Title: The Dead Room
Release Date: October 31, 2015
Time: 80 minutes
When a terrified family flees a desolate southern New Zealand farmhouse, two cynical scientists and a young psychic are sent to investigate their claims of a haunting. There they encounter a powerful spirit that will protect the house’s secrets at all cost. The Dead Room is inspired by the chilling urban legend surrounding a farmhouse in Central Otago, New Zealand. In the early 1970s, two science tutors went to debunk claims a rural house was haunted and uncovered an incredibly disturbing mystery.
After I finished this one I started going over in my head what I was going to write about it. I wanted to just say, “Pretty boring. If you just watched the last 20 minutes or so of the film, that’s all you would need.”
Then I started thinking about it more, and I feel that I need to say more than that. It wasn’t that the beginning was slow, and you did need it to build up the tension, but when I really thought about it, it was because of the actors. They almost seemed bored to be there, and there wasn’t a lot of sharing who they were with each other, so I didn’t really care about them.
There was also the fact that all three of them went to sleep at night. I don’t watch the ghost busting shows on TV, but I would think at least one person would stay awake to monitor the equipment. It wasn’t until a couple nights in that they set an alarm for 15 minutes before the activity would begin.
When you finally get to the last 20 minutes, lots of action takes place with furniture flying around the room, and the actors running around in terror. But even with this, it was just ho-hum. After they got to the meat of the movie, I was left with so many questions. Why was 3am the time everything happened. Why was the person doing what they did. And a couple of more, but I don’t want to spoil anything if you decide to watch it.