Michael Daggett | The Shadow Realm | 05/19/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I would have liked to give Red Room no stars at all, but unfortunately you have to give it at least 1. That's 1 more star than it deserves. I bought this DVD thinking that it would be something similar to the infamous Guinea Pig series. Boy was I wrong! Yes, they are B-movies, but while Guinea Pig delivers exatly what it promises, this movie gives you nothing that it promises.
On the front cover, it warns the viewer that this movie contains graphic violence. That could not be further from the truth. What I got most out of this movie, was almost soft-core, excruciatingly fake sounding, sex-scenes, and IMPLIED scenes of disturbing violence. That's right. Implied NOT graphic.
Now, I am a big fan of japanese movies and Unearthed Films has released other good, very gory movies, like Guinea Pig and Aftermath. However, Red Room was not worth the $14.99 I paid for it, or the 68 minutes I spent watching it. Red Room is not worth a single cent of your money, or a second of your time.
The sad thing is, Unearthed Films probably realized this, which led to their false-advertising DVD cover. For shame, Unearthed Films, for shame. You disappoint me.
If you're looking for a movie with almost soft-core, fake-sounding porn scenes, than Red Room is for you. However, if you're looking for some graphic, gory, ultra-violence, than I suggest you watch Guinea Pig: The Devil's Experiment. It took away the bad taste in my mouth that Red Room left.
It's like Truth or Dare, but the dares become more daring
Tokay | Treasure Island, FL | 12/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First off, a warning: the film quality of this movie is destitute, barely meeting the quality of a poorly-budgeted soap opera. Furthermore, the acting, music and sets were subpar even compared to the film quality. That said, when I noticed these flaws during the first few minutes I wanted to return it--then, I decided to wrench through it only to be pleasantly surprised.
Sometimes a movie wins my favor even when it's trash. Red Room was trash. But fun trash to watch with friends and a few drinks. Watching this in solitary sobriety would be a grave, aggravating and likely boring mistake. This in mind, my rating is one of personal entertainment value and not a rational assessment as it would apply to all viewers.
I found myself appreciating some of the torture-pornesque "dares" (although I would have taken the dares much further had I been the writer) of the over-simplistic King Game. In this game all four players draw one of the four cards each. He who holds the King gets to declare what the others must do in order to remain in the game. Naturally, as the game progresses and people who were victems of previous turns become Kings, the dares evolve from sophomoric to mean to cruel to perversely malevolent. But the players, who were given poorly written backgrounds to convince the viewer of their desperation to win, endure since they all covet the prize money.
The violence and gore of which the viewer would be admonished on the DVD cover are more implied than graphic. There is nothing of shocking nature to anyone who has seen either Saw 1-5, Cube 1-3 or Hostel 1-2 (all of which were WAY more shocking than anything in Red Room). My entertainment came with the quiet anticipation of the next vengefully cruel challenge by the King. The scenes including sexual content seemed to be jestingly choreographed with ridiculous sound effects. Such scenes were presented as if a pair of virgins who just discovered the means of kissing and intercourse moments ago were charged with direction and starring in those scenes. Again, watching this alone would result in a growing desire to kill anything making a sudden movement. However, among jovial friends, I found myself having fun mocking the quality of a trash movie.
This movie is for those who enjoy bad, bad, bad horror and thrillers. If you are not one of these people, don't even rent Red Room.
Roberta Wright | Benton, AR. | 03/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!!!!!!!! This Japanese movie is very good, but it made my stomach sick after watching it.
Red Room is about four people locked in a room playing a card game. The one who gets the KING card gets two people, and they have to do what the person tells them to do.
This movie is not for kids. Of course, everybody knows that right?"
Cheap and dirty - and still not viewable
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 11/05/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"What would you do for money and fame? Would you subject yourself to horrors, allow yourself to be degraded, take on a glass bottle in a way that might be more than a little ouchie, or worse. That's the question that this movie asks in a bad way, spending more time with ideas that do not take root and instead spend more time sexually tormenting people than anything else. Perhaps that was the idea, too, but the idea was not one that I would have bought had I known that it would have gone the way it was going. No, the box lied to me and I felt sickened by the movie that I received.
So, what was wrong with the movie? Well, there was the plot, the way it was carried out, the things that people thought about doing to one another, and the fact that the game hey played was one that they made up as thy went along. It was a cheap movie, a really cheap movie, and was one that had more in common with a bad skin flick than a morality tale hat twined the Internet and the idea of reality shows together. Basically, there were people placed in room and told that they had to make the other person quit by any means necessary, and the person that would be "dared" to d something would be selected by a random card draw. This starts out with somewhat sexual stances, and ends with terrible thing done in the same manner that the game started out in. And did I mention the cheapness of the movie or the terrible acting? It was truly something that I wish I could take back from each and every cell of my body, knowing that I could have watched anything else and felt better about the outcome.
If you watch the movie, more power to you. I simply want to say that I found it dull in ways that I was not expecting, and that I would throw the beast into the recesses of my mind if that were indeed possible.
Not recommended in any form, even for those who like B-movies or explorations of oddities without name.