The Shuttered Room

Synopsis: In a small island off the American coast, the Whateleys live in an old mill where a mysterious bloody being creates an atmosphere of horror. After her parents get killed by lightning, young Susannah is sent to New York by her aunt Agatha, who wants her to avoid the family curse. Years later Susannah, now married, persuades her husband to spend a holiday in the abandoned mill. Once on the island, Susannah and Mike soon find themselves exposed to the hostility of a gang of thugs led by Ethan, Susannah's brutal cousin...
Genre: Horror
99 min



God bless mommy.

God bless daddy.

And God bless

Aunt Agatha.

God bless

Aunt Agatha.

There's a good girl.

Into bed now.

There you are.

There you go.

Night-night, Susie.

Night, mommy.

She's going to be

a beauty, isn't she?

Of course, dear.

A beauty.

[door creaking]



Daddy! Daddy!

Aah! Aah!


You've left that door

unlocked again.

You've left that door

unlocked again!

No! No, John!

Please don't be violent.

No! No! No!

No. No. No.

Please. No.

[mother crying]



This way.

Easy. Come on. Come on.

[door locks]


Please stop!

I'm sorry.


I don't want

to go back there.

That's all

there is to it.

The nearer I--

The nearer I get,

the worse I feel

about it.

Isn't it stupid?

No, it's not stupid.

You must think you married

some sort of nut.

Hope not.

Why am I so scared

of going back there?

I was a little girl.

I don't remember


My mind's

a total blank.

Blanks are

rarely total,

And I don't think

your mind

Is as blank

as you'd like it to be.

That's your trouble.

Are you going

to insist

Upon being older

and wiser?

I don't need it!

What was that

about a cigarette?

It'd be the easiest thing

in the world

To turn the car around

and go back to New York.

Oh, Mike...

I don't deserve you.

I'm just an ignorant,

overemotional juvenile.

No, you're a highly

intelligent young woman.

At least that's

the impression I had.

If I find I'm wrong,

I'll throw you

in the nearest ditch

without a backward look.

I don't believe you.

You'd look back.

Maybe one quick glance.

To see if I hurt myself

when I hit the ditch,



[music plays]

Anybody home?

[horn sticks]

[horn turns off]

Lookin' for somebody?

Yes. Are you the gentleman

who runs that ferry?

That's right.

Could you take us across?

Don't lead nowheres.

The other side's

the ocean.

No hotels

nor nothing.

How much for the trip?


Come on, Barry.

Looks like

we got business.

$10. He saw us coming...

For Miles.

Come on, fella.

What are you

waiting for?

Ha ha ha ha ha.

Come on. Don't be

scared, mister.

You ain't going

to hurt her none.

Ha ha ha ha.

So long, fella.

Thank you.

Thank you.

[horn honks]

Hey! Hey, buddy!



Hey, move over,

will ya, man?





Oh! Oh! Oh!

What'd you let go for,



Is he going

to be all right?

Yeah, sure.

He scratched himself

on a piece

of barbed wire.

That's careless.

Oh. I wonder if you

could tell me

Where I could find

Zebulon Whately.

Yeah, sure.


How many guesses

do I have?

He's in the forge.

Thank you.

If you can walk

that far.

Thank you.


Mr. Whately?

Mr. Zebulon Whately?


Can I be of help?

Mr. Whately?

Lots of people around here

named Whately.

I'm looking for

a Mr. Zebulon Whately.

I think that's the way

you say it. Zebulon.

That's correct.


Where could I find--

I'm Zebulon Whately.


Hey, this is crazy.


You folks on one of these

"see the USA first" tours?

I mean, this ain't

exactly no beauty stop.

At least not until

you came along.

Well, I was born

on this island.

My name is

Susannahh Whately.

You're kidding?

I'm glad to know you.

You might say

we're related.

I'm married

to your niece.

My niece?

She's in the car.

Would you like

to say hello?


The one that was raised

in New York?

Why'd you bring her here?

Do I have to have

a reason?

If I were you, mister,

I'd turn

that pretty car around

And go right back

where you come from.

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August Derleth

August William Derleth (February 24, 1909 – July 4, 1971) was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos and the Cosmic Horror genre, as well as his founding of the publisher Arkham House (which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in hardcover in the US that had only been readily available in the UK), Derleth was a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biography. A 1938 Guggenheim Fellow, Derleth considered his most serious work to be the ambitious Sac Prairie Saga, a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew. Derleth can also be considered a pioneering naturalist and conservationist in his writing. more…

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