Bad Times at the El Royale Review

Drew Goddard’s Bad Times At The El Royale is Tarantino Lite, but not as an insult. Crooked paths collide in the heart of Lake Tahoe’s hospitality crossroads. Drifters clutch onto secrets – in addition to the hotel’s own chequered history – and that’s expected, but buildup material is often more exciting than any elongated payoff. For a twisty border-straddling government conspiracy thriller, Goddard plays it a wee bit safe. Maybe another character stereotype or two could have livened the party up? As is, unsavory room renters are mere vessels for Vietnam war rhetoric and an inevitable gyration by virtue of Chris Hemsworth’s always-unbuttoned Abercrombie model look.

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bad times at the el royale featurette

It’s clear from the trailers so far that Bad Times at the El Royale is going to be loaded with twists and surprises. A new Bad Times at the El Royale plays the mystery factory up considerably, as the cast and crew vaguely talk about how wild and crazy everything is…without giving anything away. Watch the Bad Times at the El Royale featurette below.

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Bad Times at the El Royale interviews

In June, I visited Lake Tahoe, California to attend an early press day for Bad Times at the El Royale, a new crime thriller from writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). That’s the setting for the new film, a mystery that unfolds in 1969 and centers on a run-down motel on the state line between California and Nevada. That duality is an integral part of the movie – characters aren’t always what they seem, and their shaky allegiances can switch sides in an instant when things go wrong (and naturally, things go very wrong).

During the junket, I jumped in a small boat and was taxied out to a yacht on Lake Tahoe, where I interviewed Goddard about why surveillance plays a large part in his movies, how he makes movies that reveal more layers on multiple viewings, and more. I also had the chance to speak with stars Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, and Jeff Bridges about the details in Goddard’s script, how the setting informed their physicality, and a lot more. Read More »

bad times at the el royale trailer

Drew Goddard gives new meaning to the term “hotel horror stories” with the trailer for his stylish new thriller, Bad Times at the El Royale.

The Cabin in the Woods director’s latest film features a frequently shirtless, sometimes wet, Chris Hemsworth as a cult leader who descends upon a strange novelty hotel and its unsuspecting guests, played by Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, and Cynthia Erivo. Now, a new Bad Times at the El Royale trailer invites us in to be part of the whole star-studded affair.

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Fox has set some new release dates for two of their films: the stylish Bad Times at the El Royale, and the Amy Adams-starring The Woman in the WindowBad Times has moved back a week, and Woman in the Window will arrive in October 2019.

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X-Force secret weapon

Early this week, I traveled to Lake Tahoe to cover an early press event for Bad Times at the El Royale, a 1960s-set crime drama written and directed by The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. I spoke with Goddard on camera about his new movie (we’ll be publishing that video closer to the film’s release), but I caught up with him a few minutes after we recorded the interview to ask whether or not he’s directing a recently-announced Cloverfield movie. He also told me about his secret weapon for the upcoming X-Force movie. Read More »

Bad Times at the El Royale interview

Cynthia Erivo is on the rise, and she’s about to have one hell of a Fall. The British actress/singer is set to appear opposite Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, and more in Steve McQueen’s gritty heist film Widows in November, but first, she’ll make her big screen debut in Bad Times at the El Royale, a 1960s-set crime drama written and directed by Drew Goddard that features a fantastic ensemble cast of its own.

Erivo, who recently made a big splash on Broadway in The Color Purple, puts her singing voice to good use in Bad Times by playing a soul singer named Darlene Sweet. During an early press event for the film this week, I spoke with her about her character’s relationship with Jeff Bridges’ duplicitous priest character, how the cast’s dynamics change as the movie hurtles toward its conclusion, and more. Check out some highlights from our chat below. Read More »

bad times at the el royale trailer

After making a splashy directorial debut with the subversive horror film The Cabin in the Woods, not much had been heard from Drew Goddard. The longtime Joss Whedon collaborator dabbled in TV (Daredevil), and wrote some Oscar-nominated screenplays (The Martian), but he didn’t yet give fans what they wanted: his second feature film. Now, six years later, he finally unleashes Bad Times at the El Royale, and boy, does it looks like he’ll deliver.

Reuniting with his Cabin in the Woods star Chris Hemsworth, Goddard gives us a deliciously sinister horror-tinged noir, which follows a group of seven strangers who are about to experience a night of unsuspected mayhem at a strange, rundown hotel. You can watch the new red band trailer (and a tamer green band version) below.
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X-Force movie

20th Century Fox is developing an X-Force film that’s going to be written and directed by The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard, and while making the press rounds to promote his next movie (a small crime thriller called Bad Times at the El Royale), Goddard has revealed his approach to tackling the superhero sequel. Read about his reaction to Deadpool 2‘s big twist, how he’ll handle the fallout of that film, and more in this X-Force movie update.

Warning: spoilers for Deadpool 2 below.
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Bad Times at The El Royale first look

We’re only a few months away from seeing a new Drew Goddard movie, and the film’s first official image has arrived. A batch of Bad Times at The El Royale first look photos are here, and one features star Chris Hemsworth showing off his ripped abs as he stands in the rain.

What’s that? You’re not even reading these words right now because you’re already looking at that photo below? Yeah, I’d probably do the same thing if I were you. Read More »