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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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Craig Singer

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Craig Singer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Payne Bell Ryan Payne Bell ... Pink
Dechen Thurman ... Hinge
Eddie Malavarca Eddie Malavarca ... Porky
Matthew Lillard ... Doug Van Housen
Lori Heuring ... Shelly
Brian Vincent ... Eddie LeMaster
Neil Patrick Harris ... Arnold Mosk
Stephen Pearlman ... Principal Jones
Joseph Siravo ... Dr. Rankin
Pamela Kramer Pamela Kramer ... Teacher 1
John Digaletos John Digaletos ... Teacher 2
Madison Arnold ... Older Guard
Paula Stevens Paula Stevens ... Teacher 3
Gabriel Olds ... Gary Trancer
Scott MacCann Scott MacCann ... Gary's Friend
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Echoing Alarms of Clockwork Orange

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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: My blood in YOUR mouth? No, I don't think so. I think it's gonna be more like little fuckin' pieces of your brain in my hand.
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Connections

References Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Dr. Phibes Rides Again
Performed by The Misfits
Courtesy of Cyclopean Music and The Misfits
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User Reviews

one of the best films I've ever seen
26 August 2001 | by Creedz23See all my reviews

I loved Animal Room...not everyones cup of tea but I thought it was fantastic. Incredible visuals and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. Performances were compelling and everytime I thought I knew where the story was going...it took a turn I both enjoyed and never expected. The filmmaker has a lot to say and does a beautiful job without seeming "preachy" or heavy handed. Honest and raw...this film touches nerves most films don't dare go near. It's a bit darker than most but I've never been rocked by a film in such a way and it really stayed with me. Totally original....might freak out older or more mainstream folks..I saw this film with a group of friends and they were equally impressed. Matt Lillard was never better. Check this one out!


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