Plot: What’s it about?
Margaret (Daniela Giordano) has just been released from prison and now, she wants to kick off a fresh start at a better life. She soon checks in a boarding house run by a sweet older woman, so she now has a nice place to reside while she settles into life again and makes some plans. So while she has endured some trials of late, Margaret thinks things are looking up, but little does she know what lurks ahead. The boarding house, while serene on the surface, has been the location of numerous mysterious disappearances, all young woman similar to Margaret. And her room happens to be the one that the other women were staying in, though Margaret doesn’t know that, of course. Soon strange events begin to occur and Margaret is haunted by nightmares of all kinds. The truth about the disappearances is that a cult is involved, taking young woman to torture and murder. Will she turn out to be latest victim of this mysterious cult, or can she fight her way to survival?
While not as well known as some giallos, The Girl in Room 2A should find an audience with this home video release. The film has good atmosphere, some memorable characters, and of course, rampant blood and naked flesh. Daniela Giordano is beautiful, as you’d expect from a former Miss Italy, while the cast also includes Rosalba Nelbi, Raf Vallone, and Giovanna Galetti. Galetti’s turn adds a lot to the film’s eerie atmosphere, while the others are solid, but unremarkable. The film also has ample naked women and blood on showcase, which should please genre fans. The tone in serious in most scenes, but there is some unintended humor at times and that only adds to the entertainment value. The movie has all you could want, from blood & sex to surreal moments that have helped it become a cult favorite. The Girl in Room 2A is shown here uncut and uncensored in a striking new transfer, so for genre fans it is well worth a look.
Video: How does it look?
The Girl in Room 2A is presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a remarkable presentation, one that is bound to have genre fans in near disbelief. The print used looks excellent, a clearer and more refined source that I ever expected to see for this movie. There is a lot of grain, but it is natural and rarely lessens the visuals. I found detail to be great, with a lot more depth than I anticipated. The colors look bright and haven’t faded much, while contrast remains crisp and stark. I never expected this movie to look this good and genre fans will be thrilled with this presentation.
Audio: How does it sound?
This release lets you choose between Italian and English soundtracks, with optional English subtitles also included. The tracks sound good, but of course not remarkable. The years have taken a slight toll on the elements, but hiss is minimal and distortion isn’t a concern either. The audio just sounds thin, which is to be expected, given the film’s age and circumstances. Since the audio is clear and suffers from no serious issues, fans should be satisfied.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The supplements include an interview with star Daniela Giordano, as well as the film’s trailer.