Cody Calahan’s latest feature, The Oak Room sees the Black Fawn Films director exploring completely new terrain. This, his latest collaboration with writer Peter Genoway, adapting the latter’s stage play of the same name, earned rave reviews on the international festival circuit last year and is all set to release in the UK.
Far removed from anything Calahan has tackled thus far, this slow burn, Northern Gothic mystery combines the left-field surprises of ‘The Usual Suspects’ with the low-key unease of ‘Frailty.’ Featuring a star-studded ensemble cast including RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Peter Outerbridge (Suicide Squad), Ari Millen (Orphan Black) and Martin Roach (The Shape of Water), the film takes place during a raging snowstorm. A prodigal son (Mitte) returns to his local watering hole and offers to settle a debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story. As simple as that might sound, the night’s events quickly spiral into a dark tale of deceit, mistaken identity and shocking violence.
With the film hitting Digital Download this 26th of April via Lightbulb Film Distribution, SCREAM caught up with Mitte who revealed how Calahan took to this unfamiliar territory like a duck to water and he went on to spill the beans on his upcoming revenge murder shocker, ISSAC…
Words: Howard Gorman