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Room 6 (2006)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Michael Hurst and screenwriter/producer Mark A. Altman Rating:9.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on March 25th, 2017:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Michael Hurst and Mark A. Altman combine for a lively, animated duet commentary that really improves re-watching "Room 6." "Room 6" appears to be a "J-Horror"-inspired creepfest, made to cash-in on the popular Horror offerings of the time period. This is right in the burgeoning days of "torture porn," as many would refer to the like of "Saw," and "Hostel" in the following years. Coincidentally, the same costume designer from "Saw" worked on "Room 6." In fact, most of the crew had just produced another "Cinefantastique Films" feature, "House of the Dead 2." As the British Director Hurst lays out tin the opening moments of this commentary, "HOTD 2" was the more technically-intensive feature, while "Room 6" was largely without huge disaster or complications. There a dozens of connections and references to the classic Horror films of the modern-era: 1) An Appearance by Kane Hodder, as a demonized Homeless man. Kane, ever the "good sport," heavily promoted the film. This despite the fact he was not the main "baddie" in this story. 2) The majority of the film was shot at Linda Vista Hospital in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. This famed location, closed as a hospital since 1991, was the scene of the pilot for "ER" (1994), and doubled (along with a prison in Lincoln Heights) as the boiler room from "Nightmare on Elm Street." 3) The DP, Ray Stella, had been the original operator for "Halloween," famously shooting the POV shots that would obtain Horror immortality. 4) Cuesta Verde is overheard, in a direct reference to "Poltergeist." 5) Costumes worn by a young Chloe Grace Moretz were a direct nod to "Don't Look Now." And speaking of Halloween, Ellie Cornell appears as Chloe's Mom. Even familiar faces from the world of television make a few appearances, like the "cabbie," played by Billy Gardell, or Jack Riley of "The Newhart Show." The appearance of Gardell's character leads to a reference to the remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatcher" (1978). Altman, ever the verbose type, as any listener to the "Free Enterprise" (1998) commentaries can attest to, advises listeners to listen to Philip Kaufman's track. That classic Director Commentary has some fascinating stories about Leonard Nimoy. Therefore, the remainder of this track has some hilarious callbacks to Mr. Nimoy's cranky demeanor. The "Star Trek" references were kept to a minimum, so as to not draw attention away from the story. Although a fun story about Mark Altman's encounter with Nimoy, and their conversation about "In Search of..." counts as the "Free Enterprise" tidbit from this track. That, and Michael Hurst's obsession with Chocolate Chip Pancakes. All this fun and info, packed into robust 93 minutes. Capturing the effort it took to make a moody Horror flick, in the vein of "Jacob's Ladder," with an always "game" (an apparent Horror fan) Christine Taylor, in and around some spectacular locations in East L.A. 9/10