ROOM 203 (2021) Reviews and overview [trailer]

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Room 203 is a 2021 American horror film about two female roommates who are tormented by vengeful spirits dwelling in their rented apartment.

Directed by Ben Jagger (Corbin Nash; The Paddy Lincoln Gang) from a screenplay co-written with John Poliquin (Spiral 2019) and Nick Richey (Low Low), based on Kamon Nanami’s Japanese novel. Produced by Benjamin Anderson, Eric Gibson, Kat McPhee, Annmarie Sairrino, Moeko Suzuki and Ty Whittington.

The Ammo Entertainment production stars Francesca Xuereb, Viktoria Vinyarska, Eric Wiegand, Quinn Nehr and Patrick Kirton.

Plot:
When best friends Kim (Francesca Xuereb) and Izzy (Viktoria Vinyarska) move into a dark and mysterious apartment, they become convinced their new home is haunted by evil spirits.

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As they investigate the tormented history, they unearth a terrifying past of disappearances, demonic rituals and possessions that plagued every former tenant of Room 203…

Release:
In the US, Room 203 will be released by Vertical Entertainment on April 15, 2022. Buy or rent via Amazon.com

Reviews:

“The theme of female camaraderie, a popular trend in recent horror films, comes to the surface again. However, the movie also forgets from time to time that it set out to be a horror film by investing too much time into developing the relationships around the characters […] The horror, inevitably, comes from jump scares in this film.” High on Film

“When the screenplay […] isn’t loading up cheap scares in the overly dark apartment (meaning it’s difficult to see or care about who or what might be in the space), it sends Kim and Ian on an exposition hunt of news articles […] Other issues, such as the fact that not a single performance is convincing, seem unnecessary to mention or mean to describe further. Room 203 is just a repetitive, formulaic, and nearly broken bore.” Mark Reviews Movies

Room 203 bounces along at a steady pace as it sets up its characters and there is a decent amount of spookiness in a thoughtful, slow burn kind of way. And once those characters settle into the investigation phase, the mystery behind the apartment’s thirst for blood is compelling. While not all of the dialog clicks, the two leading ladies play off of each other extremely well.” The Scariest Things

” …has all the mystery and all the scares in all the right places and that focuses on its genuine creepiness (also helped by its really cool central location) to keep the audience at the edge of their seats. And the very fact that it doesn’t try too hard to explain things away but favours atmospheric filmmaking instead only adds to the film’s welcome feel of unease…” Search My Trash

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