Or I guess you need to make sure that you go all-out with the exploitation bits.
this movie doesn't really do either. It tries to be funny, and it gets sort of sexual (to an extent), but it kind of dwells in that safe area between bland and balls-out crazy, when it should have just gone full-blown into "WTF" territory.
Lin Shaye, yells "You can't have her!" They somehow both end up in the basement where they're both sucked into a sex vortex, presumably to get it on with the Sex Demon that lives there. Turns out that decades earlier, a wild gang of hippies conjured an Incubus (Sex Demon) in that very basement, and it's been trapped in the "Black Room" ever since.
|AT LEAST THE SEX DEMON HAS GOOD TASTE.|
|YOU KNEW WHAT THIS WAS.|
|HE'S OPEN FOR BUSINESS, LADIES.|
The main problem I had with this movie was that it tried to do this odd black comedy thing that didn't work very well. It started off in promising fashion, with some spirit terrorizing a half naked girl, and then Lin Shaye showing up and doing her best "I'll banish you to the nether!" routine, but as soon as the main guy got possessed and went around sexually harassing people, it just fell flat. The guy, Lukas Hassel, just wasn't funny enough to pull it off.
Had they played his character straight, and just made him go after women to feed his Demonic urges, it may have worked better overall. It would have been way skeevier and exploitative, but it would have at least felt cohesive and effective.
And honestly, you've got Natasha Henstridge and Dominique Swain in a movie about a Sex Demon, and neither of them get naked? Not that they need to, that's their prerogative, but what the hell?
It's like the whole thing was half sexplotation, and half made-for-Lifetime drama, and it didn't really do much with either side of that coin.
|LIN SHAYE MUST HAVE OWED SOMEONE A FAVOR OR SOMETHING. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY TO EXPLAIN WHAT SHE WAS DOING IN THIS MOVIE.|
|THAT'S A DEMON PENIS.|
|THAT'S THE STUFF.|
The Black Room is available now on VOD.
Natasha, Augie, and Dominique. Those are totally stripper names.