Review: ‘Room 6’

"Profanity is now very profane when it's used habitually." That non sequitur, spoken by a ghoul, is what passes for wit in "Room 6." Indeed, this embarrassing supernatural thriller from director/co-writer Michael Hurst ("New Blood") is a potential camp classic whose bypassing theatrical for DVD release is understandable.

“Profanity is now very profane when it’s used habitually.” That non sequitur, spoken by a ghoul, is what passes for wit in “Room 6,” a horror-flick horror with more unintentional than intentional humor. Indeed, this embarrassing supernatural thriller from director/co-writer Michael Hurst (“New Blood”) is a potential camp classic whose bypassing theatrical for DVD release is understandable.

Making kissy-face at an intersection, Amy (Christine Taylor) and fiancee Nick (Shane Brolly) plow into a vehicle driven by Lucas (Jerry O’Connell). An ambulance whisks off the injured parties (Lucas’ sister and Nick), but later Amy can’t find her beau at any local hospital. She begins experiencing visions of zombie-like grotesques; meanwhile we see Nick held captive by mean sexy nurses who take excessive blood draws from waning patients. Finally Amy enters the phantom hospice (burnt down years earlier) and discovers a truth that won’t surprise anyone who saw “The Sixth Sense.” A likeable comedienne (“The Brady Bunch Movie,” “Dodgeball”), Taylor unfortunately still comes off as a ditz here, making her panicked histrionics laughable. Pic constantly violates its own feeble fantasy logic for silly shock effects; tech aspects are OK.

Room 6

Production

An Anchor Bay Entertainment release of a CFQ Films production. Produced by Mark A. Altman, Mark Gottwald. Executive producers, Morris Berger, Stephen R. Brown, John W. Hyde. Co-producers, Chuck Speed, Danny W. Stallcup. Directed by Michael Hurst. Screenplay, Hurst, Mark A. Altman.

Crew

Camera (color), Raymond Stella; editor, Kevin Greutert; music, Joe Kraemer; production designer, Ivo Christante. Reviewed at Another Hole in the Head, San Francisco, June 11, 2006. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Christine Taylor, Shane Brolly, Jerry O'Connell, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lisa Ann Walter, Jack Riley, John Billingsley, Mary Pat Gleason.
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