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
By Mark Asch
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