Following their release of Don’t Open Till Christmas, Mondo Macabro continue to hail sleaze-meister Dick Randall as a Corman-esque uber-producer with the DVD debut of 1974’s The Girl in Room 2A. An Italian production directed by William Rose (an NYC-based director who Something Weird has paid tribute to with past releases), Girl is a horror-tinged giallo that is most interesting for its retro costume designs, bonkers score, and failure to establish a confidant tone. Margaret is released from prison where she was being held on false drug possession charges. She takes up residence in a boarding house-type building that happens to play host to a sadistic cult led by a gimp-like luchador who jabs and cuts topless young women with a pointy stick. Margaret wants to get to the bottom of her surroundings, it takes forever for her to do so (a couple of the surreal detours are somewhat interesting though they end up muddying the plot more than anything), and everything climaxes in a strange daytime-set sequence set to a jazzy score that feels like it was lifted from a completely different film. Not quite a disaster, but an easily forgettable watch.
The film is available to watch in both English and Italian and boasts scenes that weren’t originally included in the film’s foreign prints.
Special features: There’s what appears to be a somewhat recently filmed interview with star (and former Miss Italia 1966) Daniela Giordano, an interesting text-heavy About the Film section, a theatrical trailer, and the standard Mondo Macabro previews.
The Girl in Room 2A debuts on DVD this Tuesday, March 27.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.