New Release: Chatroom DVD

Chatroom movie scene

Aaron Johnson targets web surfers in Chatroom.

Screen Media released the timely thriller Chatroom, by renowned Japanese genre director Hideo Nakata (The Ring, Dark Water), on DVD on June 14, 2011.

In the movie, William (Aaron Johnson, The Greatest), a dark manipulative teen, opens an online chatroom where he meets Jim (Matthew Beard, An Education), Eva (Imogen Poots, Solitary Man), Emily (Hannah Murray, TV’s Skins), and Mo (Daniel Kaluuya, TV’s Psychoville).

As they become friends in cyberspace, William’s charisma impresses the others and he gains influence over their lives. He targets Jim, who already suffers from depression, setting him on a path of self-destruction. As the other teens discover the truth about William, they must escape cyberspace and find Jim in the real world.

The 2010 British movie premiered in the U.S. on DVD following an international theatrical release and film festival screenings in Cannes, Athens, Gent and Hamburg.

No special features are on Chatroom DVD, which carries a list price of $24.98.

Take a look at the movie’s trailer (if you have the guts):


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.