EXCLUSIVE: Cleopatra Films, the movie division of the indie record label Cleopatra Records that is behind the Morrissey biopic Steven, is adding to its newly launched release slate. It has just wrapped production on the horror thriller The Black Room, starring Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye and Dominique Swain. Rolfe Kanefsky wrote and directed the pic, which will hit theaters later this year.
The pic centers on Paul (Lukas Hassel) and Jennifer Hemdale (Henstridge) who have just moved into their dream house. But their happy marriage is about to be put to the test as they slowly discover the secret behind the black room in the cellar. Esther Goodstein and David Skye are producers and Cleopatra founder Brian Perera is executive producing.
Cleopatra announced its presence on the distribution scene earlier this month by acquiring U.S. rights to Steven, the biopic of The Smiths frontman Morrissey starring Jack Lowden and Jessica Brown Findlay. Production is due to start this month from first-time helmer Mark Gill. The division is planning 3-4 releases a year with a focus on indie music and its icons.
It releases the SXSW documentary The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead digitally on May 20 and has partnered with The Orchard on the horror pic Blood Trap for a September 20 digital bow starring Costas Mandylor and Vinnie Jones.