Directed by Kurtis Spieler, “The Dead Girl in Apartment 03” is a fairly good horror story that becomes presentable only for its creepy scores and gloomy cinematography. However, we see many familiar faces in the movie, but whether their performances are up to the mark is debatable. This story is about the survival of a dead girl’s roommate, Laura, whose room is an open place for disembodied spirits. Don’t expect any jump-scares from it, but the dark and demonic atmosphere can give you a bone-chilling experience. But the question is, who are these spirits? What was even the cause of the roommate’s death?
How Did Elizabeth Die?
“The Dead Girl in Apartment 03” begins with eerie suspense where we see a guy (Bryan Manley Davis) being interrogated, and he counterattacks the cop with a question if he does believe in ghosts. And the scene shifts to Laura’s (Laura Dooling) house, where she gets interrupted by a scratching sound. Putting off her earphones, she goes to see where her roommate, Elizabeth, is. But after she opens the door, she sees something terrible. And here come the cops to investigate her roommate Elizabeth’s death, which leaves Laura in utter shock. We see Elizabeth’s corpse with her wide-open mouth and eyes striking out. It seems like she had seen something horrible right before her death. But what could that be? Wanting to know the answer to the question, the cops ask Laura about Elizabeth’s surname, but Laura spells it mistakenly, leading the lady cop detective Richard (Adrienne King) to doubt her relationship with her roommate. But Laura clarifies that they were not so close; she had just moved here a couple of months ago from Massachusetts, and she contacted Elizabeth through an advertisement about her looking for roommates, and that’s how they became roomies. She even says that she saw her a couple of days ago. The lady cop jeered about the perks of living in New York. The cops continue the interrogation, and Laura explains that even though they were roommates, they used to barely see each other as either of them would have different shifts. When being asked about the relatives of the victim, Laura tells the cops about her roommate having a loving and caring boyfriend, who was kind of obsessed with her. Richard assumes that Elizabeth might have died two days before. Finding no trauma and no injury on her body, the cops suspect that Elizabeth might have had a seizure attack as her corpse is left open-mouthed. But it’s hard to declare anything before an autopsy. The other male cop, Millar, who is a bit interested in Laura, gives her a card for the cleaning service and his number if she needs to stay elsewhere for the night.
Later, in the car, Richard warns Millar not to get involved emotionally with any of the girls in the case, as they’re all suspected, and they might turn out to be the culprit in the end, but Millar confidently denies that Laura doesn’t look like a criminal.
Later, we see Laura getting upset and calling her mother. She says how frightened she is to think that her dead roommate, Elizabeth, was there for a whole day or two, and Laura just unknowingly passed by her room. She hangs up and finally musters up her courage to stay there for the night, as she didn’t feel safe contacting that cop, so she calls the cleaning service, and the cleaning service turns out to be unfaithful for not showing up. Meanwhile, right behind Laura, we see someone standing with a broken posture and probably bleeding. The person we’ve seen behind Laura might be the ghost of Elizabeth, which might have chilled our spines.
The suspense of the story continues, and we see Laura herself cleaning the floor where Elizabeth’s body is found. And side by side, we see Richard warning Millar not to get involved with any of the girls from the case. She even shares many strange experiences in her job regarding this issue. Meanwhile, we see Laura calling her ex-boyfriend Christian (Bryan Manley Davis), who can’t talk at that moment because he’s at a party. But the dark undertone and creepy background sound of the movie pull out the tension of the story, and we understand that there is an incorporeal presence in Laura’s room.
The night goes on, and Laura finds herself more alone and scared, so she tells Christian about everything over the phone, asking him to come, but he refuses as they have broken up. This time, as Laura lies devastated in fear, we see a more terrifying figure that looks like Elizabeth’s corpse. Finally, helpless Laura calls Miller and reports that she heard scratching coming from Elizabeth’s room. When Miller and Detective Richard arrive, Laura lets them into Elizabeth’s room, and they find scratch marks behind the door. But as there is still no such suspicion, the police come out of her house. Here in the car, Richard informs Miller that Elizabeth’s autopsy report shows no signs of trauma, injury, medical illness, or any kind of poison, which makes our idea clearer that in Elizabeth’s death, there is no human involved.
‘The Dead Girl In Apartment 03’ Ending Explained: What Is There In Elizabeth’s Room?
By the time we see Laura and Christian, they are actually not over each other as he keeps calling her back and talking about their breakup, but suddenly she hears a knock on the door. She finds it’s Elizabeth’s boyfriend, Derek. When Derek wants to come in, we already don’t like his presence. His uncanny existence and the way of asking Laura about the scratching sound made her uncomfortable. Though it seems pretty natural for a lover to talk about his beloved’s demise, Derek’s ghostly stare would make you feel a bit awkward. Laura, on the pretext of going to the washroom, calls Millar to talk about Derek, but he assures her there’s nothing to worry about him, and she can just tell him to leave. And she has to do so when she finds Derek talking in Elizabeth’s room, saying that he’s sorry and he’d make everything right. Laura finds it weird at this point and asks him to leave. But now she has to make a dumber decision to pretend she is smart. She goes to her dead roommate’s room to search for something that could help the cops. While Elizabeth’s room is shown, it already gives off a dark, demonic vibe due to the red lighting. Inside the room, we also find weird things that prove that she was into satanic cults or was a member of them. Like, a pentagram-drawn book, Satan’s wings on the wall, creepy dolls, and weird symbols drawn on her floor, everything gives off the aura of her being a Satan worshiper. Not just the viewers, but Laura gets it too, and she sends the picture of the symbol she captured on her phone to Christian, asking him about that, but he doesn’t have any clue either.
Therefore, when Laura finally gets up to do some further research, the spirit enters her room and puts off the light. Frightened, Laura lights an electric lamp and calls Christian, and with his encouragement, she goes downstairs to the basement to check the meter box. But there, we see a demon being kept inside a room right behind Laura. Meanwhile, on Google, Christian finds what the symbol indicates, and it says that the symbol is used to summon the demon named Myzraak, who gives love and obsession to the person you want to be with, but it’s dangerous. Immediately, Christian calls Laura and leaves her a voice message about the danger, but it looks like Myzraak is already there behind him.
Back here, we see Laura panting hard and finding her way to sort everything out. While entering her room, she sees Elizabeth’s creepy dolls and a deer skull-masked man inside her room. When afraid, Laura asks him to leave her. She even finds Elizabeth’s ghost behind her. We finally see the masked man is Derek, which we already sensed before. Derek ties Laura with a chair on the Symbol of Myzraak and confesses the truth. He says that it was Elizabeth who summoned the demon to make Derek obsessed with her, which gets granted, but as an offering, the demon took Elizabeth’s life. Now Derek, who is intensely obsessed with his dead girlfriend, wants to offer Laura’s body to bring her back. While he sets out to stab Laura, from behind, Detective Millar shoots him to save her, but eventually turns out to complete the offering ritual for the demon. And now we see Laura becoming Elizabeth. It seems like Richard’s warning against Laura comes true, but sadly, Millar might not be alive to share this experience with anybody in the future.
But what happens to Christian? We don’t know how the demon finds his victim, but we see Christian while getting interrogated by the cops. The demon even attacks him while standing right behind his back. But it’s still questionable why the demon attacked Christian. Was it Laura’s inner wishes to make him obsessed with her, or when searching for the symbols, Christian unknowingly offers himself to get his ex-girlfriend back? It might be many things. But sadly, this is the end.
The film starts with the potential to scare the audience but ultimately fails to give even a somewhat melancholy feeling. Due to the absence of puzzles and mysteries, the movie remains just an attempt at making a good horror story. But “The Dead Girl in Apartment 03” does well with its eerie background score and dark undertones in the cinematography. However, the film’s budget was very low, so it almost continued as a one-location movie. It doesn’t seem fair to say if this movie is a waste of time but at the end it still doesn’t make you reflect at all which you usually expect from a good horror movie.
“The Dead Girl in Apartment 03″is a 2022 Drama Horror Film directed by Kurtis Spieler.