Bad Times at the El Royale

Genre:  Thriller
Running Time:  141 min.
In theatres: October 12, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray: January 1, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.78
based on 106 votes and 42 reviews
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Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Chris Hemsworth


Lake Tahoe, California, 1960s. Several guests arrive to seek shelter at the rundown El Royale hotel, whose main attraction is that it straddles the state line between California and Nevada. The guests include a vacuum salesman (Jon Hamm), a wannabe Motown singer (Cynthia Erivo), a priest (Jeff Bridges) and a hippy woman (Dakota Johnson), who have all brought more than just their physical baggage to the hotel.

Each guest houses dark secrets about their past, which will all be revealed during one fateful night at the El Royale, a hotel filled with secret passages, cameras, and two-way mirrors, so every guest is under constant surveillance. The unexpected arrival of cult leader Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth) proves the tipping point for this wild, unforgettable evening during which alliances will be formed, secrets will come to light, and no one is guaranteed to make it to their checkout time. Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmed in British Columbia.

Director: Drew Goddard
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Drew Goddard, Jeremy Latcham
Screenplay: Drew Goddard
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  • 1 star "Started as a 2 star movie, very slow , if your about 80 or you like the power rangers you will enjoy this movie. They should have hired the person who made the trailer to edit the rest of the movie."
  • 4 stars "This is a rare movie. Rich plot development and good cast. Well acted. I think the people who gave it a low rating, didn't understand it or left before the plot really developed. Truly worth seeing."
  • 3 stars "another psycho without norman bates and other plot twists thrown in."