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Animal Room (1995)

R | | Drama, Thriller
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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Ryan Payne Bell ...
Pink
Dechen Thurman ...
Hinge
Eddie Malavarca ...
Porky
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Eddie LeMaster (as Brian Vincent)
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Pamela Kramer ...
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John Digaletos ...
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Madison Arnold ...
Older Guard
Paula Stevens ...
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Scott MacCann ...
Gary's Friend
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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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Echoing Alarms of Clockwork Orange

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Rated R for brutal violence, strong language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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The Misfits make a cameo in this film as themselves although Singer Michale Graves is lip synching to a Kryst The Conquerer song with vocals by Jeff Scott Soto. See more »

Quotes

Arnold Mosk: Okay, what do you do when you want to escape?
Dr. Rankin: Go to a movie.
Arnold Mosk: But that's a two-dimensional experience.
Dr. Rankin: What do you mean?
Arnold Mosk: I mean, you see it and you hear it but you don't really experience it. When I experience something, I wanna feel it with all my senses.
Dr. Rankin: Even at the expense of your health?
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References Gulliver's Travels (1939) See more »

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Dr. Phibes Rides Again
Performed by The Misfits
Courtesy of Cyclopean Music and The Misfits
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Great Movie
8 May 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed Animal Room. It has my favorite actor in it, Matthew Lillard. His performance in this movie is great. I saw this movie back in the middle of April when it first came out to video. This movie made me think a lot about people and those who get picked on and knowing who your true friends are. It's really sad when you look deep into the movie.

The main basis of the film starts with Arnold Mosk(Harris) who has been placed in a program for drug users. Every student has their bully. Arnold's is Doug Van Housen(Lillard) who is constantly torturing him. Arnold's old friend Gary Trancer(Olds) is trying to reach out to him and rekindle that old friendship they once had because he knows what a tough time Arnold is going through. The rest of the movie is just a look at their lives and how they cope with one another and their own problems.

I really can't stress enough how great of a movie this is. I know many people will not like it. You really have to be a certain kind of person to like it. Someone with a twisted mind, someone who really enjoys art and what life is really about in a film, someone who really enjoys the actors in the film. I fall under all three, as may many more people. It's just so great, the camera angles are good, the acting is great, everything just fits into place. The movie was well put together. If you enjoy any of the three things I listed, go see this movie. It's really great.

-A+


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