Title: Rooms For Tourists

Also known as:
Habitaciones para turistas (Original title)

Year: 2004

Genre: Horror / Slasher

Language: Spanish

Runtime: 93 min

Director: Adrián García Bogliano

Writer: Adrián García Bogliano & Ramiro García Bogliano

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286669/

In a small town near Buenos Aires, five girls have to spend the night together in a Bed & Breakfast type of place due to their train being too early and they end up missing it. When they first arrive to this small town, San Ramon, they can smell something fishy going on, but eventually they accept that they have to spend the night. But someone in that B&B wants them dead. But why? And who is it?

Our thoughts:
Trying to call "Rooms For Tourists" anything but a standard slasher-type film would be absurd. In many ways it's exactly what we have seen before, but with the occasional stylish twist that makes it stand out slightly. I must admit I was disappointed by this movie early on, as the first 30 minutes or so were a real drag. And even when it picks up in terms of murder and plot, it's still not an impressive treat. It's better after those 30 minutes though, of course.

You've all heard the plot; a group of people (in this case, five complete female strangers) arrive in a town that seems a bit off (here, ultra religious). They have to spend the night for some reason (they missed the train) and they have to do it in a scary/sleazy place (B&B). Of course, during that night something terrorizes them (masked killer). "Rooms For Tourists" doesn't offer much more in terms of plot than that, except for the very end where we're given an explaination to it all. Sure, it wasn't a terrible way to explain it, but I honestly would much rather have seen just another 20 minutes of killing than trying to steer the film into a sensible plot, as the entertainment value would've been much greater that way. But I suppose it should be considered a better film for giving us a reason in the end.

The five girls are all fairly annoying at one point or another in the movie, and the acting isn't anything to write home about. But this is fine, I wouldn't expect anything else from an independent slasher film, I've seen enough films to know better. My bigger issue is the fact that the movie at times actually came across as pretty stylish, but at other times just felt like a backyard production again. It was almost as if they changed production team between these takes. But as I came to find out, it was filmed over the course of four years (thank you, IMDb), and that might explain some of this. It's no excuse though.

Now to the good parts; the gore. I really liked the gore in this film, even though it had it's weak parts too. Not only was it pretty well made, but they had some interesting scenes that made atleast the killings fun enough to wanna watch. Some great stabbings here and there through-out the film, along with a pretty cool headshot (but the actual shot, which was through a door, kinda annoyed me). If there is one thing slashers are missing, it's original kills, and this one did offer that on occasions. I would also assume that the film is black and white partially to make the gore work better.

In the end, I wasn't impressed by this little film from Argentina. I can recommend it to die hard slasher fans who love everything from the classics to lesser known titles, but others should stay away. It's really generic and doesn't hold up even though the ending tried to be important and interesting. The far between scenes that came off stylish are forgotten about between all the rest, and the gore alone can't hold up the film. Maybe in a few years I will go back to this film and see if it works better another time, but I highly doubt it.

Positive things:
- Fun gore!
- Has a few scenes that I really enjoyed as they came off fairly stylish in comparision to the rest of the film.
Negative things:
- Feels pretty uneven. Takes too long to get started, then ends too quickly to start giving us a reason for the whole thing.
- The music. The music itself wasn't bad, but it was the way they used it in the scenes. Didn't work for me.
- It tries to hide it, but it's very generic.

Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 1/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 0/5

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