The butterfly room

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  1. deepred

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    wow, that looks interesting. love the cast.
     
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    Positive review from Ain't It Cool News

    "I’m going to tell you right now, put THE BUTTERFLY ROOM on your must see list. It will most definitely be on my Best of the Year list and I feel the need to shout from the rooftops in support of this indie surprise starring some of the greats of the horror genre.

    Mothers have always been a great topic of horror to explore. Be it Faye Dunaway’s evil matriarch in MOMMY DEAREST, Norman Bates’ mom in PSYCHO, or even the creepy mother of two rapist bastards in MOTHER’S DAY, a mom gone wrong is something that always can get under our skins as an audience. Throwing her hat into the mix as one of the all time bad moms is legendary actress Barbara (BLACK SABBATH, PIT & THE PENDULUM) Steele who plays Ann, a seemingly harmless elderly lady living by herself in an apartment complex. By day, she keeps busy cleaning and going on walks, but in the room in the back of her apartment, scary goings on go on and as Ann reaches out to take care of a neighbor’s daughter while she is away, the secrets of The Butterfly Room, a room which has never had a man in it and never will according to Ann, are about to be revealed.

    THE BUTTERFLY ROOM sports a cast of horror heavies the likes of which we rarely see. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET’s Heather Langenkamp plays a protective mother with ties to Ann’s past. Erica Leershen (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, WRONG TURN 2, BLAIR WITCH 2) and Adrienne King (Alice, the counselor who lopped off Mrs. Voorhees’ head in the first FRIDAY THE 13TH), play mothers as well, as does HALLOWEEN & CARRIE’s P.J. Soles and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE’s Camille Keaton. Rounding out the cast is James Karen (RETURN FO THE LIVING DEAD) and Ray Wise (making his second appearance in this week’s column, this time as a nosy handyman). All of these performances are fresh in this film and makes you wonder why these actors and actresses haven’t worked since their iconic turns in these iconic films.

    Aside from gathering a cast to die for, director Jonathan Zarantonello creates an entire fascinating world revolving around Barbara Steele’s Ann. The apartment complex she lives and does her evil deeds in lives and breathes. The intimate close-ups of Ann working on her butterfly collection bring the viewer in uncomfortably close to this bizarre world where beauty is trapped, pinned down, and put on display. The metaphor of butterfly collecting is not an impenetrable one; rather it supplies a fantastic and creepy springboard to bounce Ann’s twisted emotions from. Though it is clear early on that something twisted is going on with Ann, even when the shocks are revealed, they tend to resonate harder than expected.

    Zarantonello also takes some interesting and inventive steps in regards to the industrial beat-filled soundtrack and the leaps forward and backward in time in the narrative. Though this is often a surefire way to lose the reader, Zarantonello is able to lead us along, mainly by focusing always on Steele’s Ann character as the touchstone by which all action in this film stems from. A lesser director would have lost me as a viewer, but Zarantonello is far from a lesser director.

    But this is all Steele’s show. In every frame, Steele exudes power and was even able to pull some sympathy from me as the viewer, even after we see her doing evil deeds. We are with her the whole time as she tries to cover her tracks, reaches out and connects with others, and gets burned for doing so causing her to fight back. Hers is a complex role which is able to ascertain both sympathy and revulsion and Steele hits every note with elegance and charisma.

    I can’t recommend this film more and I can’t wait for more of you to see it so I can dialog about it with folks. It is definitely one of the best of the year in its complex narrative and masterful performances all around. THE BUTTERFLY ROOM is one of those films which taps into the simple horrors: the horror of harming a child, the horror of love not returned, the horror of betrayal, and the sheer horror of becoming exactly like ones’ parents. And it does it so, so very well."

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    Wow I had not heard of this until now - I will definitely need to check this one out
     
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    Fangoria recently did an article about this,sound promising !
     
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    I finally got around to seeing this. First off, it was amazing to see Barbara Steele acting again and she does not disappoint. Even at 75, she holds a strong magnetic presence and is in almost every scene. Unfortunately, I found the movie slightly disappointing as I felt it could have been so much better. It's not an awful movie, it's entertaining and interesting but it's also one where you feel like they could have taken it further.

    I loved the idea of having a little girl exploit older women with empty nest sydrome and then meeting her match in Barbara Steele. It's great to see Adrienne King, Camille Keaton and PJ Soles again ... albeit ... in very small cameo rolls.

    My main problem with the movie was Heather Langenkamp's role. She plays Barbara's daughter but she is given such a small amount of screen time and every time she is on screen she's expected to emote in such a big way that she's never given much balance. I wanted to know more about her and her relationship with her mother. The ending felt kinda rushed
    and I wanted the confrontation between the mother and daughter to be bigger.
    At a run time of about 80 minutes, I felt the story could be expanded.

    All that said, it was a joy to behold Barbara being wicked again and
    watch her whack the shit out of a one legged prostitue with her crutches! :lol:
    Enjoyment of this movie will probably depend on if you dig Barbara Steele and if you enjoy horrors with a feminine slant.
     
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    Anyone else seen this one yet? Thinking of ordering the German Blu-ray which is out in a few days, but not sure about the mixed reviews.
     
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    I didn't exactly love it. Barbara Steele does well and still commands a formidable presence. The climax is somewhat less than what one could hope for, perhaps because there is a limit to how much physicality one can expect of a 74 year old woman, even though she appears to be in great shape. More frustrating for me was how two of the characters, Alice and Claudia, were developed:

    I can buy that a precocious young woman like Alice might prey on the affections of a lonely woman. But there sure seems to be a lot of them prowling the mall. What is their interest in her? Do they all view her as a daughter surrogate, are some of them sexual predators, or what's going on here? There seems to be an alarming number of women willing to finance and care for this strange young woman outside the proper channels. Just seems underdeveloped to me.

    I also have a problem with Claudia being so self-centred and shallow. She could have had a difficult relationship with her daughter and still have been likable. The way she's written, it's almost as if she's been set up so that her death won't get in the way of a happy ending.

    Of course, Barbara Steele is the model of icy elegance is her 1966 Lincoln Continental. I wish she'd driven it in a better movie, though.

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    Watched this last night on Hulu. Pretty much agree with other posters. It has lots of things going on - some is interesting, some is weird, some is confusing. It needed more focus and better direction. Still worth a watch.
     

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