Friday, 12 July 2013

Horror Review: The Butterfly Room (2013)

Ann, a reclusive elegant lady, with an obsession for butterflies, is surprisingly befriended by the eerily beautiful young Alice. 

To those Horror fans that are craving a Horror film with a brilliant story, great atmosphere and a cut back on the gore, I have found the film for you and it's called "The Butterfly Room".

We are introduced to Ann, an elderly lady who is also very old fashioned in her ways. You're instantly drawn towards her as a character, this is testament to the talent of Barbara Steele. Even at the age of 75 she hasn't lost one ounce of her acting skills that we all love her for and I was so happy to see that. Even at her age she can still outdo everyone else on screen without any effort.

Whilst he film does mainly revolve around Steele's character but we also have the great Ray Wise who I think is a very seriously under-rated actor, Erica Leerhsen who puts in a good performance and we also have Heather Langenkamp who does a fantastic job and it's great to see her back infront of the camera. You'll also see cameo appearances from beloved actresses such as Camille Keaton, P.J. Soles and Adrienne King.

The film is a great mixture of Horror and thriller elements with a splash of Italian Giallo thrown in for good measure. Italian Writer/Director Jonathan Zarantonello does a fantastic job of keeping the film at a stable pace which makes for a great build up to the films climax. This was first English language film and look forward to see what he releases in the future.

I truly found this film a refreshing entry into the genre, in a time where gore and nudity are rampant this film took the genre back to it's roots and gave us a grand and suspenseful plot. It's a vintage Horror in modern times and I loved it for it.

"The Butterfly Room" is a fantastic film and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned story driven Horror.

If you want to see "The Butterfly Room" trailer then just click on the video below:

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