Shudder Members Make Claustrophoic Film A Runaway Hit!
Covid-19 has claimed numerous creative fatalities but when the world is on shutdown it gives room for Streaming services like Shudder to divide and conquer.
The Shudder original movie The Room has become a runaway hit since it debuted on March 12, easily claiming the top spot as the service’s most-watched Shudder Original film of the year and one of the most watched Original premieres in the history of the service. The film tells the story of a couple, played by Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Kevin Janssens (Revenge), who move to an old house in the country only to discover it contains a room that grants wishes… but with a price.
Shudder General Manager, Craig Engler had the following to say about the film’s success:
“The Room had a strong debut in week one, which is where we usually see the biggest numbers. But in week two the audience grew a staggering 150 percent, and week three viewership was only a hair below that, turning it into a monster hit. There’s something about The Room and its claustrophobic story of a family stuck inside a house under extraordinary circumstances that’s really resonating with Shudder members.”
The Room’s streaming premiere on Shudder on March 12 marked the first time the film had been commercially available in the U.S., Canada or the UK. The film had its world premiere last April at the Brussels International Fantastic Film festival and followed with a successful run on the international film festival circuit, earning Best Feature honors at both South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and France’s Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival. The Room, which also stars Francis Chapman, John Flanders and Joshua Wilson, is Volckman’s sophomore feature. His debut was 2006’s animated feature Renaissance.
In April, Shudder is set to premiere the new docu-series Cursed Films, along with new seasons of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs and Wolf Creek and the Shudder Original film 0.0Mhz, all under the banner of “Halfway to Halloween Month,” the service’s celebration of All Hallows’ Eve in April.
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