With the release of Mario Bava’s first film, Black Sunday, the career of Barbara Steele would be forever changed. Her haunting dual performance as Katia Vajda / Princess Asa Vajda solidified her place in horror, remaining one of the most beloved and respected performances in horror history. As her career continued she found herself in countless iconic films, including 81/2 and Pit and Pendulum. However, by the 1980s her career came to a lull. Between 1980 and 2000, Steele only appeared in 5 films, a major change of pace from her prior twenty years.
In 2012, however, Steele returned to Italian Horror with Jonathan Zarantonello’s The Butterfly Room. In a special engagement, The Butterfly Room is set to premiere at The Cinema Village in New York City, Friday, August 8th, where it will begin a limited run of daily screenings at 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. Described as “exquisitely creepy” by Joe Dante and “one of the best films of the year” by Aint It Cool News, The Butterfly Room is sure to be one of the most anticipated horror releases of this year.