Barbara Steele is first and foremost one of the most recognisable female horror legends. She shot to fame in Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960) and went on to carve a very respectable film career appearing in David Cronenberg’s Shivers, Fellini’s 8 ½ and Roger Corman’s The Pit and the Pendulum. She’s been absent from our screens for far too long, and The Butterfly Room, a darkly humorous melodrama, is the first film she’s headlined for decades.
Ann, an aging yet elegant woman (Steele), 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, where violent tendencies have been lying dormant.
Shot by an Italian director in Los Angeles, The Butterfly Room reads like a who’s who of women in horror in a . Look out for Heather Lagenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Ertica Leerhsen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake), P.J. Soles (Carrie), Adrienne King (Friday 13th) and even Camille Keaton (What Have They Done to Solange & I Spit on Your Grave)!