The Dead Room (2015) – Jim Morazzini


What can I say about The Dead Room? What can I say that hasn’t been said a few hundred times about a few hundred similar films? There’s not really a lot to complain about, it’s not really a bad film, It’s also hard to praise it because it’s nothing special either, it’s just there. And that’s the problem…

The plot is one we’ve seen so many times now, a group of paranormal investigators set up shop in an allegedly haunted house and find much more than they bargained for. There’s the usual mix of skeptics and believers, conflict over how best to handle anything they might find and how to proceed once they do find it. The psychic argues with the tech wiz and they both argue with the skeptic. Things start going bump in the night then escalate to nasty poltergeist type activity and progress to a “shock” ending. A pretty standard paranormal film with little in the way of surprises.

On the plus side at least it’s not a found footage film, hopefully that fad is as over as I am over it. So many of these haunted house films have been found footage shaky cam affairs I was actually surprised that this was a conventionally shot film. And it is well enough shot but there’s nothing exciting about it, no great shots or camera movements, no inventive lighting. Like everything else about the film it’s competent but nothing more.

And that extends to the acting and directing. None of the cast is wooden, but none of the three leads really shine either. Same with director Jason Stutter, he doesn’t commit any gaffes, no microphones in view or confusing angles, but there’s no flair or passion either, it’s like he was shooting an instructional video for Directing 101. It’s all very professional, and very uninspired.

And really that’s all there is to say about it. The Dead Room is something that might be ok as a choice off of NetFlix some afternoon, but it’s not anything I’d advise spending money on.