Halloween is approaching and movie lovers will be able to seize the opportunity to concoct themselves a movie night in front of a good movie. This year forget the Gore films, the zombies, the living deads and the vampires and steer you towards a more subtle choice where you’ll find the chills without swimming in a pool of Hemoglobins.
Seven years after the amazing Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard, returns with Bad Time at the El Royale, a thriller filmed « in camera » mixing mystery, violence and voyeurism with an eclectic and charismatic cast: Jeff Bridges as an enigmatic priest, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as a cult guru, Jon Hamm (Don Draper in Mad Men) as a vacuum seller, Dakota Johnson as a vengeful woman, and Cynthia Erivo as a damned singer.
It is certainly no coincidence that the writer and director of Bad Times at the El Royale is Drew Goddard, who before making the Cabin in the wood, also made his debut by writing series like Buffy the Vampire or Slayer the mouth of hell. For Bad Time at the El Royal, Goddard places the film in a Hotel The El Royale, (a former favorite spot for stars) on the border of Nevada and California, near Lake Tahoe. There, seven strangers, each one with a secret to bury, will have during a fateful night, a chance for redemption … before leaving for hell. What if the hotel was a substitute for purgatory, where sinners are sent when they are not bad enough for hell and have the chance to win paradise and what if hell was the others?
Bad Times at the El Royale speaks of both a world willing to redeem its sins and the will of humanity to find salvation. An ambitious and compelling film, a profoundly strange and wonderful realization about forgiveness, and who we really are and that suggests that redemption is maybe possible even for those who have committed the worst sins.
Release time and places – Cinemas HCMC