Parents' Guide to

Room 9

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Inept horror tale has violence, drinking, language.

Movie R 2021 104 minutes
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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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