beginning with the old waking from a dream while lying on an operating table as a surgeon with a scalpel approaches for the first incision scenario, Room 6 hardly ever gets off the table to uncover any new twist on the evil past of a building that continues to haunt the present.

Besides the above, things also immediately go astray after a car accident when a school teacher (Christine Taylor) has her boyfriend with crushed legs carted off to a hospital of which she fails to discover the location, thus setting up most of the rest of the film as she attempts to find her guy with the help of Jerry O'Connell who has also lost his sister in a similar manner. We the audience are privy to a little more information though as a face in the accident crowd morphs into something monstrous.

Not long after, Chrissie and Jerry are hanging together on the street comparing their situations when a bum played by Kane Hodder tries to molest Chrissie, requiring Jerry to fight him off as Chrissie stabs him with a cigarette. Taylor finally tracks down her boyfriend only to become subjected to the whims of a nursing crew who are minding him and who are headed by a severe blonde who rules with an iron fist. At this point Room 6 becomes more than vaguely reminiscent of the vastly more interesting Candy Stripers. However, while her boyfriend's roommates try to explain the, "strangeness" of the hospital, Taylor gets home to discover a message from the mother of a little girl who appeared at the initial accident scene. With some psychic ability the little girl has knowledge of the secrets of the hospital. Meanwhile, Chrissie goes for a further interlude in a church that involves a woman with a forked tongue and a flying priest. Eventually Taylor finds herself in the local library in order to research her way to the bottom of the mystery. Still, there's time for a brief and bloody shower scene before the finale that involves cannibalism, a towel rack stabbing, stroboscopic hospital lighting, zombie patients with skinned faces, a lecture on profanity, the inevitable fire, and the tears of the hospitalised boyfriend.
Room 6 hardly wastes a moment to look good and it's CG and make-up effects are of a high and always eminently viewable standard. An unblemished transfer makes it always visually accessible.
The stereo sound is adequate if not exciting rarely being used to push the narrative forward.
Extra Features
A 40 minute Hospital From Hell making-of featurette.
The Verdict
While the performance of Christine Taylor enlivens Room 6 no end there's no covering up the fact that we're traversing hackneyed ground here that's only ever likely to excite the undemanding and cable programmers. On a trivial note producer Mark A. Altman who some time ago become the owner of the other film fantasy mag CFQ, appears onscreen as Dr. Altman.
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