We have had a great year in horror. With Conjuring 2, Lights Out, and Don’t Breathe, there have been some really great horror movies.
The Disappointments Room will not be considered in this class.
I did not hate this film. It is not the worst horror movie of the year. But there are a lot of problems with it.
Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and Teddy (Michael Landes) take their son Lucas (Duncan Joiner) and move from the city to a spooky old house after a tragic family event. Dana wants to restore the house while Teddy does something for a job. There are weird things that start happening in the house, including a strange, locked, hidden room in the attic. When Dana went to see one of the weird librarians of the town, she discovered that the room was called a disappointment room. It was where people of wealth would hide away their kids who had deformities or who embarrassed them.
This actual disappointment room was owned by Gerald McRaney, who was a mean judge with a black dog. This was one of the ghosts in this hidden room.
Or was he?
Dana’s character fluctuated throughout the film, changing practically every time she was on screen. She was a tough, no-nonsense negotiator to an unstable psychotic, with stops everywhere in-between.
Lucas Till (X-Men First Class’s Havok) was here as well for some reason. He played Ben, a handy man that Dana either hired or flirted with. I have no idea why he was in this movie. I also have no idea what happened to him. I think he wound up dying, but who killed him or even if he was killed…I don’t have a damn clue.
The film tries to make everything about Dana’s breakdown, which I did actually like, but they did not commit to it fully. They left the possibility that there was more than mental illness at play in this house which dampens the message.
I had never heard about this movie before this past week. Apparently, it had been filmed in 2014 and bounced around release dates after the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Relativity Media. That is never a good sign. This is just another example.