Just seeing the great Barbara Steele on a one-sheet for a new movie is enough to give this writer butterflies in the old stomach, and that’s exactly what we get with this latest slice of artwork. Dig it!
Directed by Jonathan Zarantonello, The Butterfly Room boasts a cast that includes Barbara Steele, Ray Wise, Heather Langenkamp, Camille Keaton, PJ Soles, Adrienne King and James Karen. How’s that for a who’s who of horror stars? Add to that effects done by the Academy Award winning AFX Studio, and you’ve got quite the powerhouse of a project. Follow updates on The Butterfly Room Facebook page.
The movie stars Barbara Steele (Black Sunday, 8 1/2) as Ann, a reclusive elegant lady with an obsession for butterflies. She is surprisingly befriended by the eerily beautiful young Alice. Using her seductive innocence, Alice establishes a disturbing mother-daughter relationship with Ann. Lured into her twisted world, Ann soon discovers that she is not the only recipient of the girl’s affections. Confronted by Alice’s other lady friends, Ann’s shock awakens a dark, hidden past, unchaining a spiral of madness: a series of brutal and bizarre crimes that Ann will have to commit to preserve her harmless and deceptive appearances.
The only one who recognizes there’s something unsettling about Ann is nine-year-old Julie, the daughter of her next-door neighbor Claudia (Erica Leerhsen, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). With the inevitable curiosity of a child, Julie begins to explore the corners of Ann’s apartment, discovering a dark secret hidden in the walls of the forbidden butterfly room. No one believes what she’s seen except for Ann’s estranged daughter, Dorothy, played by Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Horrified, she realizes that the fate of the young girl lies in her hands. To save both Julie and herself, she must summon up the courage to confront an evil that has haunted her for years.
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