If you read here regularly you know I love horror. And that one of my favorite sub-genres is ghost stories. I love the Paranormal Activity series, The Changeling, The Haunting, The Conjuring films, Poltergeist, The Devil’s Backbone, and The Woman in Black among many others. One of my favorite things in many ghost stories is when someone is employed to investigate a haunting, much like the Warrens in the Conjuring films. A new film out this month, The Dead Room, follows a similar structure on a much lower budget and does so very effectively.
When a terrified family flees their isolated New Zealand farmhouse due to supernatural activity, paranormal investigators Liam (Jed Brophy), Scott (Jeffrey Thomas) and a young psychic named Holly (Laura Petersen) are called in to see if their claims are true. While at first it seems the family may be making up stories, the trio soon learn that something malevolent is indeed residing within the house and may stop at nothing to ensure they never leave alive.
The Dead Room is a brilliantly structured ghost story that I really dug. All the action takes place within a few rooms in the farmhouse and the pacing is beautifully constructed. The three leads are excellent and easily compete with bigger name talent in such films as The Conjuring. The effects are mostly old school, very effective and often quite chilling. The farmhouse setting is also very well utilized; it is a strange looking house with an odd layout that really contributes to the feeling of unease and thick atmosphere. And when things really ramp up in the last third of the film, you will definitely feel you got your money’s worth when it is all over. This is a very entertaining, tense, creepy and thoroughly fun paranormal ghost story that is sure to please any fan of the genre. Highly recommended.