ONE HELL OF A NIGHT
Check in to the El Royale for an unforgettable thriller
Every few years, there’s a thriller that grabs the public imagination by the collar and demands attention. From classics like Psycho and Theshining to more recent films such as Inception and Blackswan, they become the number-one subject to talk about, whether you’re at a barbecue or in the office kitchen; miss the latest and you’ll be left chatting to the cheese platter at your next dinner party.
This year, Badtimesattheelroyale– an exhilarating ride with a captivating cast of characters – is bound to be that must-see thriller. The action revolves around seven strangers, each with a secret they’d like to keep buried, who meet in the El Royale – a rundown hotel on the Nevada- California border that has its own dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, each of the guests will have a shot at redemption, before everything goes to hell.
The film features an incredible A-list ensemble, including Jeff Bridges as a priest who moonlights as a bank robber (or vice versa), Chris Hemsworth as a charismatic-but-crazed cult leader (is there any other kind?) and Jon Hamm as a vacuum salesman, if you take “Laramie Seymour Sullivan” at his word – but this is a film full of surprises where nobody is who they seem.
Other big names in the cast are Dakota Johnson, from Fiftyshades ofgrey, and Cynthia Erivo, who won a Tony Award for her role in Thecolour Purple. She makes her silver screen debut as Darlene Sweet, a soul singer who stops at the El Royale en route to a gig in Reno. Well, that was her plan.
Badtimesattheelroyale was written and directed by Drew Goddard, who revitalised the horror genre with his critically acclaimed first film, Acabininthewoods (which also starred a shirtless Chris Hemsworth). This time around he has put a fresh spin on noir classics to create a stylish and thrilling piece of cinema.
While the film’s production was shrouded in secrecy to prevent spoilers being revealed, there’s one thing you can be sure of – you’ll be on the edge of your seat till the credits roll.