The Black Room (2017 film)

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The Black Room
Directed byRolfe Kanefsky
Written byRolfe Kanefsky
Produced byEsther Goodstein
CinematographyKyle Stryker
Music bySavant
Release date
  • August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11) (Spain)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Black Room is an American horror film written and directed by Rolfe Kanefsky.[1] It stars Natasha Henstridge, Lukas Hassel and Lin Shaye.


Newlyweds Jennifer and Paul have moved into what is meant to become a dream home, only to discover that their basement contains a black room that houses a demonic presence that uses lust and arousal to conquer human souls.



Filming took place during 2016. Esther Goodstein and David Skye served as producers, while Brian Perera executively produced.[2]


The Black Room received a limited theatrical release on April 28, 2017 in the United States, followed by a VOD release that same year. The production company released a trailer for the movie in the weeks preceding the limited theatrical run. was critical of the trailer, as they felt that "From the looks of it, this doesn't seem like anything particular special. There's new horror films being made all the time, and this one seems forgettable despite the marketing."[3]


The film's score was created and performed by Savant, with additional tracks by artists Arthur Brown, Lynn Anderson, and Brainticket. Keith Emerson and Greg Lake also contributed to the soundtrack; their contribution was performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The soundtrack was released via Cleopatra Records.[4]


The Los Angeles Times stated that the film was "unabashedly trashy — with scene after scene of nudity and gore — but doesn’t offer much beyond sensation."[5] Horror outlet was also critical, expressing sympathy for Hendstrige's acting career and writing "It’s filled with poor acting and some bad dialogue. The wonderful practical effects are wasted here. Stick a fork in this turkey, it’s done. Not recommended."[6]


  1. ^ Newell, C. H. (May 8, 2017). "THE BLACK ROOM: Horrifying For All The Wrong Reasons". Film Inquiry. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2016-05-13). "Cleopatra Films Builds 'The Black Room' Into Release Slate". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  3. ^ "Trailer for Horror Film 'The Black Room' Starring Natasha Henstridge". Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  4. ^ "Win a Copy of The Black Room Soundtrack!". Dread Central. 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  5. ^ Murray, Noel (April 27, 2017). "Lust and gore abound in trashy horror film 'The Black Room'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Film Review: The Black Room (2016)". 2018-11-19. Retrieved 2022-03-15.

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