I sing the praises of the creators at Black Fawn Films often, but I continue to be surprised by their output. After a killer 2019, the team is ready to hit the road with their latest offering, The Oak Room, at the Cannes’ virtual film market later this month. It’s being pitched as “No Country for Old Men meets Frailty”, and based on the debut trailer, that doesn’t seem to be too far fetched.

The Oak Room serves as yet another departure from the more traditional horror films that Black Fawn Films has cooked up in recent years (The Heretics, Bite, Let Her Out). Director Cody Calahan teamed up with writer Peter Genoway to adapt Genoway’s existing stage play for The Oak Room into a feature film, and if the 2019 release of I’ll Take Your Dead is any indicator, this is a group that can blur the lines between horror and thriller extremely well.

The Oak Room

It’s a mysterious film, one that Calahan said became more and more personal to him throughout the development process. He says:

“The Oak Room became more and more of a personal project for me after each step of development,” explains Calahan. “My son was born right before we went to camera and a lot of the stories in the film revolve around the relationships that exist between fathers and sons. At each stage of the process, I found myself reflecting on what the mystery of this story truly meant to me. I’m excited to see how it will connect with different audiences out there and what people will take away from it.”

In case a new movie from the BFF crew wasn’t enough, this time they’re bringing along some familiar faces, including actors RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Peter Outerbridge (Suicide Squad, V-Wars) and Ari Millen (Orphan Black, I’ll Take Your Dead).

Check out the debut trailer, below, and let us know what you think. We’ll have a lot more on The Oak Room in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night’s events quickly spin into a dark tale of mistaken identities, double crosses, and shocking violence.