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The Forbidden Room (2015)

In this non-linear amalgamation, submarine crewmen and a woodsman wend their way through a voyage of odd experiences.

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Saplingjack 1 / Listening Man / Pancho (as Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon)
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A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears.

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Opening Weekend USA:

$696, 19 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,043, 6 March 2016
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Trivia

This project was originally concieved to be a series of stand-alone short films. The only way Guy Maddin was able to recieve enough funding was to string some of them together into a feature. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Ultimately Kind of Tedious
25 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

I admire the film making and the art direction for The Forbidden Room, but while it initially dazzles, it quickly becomes rather tedious. There is no real payoff for the effort it takes to sit through it, and it does take some effort. The most entertaining part for me is the opening titles. The only movie I can compare it to is Stalker, and it isn't a fair comparison. While both share the washed-out, sepia tone Lynch-like visual style, Stalker has a discernible plot beyond just its style. I'd love to intellectualize the film and say it has deeper meaning, but outside of the art direction and distressed film look, after sitting through it I've decided there is just no "there" there.


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