Film Title: THE BLACK ROOM
A young couple moves into the house of their dreams which quickly becomes a living nightmare when they discover a dark secret awaiting them in the cellar. It has been locked up for years, trapped inside “The Black Room” and it wants out now! A demon who seduces with unholy pleasures, feeds on fear, and violently kills all who cross its’ path. You’re invited to the open house of the sexiest horror film of 2017! Enter if you dare…
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Natasha Henstridge- (“Species”, “Ghosts Of Mars” “The Whole Nine Yards”)
Lin Shaye- (“Insidious”, “Ouija”, “There’s Something About Mary”, “Kingpin”.)
Lukas Hassel- (T.V.’s “The Blacklist” and “Limitless”)
Dominique Swain- (“Lolita”, “Face/Off”)
James Duval- (“Independence Day”, “Donnie Darko”, “Gone In 60 Seconds”)
Tiffany Shepis- (“Night Of The Demons”, T.V.’s “12 Monkeys”, “Nightmare Man”, “The Hazing”)
Augie Duke- (“Bad Kids Go To Hell”, “Spring”, “Wild Boar”)
Rolfe Kanefsky- Writer/Director
Esther Goodstein- Producer
Kyle Stryker- Director Of Photography
Music by SAVANT
Editors- Jay Woelfel, Brett Synder, Victor Kanefsky
Production Designer – David Dean
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
I (Rolfe Kanefsky) have a been submitting to FirstGlance for years. A long time ago, one of my other films, “TOMORROW BY MIDNIGHT” won Best Feature at Firstglance L.A. so I’m obviously a big fan of the fest.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
My accomplished producer, Esther Goodstein, will be there for the entire festival. I plan to be there on April 21st with much of my cast and hopefully crew as well. Augie Duke, Tiffany Shepis, and fingers crossed, Lin Shaye will be attending. I am planning to fly in from Vegas where I will be directing my latest feature; a fun horror/comedy called PARTY BUS TO HELL!
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
Well, first off THE BLACK ROOM is a horror film and would definitely be rated “R” for everything. It is also a pretty sexy movie and has a good sense of humor too. Since it deals with an evil house, demons, and such, it is definitely a supernatural flick but the people are based in real human emotions. It’s real people in an unreal situation. It is contemporary but has a bit of a throwback 70’s/early 80’s vibe as well. “Amityville Horror”, “The Entity”, “The Legend of Hell House” and “Rosemary’s Baby” were some of my influences in this one.
What should viewers expect from your film?
I hope they have a fun time. It’s a real ride. Scares, jumps, arousal, laughs, suspense. There are a lot of “haunted house” movies out there. I tried to make this different by going back to make this about adult characters. They are a married couple with no children and this evil force manipulates through desire and sexuality. There are very few horror films that embrace this “erotic horror” genre. In the past, we had “Hellraiser”, “The Entity”, “Rosemary’s Baby”, etc…. The 70’s and 80’s didn’t shy away from this kind of material. Today, only television series like “American Horror Story” and “True Blood” deal with this subject matter. I think it’s time for a movie to bring this genre back.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
Sure. I actually wrote the script about 12 years ago. And then last year, a new film company, Cleopatra Records decided to get into the film business and wanted to make some horror films. They read the script, originally called “The Red Room” and loved it. Only change was the title to “The Black Room”. Since we were trying to keep the budget down, we cast the film without a casting director. That made finding some of our “name actors” very difficult. We managed to get Lin Shaye but executive producer, Brian Perera, wanted another strong name. As fate would have it, being in North Hollywood, I went to a CVS one day and found myself on-line right in front of Natasha Henstridge. I recognized her and built up my courage to actually introduce myself. She was very nice and after some back and forth, we ended up casting her in the lead role!
We only had 17 days to shoot this movie and there are a lot of effects in it. Most of them are practical, which was very important to me. Very ambitious and very cool. And some of the effects that were done in-camera really surprise people. They have no idea how we did them without CGI. But the nice thing about having less money is that is forces filmmakers to get more creative. Sometimes, the easier method is the most impressive. This is something many big budget Hollywood films have seemed to forget. Overall, it was a pretty smooth shoot. When you have a great cast, great crew, and have really planned it all out, good things happen. It’s all about the prep. We only ran into a few snafu’s doing post-production since we shot the film in 6K and the size of the files were enormous. But it was worth it. Also, we used these great anamorphic Russian lenses from the 70’s which gave us some amazing flares and a real film look to the whole movie. In actuality, we shot The Black Room on the Red Dragon.
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
I love meeting fellow filmmakers and of course, getting some press and reviews on the film. It’s so hard for independents to stand out from the pack today that any exposure is good. I’d love to win something as well but I’m really looking forward to seeing the reaction from a real audience. This is going to be our World Premiere so I hope everyone has a great time. Laugh, scream, cheer! It’s a fun horrific horror ride and I think a good date movie as well. If there were still drive-ins, The Black Room would be at home.
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
We have a website, www.theblackroommovie.com, my personal website www.rolfekanefsky.com
We also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theblackroommovie/
We also have a cool article on the film in Delirium Magazine #13 that came out last month.
And the big news is that THE BLACK ROOM will be opening theatrically on April 28th, 2017 at the Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills. It will be playing for a week and may expand, depending on interest. A DVD/Blu-ray release should follow in mid-June.
I love horror films and have been lucky to work in this genre many times over the last couple of decades. My first film was a now cult flick called “THERE’ S NOTHING OUT THERE”. I then made “THE HAZING” with Brad Dourif, the Warner Brothers release “JACQUELINE HYDE”, “CORPSES” with Jeff Fahey, and “NIGHTMARE MAN” that was chosen as one of the After Dark/Lions Gate “8 Films To Die For” festival. “The Black Room” is my return to the genre after ten years of making comedies, “BLONDE AND BLONDER” with Pamela Anderson and Denise Richards, a neo-noir “1 IN THE GUN” with Steven Bauer and Robert Davi, a crazy musical “ADVENTURES INTO THE WOODS”, and many female-drive Lifetime thrillers and family friendly comedies like the animated “SPACE DOGS: ADVENTURE TO THE MOON” released through Universal. Luckily, I’m a fan of all movies and love being able to jump from genre to genre. But next up is, a crazy horror/comedy “PARTY BUS TO HELL” about a party bus of sexy young adults on the way to Burning Man when they come across a desert cult of “Hills Have Eyes”-type of nomads. I’m describing it as “RACE WITH THE DEVIL” without the race but with plenty of sex, violence, and rock-n-roll!
1. Tarkus – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Title Sequence)
2. The Black Room
3. Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson
4. Shut The Fuck Up
6. Two Years Later
7. The Basement
8. Mr. Fix-It
11. Morning After
12. Washing Machine
13. Paul’s Possession
14. Lebanese I
16. Fire – Arthur Brown
17. Black Sand – Brainticket
18. Lebanese II
19. Wall Of Pleasure
20. Elephant Man
21. There’s Nobody Out There
22. The Library
23. The Confrontation
24. Prepare Her
25. You’re Starting To Scare Me
26. The Black Womb
27. Let’s Make A Baby
28. End Credits
A supernatural tale where evil takes on a sexy side. A married couple moving into their new home is faced with an entity that feeds off lust and desire, corrupting and/or killing everyone in its path as it plots a horrifying plan to destroy the world. Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye, and Lukas Hassel take the lead, with the supporting cast including Augie Duke, James Duval, Dominique Swain, Elissa Dowling, Robert Donovan, Catherine Annette, Julia Lehman, Lauren Parkinson, Jill Evyn, Michael Reed, Rachel Riley, Nicholas Principe, and Kanefsky’s frequent collaborator Tiffany Shepis (pictured above in NIGHTMARE MAN). Kanefsky also teases that “some surprise music legends” will be showing up.
Directed by Rolfe Kanefsky | Produced by Esther Goodstein & Cleopatra Entertainment
One of favorite indie filmmakers, Rolfe Kanefsky, is back with a new fear flick entitled The Black Room and we have your very first look at what’s to come!
The film is written and directed by Kanefsky (There’s Nothing Out There, The Hazing, Nightmare Man). Produced by Cleopatra Films and The Goods, Natasha Henstridge (Species, Ghosts Of Mars) stars alongside Lin Shaye (Insidious, Ouija), Dominique Swain (Lolita, Face/Off), James Duval (Independence Day, Donnie Darko), Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man, Night Of The Demons), Augie Duke (Bad Kids Go To Hell) Lukas Hassel, (“The Blacklist”) and Robert Donavan, (“Rod Steele 0014”). Also appearing are Julia Lehman (The Burning Dead, Pretty Cool Too!), Elissa Dowling (We Are Still Here, Cheap Thrills), Victoria DeMare (Killjoy series), Rachel Riley, (The Lighthouse) Michael Reed, (The Haunting Of Alice D.) Caleb Scott, Catherine Annette (Lucky Bastard, Sunset Society) Jill Evyn, and introducing Alex Rinehart and Milena Gorum. Even cooler? The special effects will be handled by Dread Central favorite Vincent Guastini.
Kanefsky will be attending a signing of the new Delirium Magazine at Dark Delicacies on Febuary 18th from 2-4 and will be joined by producer Esther Goodstein, and some of the cast: Augie Duke, Alex Rinehart, Julia Lehman, Elissa Dowling, and (tentatively) Natasha Henstridge.
On March 3rd, The Black Room soundtrack will be released by Cleopatra Records featuring a wonderful score by Savant and featuring tracks by Arthur Brown “Fire” (who also appears in the film), Lynn Anderson “Rose Garden”, Brainticket “Black Sand”, ELP- Keith Emerson and Greg Lake’s “Tarkus”.
The Black Room opens theatrically on April 28th in L.A. at the Music Hall Theater. On May 9th, The Black Room will hit iTunes and VOD via The Orchard, and finally on June 18th, The Black Room hits DVD and Blu-Ray with a signing to take place at Dark Delicacies with cast and crew.
A young couple (Natasha Henstridge of “Species” fame & Lukas Hassel) moves into the house of their dreams which quickly becomes a living nightmare when they discover a dark secret awaiting them in the cellar. It has been locked up for years, trapped inside “The Black Room” and it wants out now! A demon who seduces with unholy pleasures, feeds off fear, and violently kills all (Lin Shaye “Insidious” series, Dominque Swain “Lolita”, James Duval “Donnie Darko”, Augie Duke “Bad Kids Go To Hell”) who cross its’ path. You’re invited to the open house of the sexiest horror film of 2016! Enter if you dare…
Being someone who resides in a smaller state lacking any major cities, I’ve never attended a horror film festival before. Such events often aren’t cheap and when you don’t have one playing close by, travel expenses can further complicate things. I can only assume many of you are in the same boat. For some of you, however, Nightmares Film Festival could change that!
While Columbus, Ohio isn’t right next door to me, it’s a hell of a lot closer than most other horror film festival locations and that makes me smile. Nightmares Film Festival will be running at Columbus’Gateway Film Center in just under a month’s time, stretching from Thursday, October 20th toSunday, October 23rd and the folks behind it have been kind enough to share some exclusive information about some of the films set to premiere at the festival…
Exclusive: Nightmares Film Festival Announces World Premieres
“ABCs of Death 2.5” leads stacked slate of debuts in first wave of selections
(COLUMBUS, OH) With its first wave of selections – all premieres – the inaugural Nightmares Film Festival (Oct. 20 to 23) is making good on its promise to deliver a prestige fest with a “worldwide lineup of better horror.”
The Columbus, Ohio-based festival began announcing selections this week, starting with its opening night film: the world’s first and only theatrical screening of ABCs of Death 2.5. The film – which collects the best entries in the “M is For” contest that was run for ABCs of Death 2, and has to date only been available as a Vimeo rental – is a funny, scary, shocking sneak peek at some of the best up-and-coming voices in horror filmmaking.
NFF programmer and co-founder Jason Tostevin said the ABCs of Death 2.5 screening will include a live introduction and Q&A with “M is For” winner Robert Boocheck, who will screen his ABCs of Death 2 winning entry, M is for Masticate.
The festival also announced it will host the world premiere of writer/director Tommy Faircloth’s (Doll Face, Crinoline Head, The Cabin) anticipated new horror feature Family Possessions, starring Jason Vail (Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies), Mark Patton (Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and Leah Wiseman (Dollface) on Friday, October 21. Family Possessions is about a young girl who inherits the mansion of her estranged grandmother, only to discover a long-buried and terrifying family secret.
Now, Nightmares Film Festival is sharing two additional premiere announcements exclusively with Bloody Disgusting:
First is supernatural horror feature The Black Room, written and directed by Rolfe Kanefsky and starring Natasha Henstridge (Species) and Lukas Hassel (Law and Order: Criminal Intent), which will make its world premiere at NFF. The Black Room is the story of a couple (Henstridge and Hassel) whose dream home turns out to have a terrifying presence in its walls, and a nightmare in the basement’s Black Room.
Second is the insane Spanish horror-comedy feature The Night of the Virgin, which will make its North American premiere at the festival. Night follows an awkward guy on New Year’s Eve who’s looking to get lucky, but instead gets a body-fluid-soaked evening in crazytown.
Both films are currently scheduled to make their debuts on Saturday, Oct. 23.
“We are so thrilled at the strength of the Nightmares program. It’s absolutely packed with can’t-miss shorts and features, top to bottom,” said Tostevin. “To us, that reflects both the worldwide talent working in genre, and the way the horror community comes together to support its fests and fans.”
The festival will announce its Ohio premieres later this week, and will then notify all filmmakers of their selection status before Sept. 25.
Nightmare Film Festival takes place at the legendary Gateway Film Center, named a top-20 art house theater on the continent by Sundance. For more information, visit www.nightmaresfest.com, orwww.fb.com/nightmaresfilmfest.
Sounds great to me! A couple of these films were already on my “to watch” list and I’m interested in seeing what other projects are announced to play at the fest. While I haven’t seen any of them yet myself, I can certainly attest to Gateway Film Center being a great venue for such an event. I was lucky enough to catch Baskin there a few months back and their overall programming (both horror and non-horror) is generally fantastic to the point where I wish I owned a teleportation device. If you live in the surrounding area, I suggest making a trip to both this festival and the theater in general.
Rolfe Kanefsky first showed up on my radar when The Movie Channel aired his feature directorial debut, the very funny horror/comedy THERE’S NOTHING OUT THERE, late one night in the early ’90s. I was so entertained by that movie, it was guaranteed that I would be following Kanefsky’s career from that point on. Since then he has made some horror (THE HAZING, NIGHTMARE MAN), some comedy (PRETTY COOL), some Emmanuelle movies, and as it stands right now he has 21 directing credits to his name.
Yesterday, filming began on Kanefsky’s 22nd film, a horror movie titled THE BLACK ROOM.
Written by Kanefsky, THE BLACK ROOM is
a supernatural tale where evil takes on a sexy side. A married couple moving into their new home is faced with an entity that feeds off lust and desire, corrupting and/or killing everyone in its path as it plots a horrifying plan to destroy the world.
A goal of world destruction? The entity in this movie is aiming much higher than the evil spirits in haunted house movies usually do.
Kanefsky is said to be attempting to capture the vibe of being a throwback to classic films like ROSEMARY’S BABY, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, and THE ENTITY.
He has assembled a very solid cast for this “scary, sexy journey into Hell”. Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye, and Lukas Hassel take the lead, with the supporting cast including Augie Duke, James Duval, Dominique Swain, Elissa Dowling, Robert Donovan, Catherine Annette, Julia Lehman, Lauren Parkinson, Jill Evyn, Michael Reed, Rachel Riley, Nicholas Principe, and Kanefsky’s frequent collaborator Tiffany Shepis (pictured above in NIGHTMARE MAN). Kanefsky also teases that “some surprise music legends” will be showing up.
THE BLACK ROOM is being produced by Esther Goodstein and Cleopatra Records.
It’s Kanefsky, and that means I will be watching.