on October 9, 2011
This movie is worth a rental, at best. It is dubbed in English.
The minus part is the slow moving plot. It's in no hurry to get anywhere fast, and it will reveal it's secrets when it wants to. That took the two stars away for it in my opinion.
The plus side is the eerie photography and the atmosphere of dread. A lot of the scenes appear blurry and washed out, but it adds to the surreal eerie atmosphere. And when the ghost does appear, there are odd sounds with her that remind one of "The Grudge".
One of the leads actually steals the movie with her acting and just how convincingly mean she made her character.
it is worht a watch, it is a foreign dubbed film, and not of the usual pacing and photography of the American movies.
Along with The Substitute, Room 205 is a Danish import carrying the Ghost House Underground banner. Unlike The Substitute though, Room 205 is a tedious bore that fails to deliver, and ends up being a ghost story minus the scares. The gorgeous Neel Rønholt (who is a dead ringer for erotic scream queen Erin Brown, AKA Misty Mundae) stars as a newly moved in college student that soon learns the last inhabitant of her dorm room met a tragic and grisly demise. Her spirit is restless, and it isn't long before her mates start getting picked off one by one. It's nothing we haven't seen or heard before, but Room 205 at least starts out promising before getting caught up in mellowdrama. Adding insult to injury is the fact that Room 205 is just plain boring for almost 2/3's of its running time. Though it does get better during the last third of the film, Room 205 still ends up being a mostly boring disappointment. Still, you could always do much worse horror wise, and Room 205 is worth a look for ghost story fans, just don't expect too much out of it.
on December 30, 2009
In order to review the movie Room 205, I have to start with with the DVD cover itself. In the bottemish left hand side [...] says that Room 205 is a 'Fast-paced supernatural teen slasher'. Several problems with this: None of the charecters in this movie are teenagers, more like late twenties to mid thirties. Second, to call this a slasher flick is insulting to Halloween, Friday then Thirteenth, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc. This movie is more in the class of Pulse, Rest Stop, and Boogeyman. The death scenes were okay I suppose. I actually liked how the charec ter got whoooshed back into a glass case and she bled to death. The elevator scence had been done many times. Finally, the ending was a real bummer. I am still confused as what took place. Girls gone, boys had tongue ripped out? and girl leaves? Despite all this, it was a pretty good movie for 91 minutes.
<strong>Kollegiet</strong> (Martin Barnewitz, 2007)
<em>Kollegiet</em>, on the other hand (q.v. <em>White</em> review above), would seem to impart to us the lesson that the Occident should not attempt to make Asian horror movies at all. Not that I was really expecting much better from Barnewitz, who was tabbed to direct the (awful) <em>Messengers</em> sequel a couple of years ago, but <em>Kollegiet</em>, released in English-speaking countries under the title <em>Room 205</em>, is so standard that it almost seems as if one of the hackier Asian horror directors (Takashi Shimizu?) wrote a draft of a <em>How to Make an Asian Horror Film for Dummies</em> book, Barnewitz got his hands on a copy before anyone bothered to revise it, and he followed it to the letter. The problem being, of course, that since there's nothing new here, the movie comes off as a pale (pardon the pun) remake of some other generic Asian horror movie you saw a few years ago, but can't quite remember.
The movie does have a plot, if a light one: Katrine (<em>After the Wedding</em>'s Neel Rønholt), a provincial young woman, goes to college in Copenhagen, looking for something more insteresting than her usual small-town existince. What she finds, unfortunately, is a rather cliquish bunch of kids in her dorm who seem to be led by Sanne (Julie R. Ølgaard, recently of <em>Headhunters</em>). Of course, things get worse when Katrine finds herself attracted to Rolf (<em>Yours Forever</em>'s Mikkel Arendt), a former member of the clique (and romantic entanglement for Sanne, of course) who is now outcast. Needless to say, there's a Dark Secret(TM) to be had, and a Vengeful Long-Haired Spirit(TM) who is loosed on the crew as a result of an accident, and...
do I need to tell you more? Because you've seen it. Dozens of times, probably, if you're a fan of Asian horror at all. But where even mediocre Asian horror films at least get the basic stuff right--continuity, coherence, a decent amount of atmosphere--<em>Kollegiet</em> expects of its viewers that its existence will be enough. Sadly, it is not. **
When you watch a ghost story, you expect some spooks, chills and a few explanations about the backstory.
What you get in Room 205 is a sometimes badly dubbed film that lacks any scare effect.
Katrine is a troubled young woman who moves away from home after her mother's death. There, she discovers spiteful housemates who want to make her life hell after a bad hook up. During a rave, a ghost suddenly awakens and sets out to destroy them all.
As I watched this film, I kept waiting for that AH-HA moment - the one that pulls everything together in an intriguing twist. I also expected a few scares. I got non of that. The plot was seriously underdeveloped. There were obvious directions it could have gone, but everything was just, well, very dull.
Perhaps this works for European audiences, but it is not for the American horror fan. Save your cash for other Ghost House titles.
I really hoped for better when I picked this up. "Room 205" doesn't really have a unique plot or above average acting, and the scare factor is very low. This Danish horror flick centers around a young woman who moves into a dorm where there's a Room 205, purported to be haunted by the restless spirit of a dead girl. When the young woman finds herself being a target of bullying, her mental state is further confused by the startling visions she experiences - of a strange entity, a face staring at her from a mirror etc. Soon, people in the dorm begin to die under horrible circumstances - is it a supernatural entity at work or something less sinister?
The movie's flaws lies in many areas - though the lead actress is pretty enough and seems to act credibly enough, the plot unfolds very slowly that I almost dozed off midway through. Yes, it's a Danish movie, and one can have the option of English audio [though I watched it in the original Danish with English subtitles], but language barrier aside, this movie was still lack luster.
The acting by the other cast members was quite stilted, and the effects didn't elicit any scares either. The muted tones used throughout the movie lent the picture quality a hazy and uncomplimentary effect. The story was promising, though by no means original [Asian horror has done better with similar premise], and it's a pity the potential wasn't realized.