The Blue Room is a claustrophobic and suspenseful film made by a group of obsessive horror fans who know way too much about David Lynch. It’s no accident that the film is surreal, funny, and—when you think about the ending for a minute—highly disturbing.
The film follows David Chen, a good-natured security guard with an affection for dumb jokes. At night, Chen wanders the halls of an enormous and mysterious research facility. To ease his boredom, he annoys a scientist named Kellar over the intercom. Kellar is named for the great stage magician Harry Kellar, a friend of Houdini’s who enraptured audiences with an astounding illusion called The Blue Room. Soon things begin to spiral out of control in ways impossible to predict, leading to a nightmarish, phantasmagorical climax.
The Blue Room was written and directed by Jesse Livingston and stars Michael Chen as David Chen and Nick Ellingson as Isaiah Kellar. The exceptional chemistry between the two leads brings the story to vivid life, drawing the viewer deep into this eerie world despite the film’s relatively short 29-minute runtime.
The idea for the film came to Livingston when he found a large wooden playing card leaning against the dumpster behind his apartment building. An image flashed in his mind of a man sitting alone in a room and a voice saying, “Is this your card?” From these humble, odd beginnings, the rest of the story unfolded into something unexpected and strange.
The Blue Room captures the feeling you get when you’ve just seen a magic trick that’s completely impossible. Suddenly everything feels unreal, and you wonder for a few moments if you’re really living in the world you thought you were. If you’re lucky, you’ll find your way back to reality. If not, you may find out what it’s like to meet gods who wear masks and hide in the dark, and they may tell you: “When we speak, it’s always tonight.”
There’s only one way to learn the meaning of these words, just like there’s only one way to find out what’s in the box in Room 815… and that’s to watch The Blue Room.
The Blue Room is perfect for fans of David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, Panos Cosmatos, and any other purveyor of the weird and surreal.
The writer/director is available for interviews. Please get in touch with Jesse at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The film will be publicly available to watch starting on October 20th, 2018 on Vimeo and YouTube. The production team is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund post-production and promotion. Please consider posting their Kickstarter link to help support an exciting new voice in indie horror!
Categorised in: Independent Horror Film
This post was written by Nadia Vella