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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in poorly made low-budget horror movie.
Positive Role Models
No character presented here is a role model.
Violence & Scariness
Horror movie violence. Character tied to bed with chains before a spike is driven into their throat. Dead body found on side of street. Blood spurts out of head wound. Man with bloody face. Characters tied with chains in a bed in "Room 9." In opening scene, a honeymoon couple in a hotel room is tied up by a group of men; the woman is tied up before it's implied that she's hit in the head with a mallet. Punches thrown during bar fight between a lead character and a biker gang before a knife is pulled.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Honeymoon couple shown on verge of having sex before their hotel room is invaded by killers. Kissing, woman's skirt hiked up.
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Regular profanity usage, including "f--k." Also "a--hole," "s--t," "pissed," "damn," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "jerk-offs," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer and shot drinking in a bar, with drunkenness leading to a bar fight. Man gets drunk on wine, shown stumbling, then hung over the next day. Alcoholic man shown passed out in lawn chair. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Room 9 is a 2021 horror movie in which the men who took part in a horrific double murder in a hotel room over 40 years ago are now getting mysteriously killed. Expect horror movie violence: A character is shown getting killed while chained to a bed, a spike driven through his throat. There's an implied death by mallet to the head, a dead body on the street, and blood shown spurting out of a head wound. Profanity is heard throughout, including "f--k." The movie also shows cigarette smoking as well as beer and shot drinking in a bar, which results in one of the lead characters getting drunk and getting into a fight with a biker gang. During the fight, punches are thrown and then a knife is pulled. One lead character is shown drinking wine and getting drunk and then stumbling into his room; he's later shown hung over the next day. A man suggested to have an alcohol addiction is shown passed out in a lawn chair. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's nearly impossible to put into words what a horrible movie Room 9 is on all possible levels and in all metrics of measurement. Nonsensical interludes and montages with drone footage of the small town in which the movie is set are interspersed with horror movie icon Michael Berryman praying or sharpening an ax while heavy metal instrumentals play. Jolting edits and fuzzy video quality are made to resemble either the quality of a VHS cassette or a 1970s television with bad antenna reception. There are clunky character introductions and scenes that don't seem to serve any purpose to the story whatsoever, cringeworthy dialogue and acting, and ineptitude on every level.
In perhaps the most entertaining and funniest scene, and as good an indication as any of what a bad movie this is, a detective is shown interviewing a suspect in the interrogation room. On the detective's desk, plain as day, is THE SCRIPT, opened up to, presumably, the exact page in which this scene is happening. If the whole movie is meant to be a joke, it would be great to be in on it, but it doesn't seem to be the case. The whole thing is incoherent from start to finish, and essentially unwatchable. Somehow, there's a sequel in the works for this. Here's hoping those involved have gone back to film school to learn the most basic fundamentals of making a movie with a comprehensible story.
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