After watching the tense trailer for Jonathan Zarantonello's The Butterfly Room you have to ask yourself, what kind of parent would leave their child in the hands of Barbara Steele? It's bad news for little girls and their dolls.
The cast is a who’s who of women in horror including Camille Keaton, Adrienne King, P.J. Soles, Heather Langenkamp, Erin Leehrsen and Barbara freakin’ Steele. It’s like a scream queen convention in movie form.
A few years back I spoke very briefly with Camille Keaton about her small role in The Butterfly Room and what she told me is a total spoiler, so click here to read her interview at your own risk.
As a fan of any movie that involves psychotic women, especially one that puts so many crazy women together on one screen, it looks pretty amazing. Read the synopsis and watch the trailer:
Ann, a reclusive elegant lady, with an obsession for butterflies, 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, her next door neighbor's daughter.
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. 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.
With special effects created by Academy Award winning AFX Studio and elegant and refined visuals, in contrast with the sickness of the story, the Butterfly Room is an all female story, an American thriller, with an European soul.