Watch the intense first trailer for Bad Times at the El Royale

Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jeff Bridges star in the latest from writer/director Drew Goddard.

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Adam Woodward

The Isley Brothers’ soul classic ‘This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You)’ plays out over the first 45 second of the official trailer for Drew Goddard’s long-awaited follow-up to his genre-bending 2012 crowd-pleaser The Cabin in the Woods.

The intention is clearly to lull the viewer into a false sense of security, as the song cuts out when a man is shot in the back in a dark hotel room as the rain batters down outside. From here the tone takes a sharp left turn as a sequence of mysterious, seemingly violent events ensues.

Based on an original screenplay by Goddard – his first since The Martian – Bad Times at the El Royale tells the story of seven strangers, each with a dark secret to bury, whose paths cross at a grand but rundown hotel close to Lake Tahoe. The character-driven chamber thriller stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and a mostly-shirtless Chris Hemsworth – and it looks a whole lot of fun.

Bad Times at the El Royale is released 10 October. Watch the trailer below and let us know your thoughts @LWLies

Published 8 Jun 2018

Tags: Chris Hemsworth Cynthia Erivo Dakota Johnson Drew Goddard Jeff Bridges Jon Hamm

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