Animal Room

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Misfits

on 12/17/2012

A very dark, sad story about a misunderstood genius becoming the victim of the anti-drug witch-hunt taking shape in America today. Spectacular job by the writer(s) showing the absurdity of classifying ALL drug users into one group. Enjoyable cameo by my favorite fiends. Will definitely be a purchase once the price goes down or I switch to DVD. (side note)- If you're looking for Malcolm McDowell in a jock-strap, you won't find it here. Read More

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Product Overview

Set in the near future, this film focuses on Arnold Mosk (Neil Patrick Harris), a high school student caught using drugs. When he's put in a controversial isolation program nicknamed "The Animal Room", his life is threatened. It is a classroom where no rules apply, where the troubled youth have been isolated and where survival is the name of the game. Arnold is terrorized by the Animal Room's Gang leader Doug Van Housen (Matthew Lillard), a reckless delinquent with little care for life or the rules of society. When Arnold's childhood friend Gary, a popular school athlete, tries to save him all involved are caught in a cycle of violence bringing the film to a near-apocalyptic conclusion.

Specifications

Studio Vanguard Cinema
SKU 40717466
UPC 658769531039
UPC 14 00658769531039
Format DVD
Release Date 8/30/2005
Keywords
Drugs
High School Experiences
Science-Fiction
Thriller
Editors Note
Note In the near future, a student is caught using drugs. He is then put in a controversial rehabilitation program called the "Animal Room" where his life is threatened by the anarchistic youths already there. A violent and apocalyptic movie in the tradition of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, complete with some scenes of graphic violence.
Directors
Craig Singer
Actors
Matthew Lillard
Neil Patrick Harris
Cast & Crew
Amanda Peet - Actor
Amy Vincent - Cinematographer
Craig Singer - Director
Craig Singer - Writer
Craig Singer, et. al. - Producer
Georges N. Krivobok - Production Designer
John A. Gallagher - Executive Producer
Lori Heuring - Actor
Matthew Lillard - Actor
Neil Patrick Harris - Actor
Sabine Hoffman - Editor
Catherine Hicks - Actor
Craig Singer - Producer
Sabine Hoffmann - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 5310
UPC 00658769531039
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource The Onion AV Club
Review A slapdash mixture of Z-grade exploitation and laughable pretension, Animal Room takes place in a nightmarish dystopia where teenagers drink and use drugs, no one pays attention in school, and violence can strike anywhere, even during low-budget recording sessions for the post-Danzig Misfits.
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Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review Set in a future that looks almost exactly like the present, Animal Room is a Clockwork Orange knockoff, originally filmed in 1995, about an LSD-loving malcontent (Neil Patrick Harris) placed in the titular room as part of a high-school program for juvenile delinquents. It's a controversial program--in part because it seems to entail nothing more than sticking a handful of hoodlums in a room with a VCR--that brings him into conflict with the leader (Matthew Lillard) of a gang of toughs. A slapdash mixture of Z-grade exploitation and laughable pretension, Animal Room takes place in a nightmarish dystopia where teenagers drink and use drugs, no one pays attention in school, and violence can strike anywhere, even during low-budget recording sessions for the post-Danzig Misfits. When not stealing blatantly (and badly) from A Clockwork Orange--in one scene, Lillard and his gang terrorize a wheelchair-bound man and his pretty wife--writer-director Craig Singer alternates shakily between brutish nastiness and pathetic attempts at social commentary...Camp aficionados should appreciate the handful of scenes in which Harris wigs out on acid inside an empty theater, in part because his trips look and feel like orange-tinted White Zombie videos, but Animal Room fails even as camp.
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Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Peet,Amanda
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Guilty Viewing Pleasures For those who found "A Clockwork Orange" too preachy and moralistic...
Joseph B. Mauceri, FearsMag ...a tight, tense thriller that looks much bigger than its independent budget.
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