Dead Room, Thriller Delves into “What if..”
Dead Room Film Overview
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 costs.
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Dead Room is supernatural horror thriller that explores the concept of the paranormal. In this case the topic is an intelligent haunting. The film doesn’t use audio spooks and visual scares. Also absent are cheap CGI renders. Writers; Kevin Stevens and Jason Stutter use a realistic approach with their horror medium.
The film mirrors most paranormal/haunting reality segments shown on television. Concepts are similar in design and execution. A group of horror ghost hunters descend upon an “infested” location. The intended goal is to gather scientific evidence on the paranormal. Most of these television programs offer more entertainment value than scientific exploration. Even so, the programs do shed light within the area of pseudoscience.
“The Dead Room” provides gripping tension. Presented are haunting visuals within a claustrophobic environment. The derelict setting itself resonates as a frightening entity. Well executed dialogue coupled with an outstanding theatrical performance heightens the viewing experience.
Missing are artificial elements to further enhance a frightening experience. This creative approach is most welcomed. Audiences will not be bombarded with cheap thrills and/or a cheesy fright fest. Supernatural Horror clichés are almost nonexistent throughout the film.
Special acclaim is awarded to actors; Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, and Laura Petersen. Each performer offer a noteworthy portrayal to their respective character. The cast cemented this visual medium as a great indie horror production.
The cinematography also merits high acclaim. An emphasis on creativity is evident with each strategic composed shot. The production offers a sense of realism. “The Dead Room” can rival present supernatural thrillers delivered by big movie house productions.
Simplicity and subtlety are key fundamentals that work well within this film production.
There were some moments that exhibited traces of B-movie acting. Reactions and/or dialogue weren’t delivered with realism and creativity. These instances were few and far between and do not anchor the overall production
The major problem for the film is the lack of story definition. “The Dead Room” show emphasis on a trio of ghost hunters. Yet, the story behind the haunting these brave individuals are investigating is never explored. The audience are left to wonder about the morbid history to this home. Why are these phantasms vengeful? An in depth exploration to the primary characters also goes uncharted. A brief backstory for the skeptic, psychic, and the audio tech guy would have strengthen the film.
“The Dead Room” is a stunning supernatural thriller. The film offers a realistic exploration into the classic level “man versus unknown” conflict. Kevin Stevens and Jason Stutter created a superb script on curiosities with the paranormal. Yet, “The Dead Room” does not go beyond the basics in story structure delivery. The film is intriguing with its own merits.
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