Shudder today announced a theatrical release date for the highly anticipated and award-winning Shudder Original room beginning Friday, September 2nd ahead of the film’s streaming debut Thursday, September 8th A national rollout will follow from Friday 9 September.
The film, written and directed by Jean Luc Herbulot (dealer) was a breakthrough Midnight Madness release at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival before playing at Fantastic Fest 2021, Red Sea International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival 2021.
in the roomShot down after fleeing a coup d’état and kidnapping a Guinea-Bissau drug lord, legendary mercenaries Chaka, Rafa and Midnight must stow their stolen gold bounty, go into hiding long enough to repair and refuel their plane, and escape back to Dakar, Senegal. Taking refuge in a holiday camp in the coastal region of Sine-Saloum, they do their best to blend in with their fellow travelers; including a mute named Awa with secrets of her own, and a cop who may be hot on their trail, but it’s Chaka who happens to be hiding the darkest secret of them all. Unbeknownst to the other hyenas, he brought them there for a reason, and when his past catches up with him, his choices have devastating consequences and threaten to bring hell upon them all.
“room is a bold combination of horror, revenge thriller and African folklore that deserves every praise it’s received at festivals,” said Craig Engler, general manager of Shudder. “We are proud to share with our members and cinemagoers this incredibly original and exciting film, starring the distinctive voice of Jean Luc Herbulot.”
Herbulot said: “I created The Hyenas as a personal gift for my own 7-year-old self who grew up without heroes and for my 37-year-old self who was bored with modern African cinema, and I hope they do today.” can be heroes of many around the world. It is very important to us at Lacmé that this type of story conveys a sense of what African myths and legends can generously convey to a global audience.”
room Stars Yann Gael, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Roger Sallah, Bruno Henry, Marielle Salmier and Mentor Ba. The film is the first production of the pan-African Lacme Studios by Pamela Diop and Herbulot. Diop produced Saloum and executive producers are Hus Miller, Douglas Jackson and Mike Shema. Alexis Perrin and EV.L Prod are co-producers.