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Watch: Weird, B-Movie Style Trailer For Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 2, 2011 6:23 AM
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So, will Francis Ford Coppola's remix-ready gothic horror pic "Twixt" be a game changer or simply another B-movie with above average talent? Judging by the first trailer for the film -- which is the same footage they showed at Comic-Con just over a week ago -- it looks like it's somewhere in between.

There is a B-movie William Castle-ish vibe that runs through the trailer, but there is something worryingly low budget about the majority of it. Dare we say, at its worst it plays like "Atlas Shrugged." However, the brief glimpses at the darker fantasy scenes are much more exciting, and seem to be the sections that find Coppola at his most inspired and moody with a great, ghoulish atmosphere. Starring Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Bruce Dern, Ben Chaplin, Don Novello, David Paymer, Anthony Fusco and Alden Ehrenreich (who already looks aces as the Flamingo Kid) the story follows a third rate horror writer (Kilmer) with a declining career, who arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl (Fanning).

Overall, we're beginning to wonder if Coppola is getting almost too comfortable being able to self-finance his own films. While Coppola is certainly following his own muse one gets the feeling that with nothing at stake, there is no need for the legendary director to second guess anything he's doing. That, or we hope the stilted line readings are part of the "charm" of the picture.

Boasting a score by electronic musician Dan Deacon, Coppola is planning some kind of tour in which he will re-cut and re-sequence the film fresh for a new audience. He'll hit Toronto in September to premiere the movie. Check out the trailer below, and yes, that's Tom Waits narrating. [via Quiet Earth]

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  • Connor Macgregor | August 9, 2011 5:27 AMReply

    Like the look of this, but i reckon it will be a limited release and if its popular, it will grow in size.

  • theTellurian | August 5, 2011 7:31 AMReply

    Very much in the style of David Lynch.

  • Glass | August 3, 2011 11:10 AMReply

    Val Kilmer is a dedicated actor, gaining all of that weight JUST for this role.

  • larry cohen | August 2, 2011 12:06 PMReply

    dudes, c'mon

    it looks way fucking cool. like john carpenter meets herzog meets god told me to meets i don't know what.

  • JD | August 2, 2011 11:10 AMReply

    When early Youth Without Youth footage showed up on the Hearts of Darkness DVD, it looked similarly amateurish, but by the time the film came out, it was way more polished. The Twixt title card certainly looks awesome.

  • Benjamin | August 2, 2011 8:16 AMReply

    Huh. It'd be weird if this turned out to be his last movie since he more or less started his career with Dementia 13.
    Aesthetically it doesn't really look B-Movie at all, more like direct-to-video.
    To be honest, it kind of reminded me of Mirrormask.

  • rodie | August 2, 2011 7:12 AMReply

    Take a look at the doozy I got in the morgue. Ha ha, love that line.

  • Roark | August 2, 2011 7:05 AMReply

    Looks awesome. Can't wait. And can't believe you think 'Atlas Shrugged' when you think low budget. Looks more in the style of something like Herzog's 'My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done' or 'Inland Empire' to me.

  • rYAN | August 2, 2011 6:44 AMReply

    My god....

    I'm shocked how terrible that looks.

  • beep | August 2, 2011 6:43 AMReply

    Alright, I'll say it: this looks awful.

    Still, there is a little bit stylistically that reminds me of Rumble Fish which is a severely underrated film in the Coppola catalog.

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