The Forbidden Room

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The Forbidden Room may frustrate viewers looking for a linear experience, but those seeking a challenge -- or already familiar with director Guy Maddin's work -- will be rewarded.

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A submarine crew, which has been trapped underwater for months, encounters a strange woodsman. Though the vessel is doomed, the crew may be making its way towards the origins of its fears.

Cast & Crew

Louis Negin
Marv, Smithy, Mars
Udo Kier
Count Yugh, The Butler, The Dead Father
Gregory Hlady
Jarvis, Dr. Deane, A Husband
Mathieu Amalric
Thadeusz, Ostler
Noel Burton
Wolf, Pilot, The Captain
Geraldine Chaplin
The Master Passion, Nursemaid, Aunt Chance
Evan Johnson
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Guy Maddin
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Robert Kotyk
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Critic Reviews for The Forbidden Room

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (3)

  • What Maddin & Co. have invented here ranges from Freudian horror to childish naughtiness.

    February 18, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's an exercise in high kitsch which enraptures at first, but becomes increasingly enervating the longer it lasts.

    December 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Maddin remains a unique treasure, and The Forbidden Room is one hell of a trove.

    December 10, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Forbidden Room is a fun ride for cineastes and was much fêted at festivals. Whether it will appeal to mainstream taste with its insane mash-up of B movie-style parody, silent-movie intertitles and jungle vampires is anyone's guess.

    December 10, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

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  • It is sometimes brilliant and sometimes boring, but even the boring parts have an eccentric sparkle.

    December 10, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Guy Maddin delivers another of his wild and whimsical fantasies, tinged with camp and couched in the film grammar of silent cinema.

    December 3, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Forbidden Room

  • May 07, 2016
    It works as a strange object of curiosity more than anything else - an empty exercise of style that could have been at least amusing as a short movie but remains only overdone, impenetrable and interminable as it is, and an insufferable waste of time that doesn't have anything to say.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2016
    I feel I should review this simply to counteract the acclaim this film has received thus far. This film is an annoying mess, and anyone who tells you otherwise is just working off of the knee-jerk pretension this type of homage invokes. Nothing happens, you get a headache, and, if you're lucky, you fall asleep. I don't understand why this has been reviewed so highly, not because of my incredulity at it being a passable film, but simply because I don't think most reviewers were physically present or of sound mind for the viewing. Take for instance: "The bad part is that at over two hours long the film is not that good." - David Lewis - Certified fresh review. "...overlong and messy" - Conor Bateman - Certified fresh review. "An exhausting and overwhelming film to experience" - Philip Concannon - Certified fresh review. "Dense and lacking... playful quality" - John Fink - Certified fresh review. Ok, I'm making a stretch, but I couldn't stand this film. What a pretentious waste of technique. It's like Silver Globe or Zardoz with less purpose and more migraine.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2016
    A fever dream withing a fever dream. This film exudes its utter passion for the creation of art, and utilizes the language of film to tell several unique stories that seem to fall deeper and deeper into each other. It is a love letter to the art of making films, and its rare to see such fierce film making that is at one point clinging to its own snowballing coherence and at another, reaching out to communicate so effortlessly, a simplistic message to its audience.
    Hayden B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2015
    This weird avant garde like picture, is the type of film that will appease as well as wet the likes of David Lynch, but hardly anything allegorical compared to Alejandro Jodorowsky. The entire film plays out with many different plot and story threads loosely connected as if it's a bunch of stock footage smashed together, to try and make some connection. Whether it's expressed through words on screen or acting counterparts, the plot an narrative are incredibly hard to follow, but kind of make a thoughtful connection as if the audiences are in some LSD trip. If that's the type of film you like, you may enjoy it a lot more than I did, it just didn't seem to fit together in my case and would maybe give it another viewing a couple if not several years from now to try and make some intellectual sense.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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