In case you haven’t been paying attention to what’s been going on over at Relativity Media, I’ll give you the short version—they’re scrambling to release their slate of films while in the midst of bankruptcy, now replacing Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake with the D.J. Caruso-directed The Disappointments Room, which was originally going to see a release in November. We first caught wind of the Kate Beckinsale-led thriller two years ago, so it’s nice to finally see it come to light despite the unfortunate circumstances. Penned by Stoker’s Wentworth Miller, The Disappointments Room looks pretty great and the trailer itself doesn’t reveal too much, leaving the intrigue of its true story to really take hold.
And speaking of this one being based on true events, I did some digging and I haven’t been able to find a single story that directly points towards inspiring The Disappointments Room. What I did find, however, is pretty goddamn horrifying. Some believe that during the 1800-1900s, a “disappointment room” was a small room in the attic of a home where mentally ill family members were kept to keep them from being seen by the public. From what I could tell, though, there’s no solid evidence that leans on the real-world practice of a room such as this, so take that with a grain of salt. Hell, I don’t even know if Caruso’s film is based on one of these rumored “disappointment rooms”, but I thought it was worth sharing, so there you go!
The Disappointments Room is out in theaters on September 9th.
The psychological thriller follows a woman who moves into a new house with her 5-year-old son only to discover a secret room within the attic where unimaginable horrors are accidentally unlocked.
It stars Kate Beckinsale, Lucas Till, Gerald McRaney, Mel Raido, Michael Landes, and Ella Jones.