Bad Times at the El Royale - Movie Synopsis & Plot
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption... before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.
In Jim Thompson's 1958 novel The Getaway (a monastic read - don't sweat it if you've never heard of it) he created the fictional fugitive resort community he christened 'The El Rey.' (translation: The King) A sanctuary south of the border where those on the lamb could parcel out a 30% portion of their loot for safe haven from the law. Quentin Tarantino borrowed the idea later in his script for From Dusk Till Dawn as the pastoral destination for the Gecko brothers. Essentially The El Rey is an allegory for purgatory. The last stop before the literal last stop. Limbo with a limbo line if you will. In Drew Goddard's sophomore film he's calling this place The El Royale. The kindred harbors both hinting at a lurid, underworldly monarchy. Entertaining the condemned regality of mad dogs and rats, and the secrets key to the survival of the hoodlum species.
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