Animal Room (1995)

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Cynical and intelligent Arnold Mosk, a known drug user, is put into a disciplinary program at his high school meant for the seriously disturbed where he becomes the main target of the psychopathic Doug Van Housen and his gang.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Payne Bell ...
Dechen Thurman ...
Eddie Malavarca ...
Doug Van Housen
Eddie LeMaster (as Brian Vincent)
Arnold Mosk
Stephen Pearlman ...
Principal Jones
Dr. Rankin
Pamela Kramer ...
Teacher 1
John Digaletos ...
Teacher 2
Madison Arnold ...
Older Guard
Paula Stevens ...
Teacher 3
Gary Trancer
Scott MacCann ...
Gary's Friend


Exasperated over their lack of viable solutions to problem students and growing school violence, teachers and school administrators institute a trial program whereby they can lock away those kids who "don't fit into the mainstream profile." Brainy malcontent Arnold Mosk - despite strenuous objections from his school counselor - is labeled a trouble student and herded into the program for dropping acid to escape his problems, both those at school and at home. While old friend Gary Trancer tries to reconnect with and support Arnold, sociopath Doug Van Housen takes cruel delight in leading his gang of violent school thugs to torment and bully those around him, especially Arnold, leading to tragedy. Written by statmanjeff

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Wonderful...I loved it!
17 November 2002 | by (St. Pete USA) – See all my reviews

This is a truly original film and while some parts were dark, I think it has true vision and something to say . The acting and directing were fantastic. Animal Room is not for the mind numbing popcorn chompers. This film has a vision and a voice that made me think and stayed with me. I wish more films had the kind of power and emotional qualities this gem has.

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