The Cold Room (1984)

Genres - Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller  |   Release Date - Mar 24, 1984 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This chilling made-for-cable production stars winsome Amanda Pays as a prissy English college student who accompanies her estranged father (George Segal) to East Germany in an attempt to reconcile their differences. Shortly after her arrival, she begins to experience intense feelings of cold and dread in their flat -- which eventually progress into strange mental fugues wherein she is apparently transported to the era of Nazi occupation. As her perception of the present begins to unravel, she is thrust into a harrowing adventure involving a young anti-Nazi activist who is being hunted by Hitler's SS. Whether these time-slips are a product of her deteriorating sanity or the result of an actual rift in time is never fully explained -- until the effective climax, in which the parallel storylines intersect. Despite a few vague stretches and some unresolved plot holes, this is overall a well-crafted thriller which plays like a slick feature-length episode of The Twilight Zone.

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time-travel, time-warp, anti-Nazi, college-student, death-squad, Germany, Gestapo, Nazi, sanity, secret-room, student, daughter, father, secret-police, dysfunctional, estrangement, possession