Drew Goddard is responsible for some of my favorite projects of the decade: the meta-horror of The Cabin in the Woods, the humanist sci-fi of The Martian and two of the best episodes of one of the best shows ever (The Good Place).
And since his Oscar nomination for The Martian and his work on Netflix's Daredevil, he's cashing in his chips for another idiosyncratic dark comedy.
Bad Times at the El Royale takes the paranoid, nothing-is-what-it-seems vibe of Cabin in the Woods and moves it to '60s hotel on the California-Nevada border. The guests are all checked in, but there's something sinister going on, and a charming bad guy (Chris Hemsworth) headed into town.
The guests waiting for things to get worse include Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Jeff Bridges as a killer priest. Relative newcomers Lewis Pullman (Lean on Pete) and Cynthia Erivo (the upcoming Widows) co-star as a bellhop and visiting singer, respectively.
Set to the Isley Brothers' soul classic "This Old Heart of Mine," this is one of the best-edited trailers I've seen so far this year, and gives away just enough to keep the mystery intriguing, without spoiling every twist. And I'm reminded of one of my favorite underrated movies: James Mangold's Identity.
Bad Times at the El Royale hits theaters on Friday, October 5. Check out the poster below.