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 a European soul. Italian director Zarantello has created a European feel to this dark thriller even though it is shot in New York. The also brings togethers a number of icons from the world of horror films and in addition to Barbara Steele (Black Sunday, Shivers) also includes such luminaries as Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Heather Lagenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Adrienne King (Friday the 13th), Erica Leerhsen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave) and P.J. Soles (Halloween).
Recommended rating: cert 15