There’s been a lot of talk about The Canyons, the ultra-low budget movie from writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader. However most of those who’s actually seen it have suggested that while it hints at being something interesting, it’s not been fully realised. Steven Soderbergh even offered to re-edit it, to see whether he could tease it into something better. Schrader rejected the offer though.
Despite the mixed reaction, the talk about the film – from its sex scenes to profiles of Lohan’s difficult on-set behaviour – ensured it got US distribution, and will be in cinemas on August 2nd. Now there’s a slightly pretentious new trailer that seems believe cinema is dead!
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Christian is a young LA trust-fund dude who’s financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back about doing something with his life. He has been dating Tara for about a year — she was an aspiring actress/model who settled down with him when the reality of the business became apparent to her. She’s now just Christian’s bored plaything. Christian’s assistant Gina is casting the film with assistance from Tara. Gina is pushing Ryan, her boyfriend and struggling actor, for the lead. Unbeknownst to either Christian or Gina, Ryan and Tara were a couple three years ago. When Ryan came back into Tara’s life during the auditions for the movie, they reignited their affair. But Christian, a dangerous control-freak, finds out about the affair and starts playing cruel mind games with both Tara and Ryan, which escalate into an act of bloody violence.’