'The Roommate' is an auto-tuned horror movie; a mechnically processed imitation of a thriller that is hollow, joyless, lifeless and utterly artificial in origin. This should be of no surprise to anyone who is familiar with Screen Gems' recent line of PG-13 horror movies, 'The Stepfather,' 'Prom Night' and 'When a Stranger Calls.' What is surprising, however, is that all three of those films - which range in quality from passably mediocre to laughably bad - look like inspired masterworks compared to Christian E. Christiansen's unwaveringly vapid attempt to make 'Single White Female' for a new generation.

Minka Kelly stars as college freshman Sara Matthews, a bright eyed beauty from Des Moines who is planning to make it in the big city as a fashion designer. Leighton Meester stars as the titular dorm tenant, Rebecca, a seemingly normal city girl who just wants to be Sara's friend. Of course, "seemingly normal" and "normal" are two completely different things and so we're meant to believe that odd personality quirks like caring when your roommate comes home and not approving of her underage club hoping with similarly under-aged floozies will eventually snowball into some supremely creepy behavior.

It doesn't.
categories Reviews, Horror, Cinematical