Twelve-year-old Elvira (Wilma Lundgren) heads off to summer camp by herself when her friend becomes sick before leaving. Reluctant to go on her own, she soon makes friends with her roommates Bea (Elena Hovsepyan) and Meja (Ella Fogelström). Just as they’re about to settle into their room, a burst pipe forces them to find a new room. The only one available is room 213, which hasn’t been used for years. From the first evening they spend there, strange things start happening. Elvira’s favourite ring goes missing, along with Meja’s camera and Bea’s pen. Accusations fly, but the thief may actually be the spirit of a girl who passed away over 60 years before.
It’s hard to find a film like Room 213 in the cinematic world now. Scary movies for kids aren’t really something that gets created often. Sure, there are lots of PG-13 options available, but they’re still focused on older teens or young adults. Room 213 is almost devoid of adults, focusing entirely on the regular lives of twelve-year-olds at camp, while throwing in some spooky moments and a bit of a mystery.
Some great sound design is all the film needs to create chills, which should be appreciated by younger audiences who don’t really enjoy the terror that a jump scare can deliver. There’s also a touch of innocent childhood summer romance, as well as how kids deal with each other without the intervention of adults. Older kids may not fully enjoy Room 213 if they’ve been exposed to other horror films, but for those still testing the waters of terror, this is a wonderful place to have lighthearted and fun frights.