Grady Hendrix’s The Black Room is based on his parapsychology experience

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

This is news that slipped under our radar a while back, but a recent Deadline report confirms that the project is, thankfully, still in the works: author / SATANIC PANIC screenwriter Grady Hendrix is writing a paranormal horror film called THE BLACK ROOM that is inspired by his own experience "taking incident reports at a parapsychology research organization in New York City". That sounds like a pretty interesting job to have.

Hendrix is writing THE BLACK ROOM with Nicholas Rucka, who works primarily as an editor. The story is set in the 1970s and centers on 

two rivals – Tom, a disgraced parapsychologist still grieving over the loss of his wife and Peter, his former mentor, now a professional debunker – who investigate a small-town medium who claims she can speak to the dead. Does she really have a gift? And does she know terrible truths about Tom’s marriage? Or is she a con-artist, exploiting one man’s grief and the other’s hunger for fame?

The project is in the hands of producer Jon Shestack and Aperture Entertainment.

I hope to see this one move forward, because the paranormal and a '70s setting go very well together and I'm intrigued to see what Hendrix's own experiences can bring to a story like that.

We'll keep you updated on THE BLACK ROOM when/if there's any further news on it.

Source: Deadline, 2

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