Movie Review: DOOM ROOM

DOOM ROOM (fka Nightmare Box) was directed by Jon Keeyes from a screenplay he co-wrote with Carl Kirshner and stars Johanna Stanton, Nicholas Ball, Hayden Tweedie, Matthew Tompkins and genre legend Debbie Rochon. The cinematography is by Lorenzo Levrini. The score is by Todd Masten.

A woman wakes up locked in a small room with no memory of how she arrived there. Unable to escape, and tormented by a series of paranormal entities, she must uncover the riddle of who she is and how she got here.

This psychological chiller focuses on a young woman, let’s call her Jane Doe (Johanna Stanton), who wakes up in a mysterious room with no memory of who she is and how she got there. Long story short, she was at a party and ended up in this room. She’s also trapped with no way in or out of this nightmarish environment that slowly becomes hostile. This eerie setting is a makeshift dungeon and a trap that becomes the haunting new home for this mysterious young woman.

What happens is, other characters introduce themselves to Jane. There’s Innocence (Hayden Tweedie), Man (Nicholas Ball), Husband (Matthew Tompkins) and Wife (Debbie Rochon) and they play an important part to this mysterious puzzle as the pieces slowly come together for Jane. These characters disappear and reappear with each visit unlocking a little more of her memory until the ultimate reveal where Jane remembers the shocking truth about what actually happened and how she got there. Sadly for Jane, there’s no happy ending but at least she finally got her memory back.

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed Doom Room and the extreme bizarreness this cinematic macabre piece is made of. The movie plays like an art house film and a well executed stage play. This is a small indie production so there’s not a lot of money involved which means the movie is more of a trippy character study that features some great performances by the cast. I mean, this one has Debbie Rochon in it and she makes anything better by just showing up. It’s all about these characters, some of the wardrobes and the wicked set design for this mysterious room. Jon Keeyes has delivered an impressive indie standout that reminds me of Alice in Wonderland with a touch of Captivity and is worth checking out. I’m not sure why it took so long for a unique movie like this to get released but it’ll finally be unleashed to the masses and available On Demand on January 15th.

Distributor: Wild Eye Releasing

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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