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The Black Room (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  March 1984 (USA)
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A room gets put up for rent following the mysterious murder of its previous tenant. When an apartment-hunting man sees the deal the brother and sister landlords are offering, he immediately... See full summary »

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A room gets put up for rent following the mysterious murder of its previous tenant. When an apartment-hunting man sees the deal the brother and sister landlords are offering, he immediately puts down the first month's rent and starts spending his days there, even though he has a home to spend his nights at with his wife. When he comes home, he tells his wife about the fantasies he has of having sex with various women each day in his new apartment. His wife goes along with it for a while, but when she discovers that her husband's stories are much more than just fantasies, she starts to do some investigating. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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There is a room for rent in the Hollywood Hills... and the tenants are paying in blood.

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Made in 1981, but not released until 1983. See more »

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Don't date anyone in the Black Room
17 April 2015 | by (Glasgow, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A man rents a room a brother & sister so he can have extramarital affairs away from his own house, however his landlords are draining the blood from everyone who enters the room.

An extremely dark and original take on the vampire genre. Set in the modern day (1981 when it was made) unlike many vampire movies of the time, the setting does give it much more credibility than its Gothic counterparts. The draining sequences are very dramatic, no fangs here but a massive machine which pumps out the blood into some very gory scenes. The performances are a lot better than you might think, the 4 leads are surprisingly good as is most of the supporting cast. The second half of the movie is far better, tension mounts very well, the pace improves and the last 10-15mins are superb and quite scary at times, problem is though there is a very long set-up in the first half which fails at keeping the viewers attention, editing is also quite strange at the beginning (although that could just have been the copy I watched 1983 UK VHS).

Overall a very good surprising watch, that if you enjoy weird fairly gory horror there should be plenty for you to enjoy here. Interestingly this quite rare horror was put onto the DPP's section 3 list here in the UK, just seems although bloody this is a serious and well made horror & didn't deserve it.


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