The series is about as basic as you can possibly get really. Take four people, put them in a room and make them do really awful things to one another. This review could almost just be a list of the foul things that you’ll see enacted on other human beings, since that’s essentially the only reason any of us go into a movie like Red Room 2. I won’t deny it, it’s the same reason I sought it out as well. You don’t go into this expecting atmosphere or creepy scares, that’s for sure. Going back to the first flick however, I always kinda found myself impressed with the fact that despite it not even being necessary for what these filmmakers were looking to achieve – there were some decent ideas at work. Although this time out the ideas aren’t as original, it’s pretty much reworking a lot of the basic ideas the first one pioneered. I still like the concept though and especially the conflict between the four characters. I might even say that this group is slightly more interesting than the first time out. The movie is told out of chronological order, with us getting to see a horrible act happen inside the cage and then a follow up sequence that was shot right before the game started. So, in one scene we might see a rape going on but as soon as that is over we might see the cult follower having a conversation with the silent young man who just doesn’t care. It’s a back and forth bit that actually works for the movie and gives us in the audience a chance to regroup between all of these scenes of thoroughly messed up stuff going on.
The shot on video aesthetic adds an extra layer of seediness to the movie. In this day and age where we polish up every single little thing that our eyes take in for consumption, I actually am glad to watch something that no matter how great or cleaned up (and it does look great) the image may be: It still just looks cheap. That actually works in this environment though, because if ever a movie didn’t need much polish it would be this one. Actually, if this thing were on some grey market VHS tape like back in the day, I can imagine just how much creepier it would have been. Not to put down on the DVD or its properties, thank goodness we have companies like Unearthed out there to release these movies because otherwise we would all just be left guessing at what the plot really is all about. Still, these movies were made for tape trading and it’s unfortunate that the scene has all but died out. All of this talk about video quality and lack of polish, I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea. There actually is some style to be found in Red Room 2 believe it or not. Any movie taking place in a Red Room just HAS to have some kind of artistic thought process going on behind it. The movie cuts back and forth between traditional set-up shots, like over the shoulder views and such, and shots that are supposed to resemble security cameras along the walls. One would assume, that if this were a TV show that these cameras would be how the viewing audience were to see the program. However, during this second film it seems less likely that this is actually on television in the world of the movie. I think if there was any single contestant who had won it three times, that Kyoko would have immediately been recognized as a celebrity.
A list of a few of the crazy things you’ll be seeing in Red Room 2: facials, closeups of ejaculate, fisting, nose torture, vomit, the eating of vomit, rape and all sorts of other fun stuff. That’s not even really spoiling anything. You know that this movie is going to feature as many repulsive moments as you could possibly shake a stick at. Sitting through these things and having been witness to them is the actual reward of the movie. My opinion on it is this – It’s an extreme exploitation movie made for generally one purpose: an endurance test. No, it’s nowhere near the most disturbing movie ever made but if you’re looking for a really crazy flick to have on your shelf that will mess with all of your friends, it’s hard to go wrong with Red Room 2. A better sequel, in my opinion, but it is about as stripped down as you could possibly get. I give it a three out of five. It’s really solid for what it is with at least a cohesive narrative. The acting is pretty bad by conventional standards and the FX can be a bit hokey, but it’s low budget splatter/disturbing fun. Definitely netflix this one if nothing else.