Must Watch: Jonathan Liebesman's The Killing Room Trailer
We finally have a trailer for Jonathan Liebesman's The Killing Room starring Peter Stormare, Chloë Sevigny, Timothy Hutton, and Nick Cannon. I'm breaking my own rules and featuring this even though it's going straight-to-DVD, and that's because it's one of the films that has stuck with me the most since I saw it at Sundance earlier this year (read my review here). I've been waiting for the opportunity to share it with everyone and we finally have a trailer. It's set to come out on DVD in October (order it here). Apologies for the poor quality and the distortion - we'll update it when a better version is available. Check it out anyway!
Watch the trailer for Jonathan Liebesman's The Killing Room:
A paid psychological research study turns out to be a brutal, classified government testing program.
The Killing Room was directed by South African filmmaker Jonathan Liebesman, of Darkness Falls and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning previously, as well as the upcoming Battle: Los Angeles. The screenplay was co-written by first-time writer Gus Krieger and Ann Peacock (Nights in Rodanthe). This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year but didn't have any luck with a distributor. The Killing Room unfortunately is not heading to theaters, but will be available on DVD starting in October.
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
Wow wow wow, this looks AWESOME. Its great when such a low budget film can come out of nowhere and blow people away. Just like CUBE did 10 or so years ago. Small budget, small set, great film. Cant wait to pick this up. Such a shame it couldnt hit the bigscreen.
Marcus on Aug 3, 2009
I'll watch it when I wake up later...looks interesting enough.
Chris W on Aug 3, 2009
coswell on Aug 3, 2009
Acutally you can already rent it at Blockbuster. It came out like 3 weeks ago. Its part of their "Exclusives" line up which they get early. Honestly- wasn't that great, but worth picking up if its a slow evening.
Parker Anderson on Aug 3, 2009
Yeah, I read that there are lots of plot holes and mediocre acting...
Chris W on Aug 3, 2009
In a time when everything is remakes, no original feature should go straight to DVD.
Fuelbot on Aug 3, 2009
The Extreme Stanford Prison Experiment
Colin on Aug 3, 2009
'We keep on playing those mind games together...' More guinea pigs than Richard Gere's house, looks pretty bad, that's a late night nothing better on the tv film if ever I saw one.
Crapola on Aug 3, 2009
It's funny you post this, I just watched that movie last night on DVD. I skipped over it at the video store because I had my doubts about Nick Cannon but the movie held up. Overall, good movie.
MK-Ultra on Aug 3, 2009
I love Peter Stormare -- he can bring some great creepy understated intensity (Fargo, Minority Report, Constantine). And Chloë Sevigny is usually pretty interesting in her choice of roles. That this is compared to Cube turns me off. I watched Cube and Hypercube and both turned out to be complete wastes of time. I normally like movies like this but both of those had nothing to offer in the end. Hopefully this is better.
cajaygle on Aug 3, 2009
Nick Cannon looks fucking crazy!
That Awesome Norwegian Guy on Aug 3, 2009
fuck nick cannon - dave chapplle looks like a rip off of something, but if its on dvd....it might be alright...
Stan 'The Viewers Choice' Morrow (Facebookme!!!) on Aug 3, 2009
rented it and saw it... it was meh. I don't know how it could stick with you because i honestly forgot it 3 days after watching it. very mediocre
DoomCanoe on Aug 3, 2009
I saw this movie at Sundance and it was awesome! Can't believe it's a straight-to-DVD release!
Greg Hernandez on Aug 3, 2009
Nned to check Netflix. Something looks predictable but idk, I'll check it out? Bad acting. Fucking Timothy Hutton is in it along with Peter Tamare!
Tra la la la la di da on Aug 3, 2009
this movie proves that you dont have to have huge set pieces to make a great film
Darren on Aug 3, 2009
I just added it to my Netflix
Richard on Aug 3, 2009
Anything with Peter Stormare is a masterpiece.
nem on Aug 3, 2009
thanks alex i never heard of it now i want to see it
ferman on Aug 4, 2009
that looks amazing. i must see this.
dave13 on Aug 4, 2009
So, I just finished watching this... Very bland, would be a total waste of time if it weren't for that ending.
Chris W on Aug 4, 2009
we already have this at blockbuster.
Lacey on Aug 4, 2009
Reminds me of the music video of Benny Benassi - "No matter what you do"
AprilCoolsDay on Aug 4, 2009
Yeah Lacey already said it but it's been out at blockbuster for over 2 weeks now
Kyle on Aug 4, 2009
Nick Cannon??? Are you joking??
Sancho on Aug 4, 2009
Did any of you read the text at the beginning of the movie? post #9 did, they're on the up. This movie was based on a top secret us government project called mk-ultra. Any "official" info about the project was destroyed before the projects termination. These things happened. So, as ok as the acting was and as meh as the movie was, it's more so the actuality of it. The movie won't win an oscar, but it'll open some eyes.
Ali Handro on Aug 4, 2009
The original was much better. Everyone woke up in the room not knowing how or why they were there. You didn't find out about the girls involvement until the end of the movie. I think I understand why it's going straight to DVD. Everytime we, America, try to remake a foreign film, we fuck it up royally...ie, the Spanish film Rec., and all the Japanese films. It seems to me that film studios are so concerned with the bottom line that they are not willing to take a risk. Ten SAW films?...come on.
Defeatedfrog on Aug 7, 2009
'Das Experiment' comes to mind. How much this covers the infamous 'MK-ULTRA' projects? Well, I guess I'll find out in oct, I've pre-ordered it. If anyone wants to read more about MK-ULTRA, well, there's the web. And tons of pdf's to DL on torrent sites or try some of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA
David Banner on Aug 8, 2009
ARE THEY REMAKING THIS? IF SO, WHAT AN INSULT TO HIS CAST. THIS JUST APPEARED IN THE UK. Sent: Thursday, 20 August 2009, 11:29 CLOSING DATE: Thursday, 17 September 2009, 23:59 Re: New Roles ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ASAP PLEASE NO SCRIPTS AVAILABLE. Please no phone calls to pitch talent until the week of 8.3.2009. We need time to get through all the submissions.... ALL TALENT MUST BE LEGAL 18 yrs old! and must be completely available from early SEPTEMBER 2009 until JANUARY 2010. UNTITLED MAN-BREAK PROJECT (Eight Roles) (Feature Film) STORY LINE: In need of some ready cash, four unwitting volunteers sign up what they believe is a paid marketing study -- only to realize that they are being used as subjects in a deadly, classified psychological government program. Based on true events... SAG Written By: Gug Krieger and Ann Peacock Script is not available at this time. Producer: Management 360's Ben Forkner and Guymon Casady, Eleven Eleven Film's Bobby Schwartz and Ross Dinerst Director: Jonathan Liebesman Location: Location: New Mexico Dates (Shooting, Rehearsal, etc.): Principal photography is set for October 8th 2009 Role: CRAWFORD HANES (Male) Description: In his 40s, he's an ex-con with a weathered face who has seen his share of hard times. Estranged from his young daughter, Crawford takes whatever jobs he can to help support her, and thus is an experienced guinea pig when it comes to participating in psychological studies, for the compensation. This time, he signs up for what he believes is a marketing study to make a little extra cash, only to realize that he and his fellow volunteers are now subjects of a barbaric government program. Cool-headed and resourceful, Crawford bonds with young Paul Brodie to plot an escape -- but their frantic efforts to survive the study may all be part of a cruel master plan...LEAD (7) Role: PAUL BRODIE (Male) Description: Age 22, he's a tall, thin, gangly youth with an unmistakable Goth look and "the troubled eyes of a lost boy." From a fractured home, Paul is also unemployed and trying to raise a little much needed cash. Another volunteer for the paid "marketing study," Paul is also horrified to realize that he's being held captive as part of a deadly and covert government program. Panicky and dangerously impulsive, Paul nonetheless performs an ultimate act of sacrifice and courage in a futile attempt to spare Crawford, his partner in adversity...LEAD (8) Role: TONY MAZZOLA (Male) Description: This darkly handsome, 30ish man volunteers for the study because his car got towed and he needs some cash to bail it out. Trapped in a dangerous situation he never anticipated, Tony initially dismisses certain incidents as a hoax, but soon realizes that his peril is all too real. Tough and courageous, he makes a daring attempt to resist, only to be severely injured in the act. Demoralized but not defeated, Tony battles against cruel fate, but the deck might be stacked against him...LEAD (5) Role: DOCTOR PHILLIPS (Male) Description: In his 50s, this charming, self-confident government researcher puts his group of volunteers at ease -- before initiating his shocking covert "experiment." Anxious to determine the breaking point of individuals under extreme duress, Phillips has absolutely no morals or compunctions hindering him in his inhumane objectives. A family man, Phillips fancies himself a patriot who performs his atrocities in the service of his government. He hires Emily for his top-secret project, convinced that, despite all her compunctions, she's just the right woman for the job...LEAD (1) Role: EMILY RILEY (Female) Description: A strong, aggressive, brilliant and completely self-confident woman in her late 20s, she's full of nervous energy and ambition. Emily's Yale thesis on the process of decision making has attracted Doctor Phillips' attention. She's thrilled to be offered a job in Phillips' top secret laboratory, but her excitement soon gives way to dawning terror when she realizes the nature of his experiments. Yet underneath the terror lies an undeniable psychological fascination that Emily ultimately can no longer deny...LEAD (1) Role: KERRY ISILANO (Female) Description: 30 to 42, another graduate of the school of hard knocks, this woman has an eager-to-please smile that doesn't quite mask her inner desperation. Also in need of some ready cash, Kerry volunteers for the experiment -- a fatal mistake, as it turns out...1 speech & 8 lines, 1 scene (5) Role: FEMALE NURSE (Female) Description: 35 to 40, this nurse hands out reams of paperwork that the volunteers must fill out before the experiment begins...7 lines, 1 scene (5) Role: GUY WITH SHAVED HEAD (Male) Description: 30 to 45, this bound and terrified individual with a shaved head yells out a warning to Paul...1 line, 1 scene (88) Role: LEADS #3 AND #4 (Male) Description: 18-24. Identical twins. Harvard seniors who are Olympic-class rowers. Incredibly good-looking with the physique of serious athletes, the twins are in no way arrogant or obnoxious and like playing by the rules.
WHAT?! on Aug 20, 2009
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