Parents' Guide to

Room 401

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Punk'd with a horror twist.

TV MTV Reality TV 2007
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Just how gory are these gags? Two friends eating at a sushi restaurant watch as a nearby diner claws at his chest, which appears to break open, allowing crabs -- he'd been chowing down on soft-shell varieties -- to escape. In another scene, a man whose job is to clean up after crime scenes is led to believe he's seen the soul of a corpse the cops are about to haul away rise up from his body. At a meat grinder's, a worker thinks his co-worker has severed an entire arm right before his eyes.

The set-ups can be pretty realistic, thanks to Hollywood special effects, so kids -- even tweens -- may find it too gory or scary. (Grown-ups used to more sophisticated horror fare won't be swayed, though.) And there's something uncomfortable, not to mention cruel, about laughing at someone else's expense. Seeing that guy think he's literally seen a ghost, you feel sorry for him. And sorry you're watching the entire time and chuckling all the while, too.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: July 17, 2007
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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