|Room 6 (2006)
| IDT (Australia). Region 4, PAL. 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1. 90 minutes
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.
Taylor, Shane Brolley, Mary Pat Gleason, Chloe
Grace Moritz, Jerry O'Connell, Kane Hodder,
Screenplay: Mark A.
Altman , Michael Hurst
Music: Joe Kraemer
Tagline: Some Doors
Should Never Be Opened
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
|The stereo sound is adequate if not exciting rarely
being used to push the narrative forward.
|A 40 minute Hospital From Hell making-of featurette.
|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.