The Room and the Horrors of Confinement, Home Ownership, and Child-rearing

The film taps into a several relevant anxieties, including confinement, male control over the reproductive process, home ownership, and the challenges of child rearing. These same anxieties are relevant in countless other horror films, perhaps most notably The Amityville Horror, but The Room’s basic premise offers a unique twist on some well-trodden ground.

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The Fresh Politics of Old VFW

At its core VFW is siege film pitting a group of senior citizens against a group of drugged up pseudo punks. The opening crawl informs us that in the near future the cities have become lawless places of pure violence as the drug HYPE has taken over.

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