When you see the acting in this new teaser trailer, you may be wondering what sort of dreadful rubbish this is, but the hamminess is very deliberate, with the vlack & white photography giving this a hint that this a take on cheesy 1950s b-movie noir melodrama, but with a more modern take on sex and relationships.
As the trailer points out, it was partly funded by Kickstarter, but while that’s a platform that usually reserved for unknown filmmakers, this one if directed by Paul Schrader (screenwriter of Taxi Driver),with a script by American Psycho’s Brett Easton Ellis. They went to Kickstarter as they were afraid of the type of censorship traditional funding normally demands.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘The Canyons is a contemporary L.A. noir from director Paul Schrader, writer Bret Easton Ellis, and producer Braxton Pope about the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally, among a group of young people in their 20′s and how one chance meeting connected to the past unravels all of their lives, resulting in deceit, paranoia, cruel mind games and ultimately violence.’
Lindsay Lohan stars opposite James Deen – a man who made his name in hardcore porn but is now going legit.