For a movie that cost virtually nothing to make and which has had a decidedly mixed reaction from those who’ve seen it, there’s certainly been a lot written about The Canyons. Whether its director Paul Schrader and writer Brett Easton Ellis’ determination to make it outside the usual studio system, the casting of Lindsay Lohan and reports of her difficult behaviour on set, or indeed the fact it sees hardcore porn star James Deen in his first ‘straight’ leading role, it’s certainly ignited interest.
Now US audiences will finally get to see the movie when it’s released on August 2nd, and to entice people the final poster for the film has been released, which isn’t amazing but is suitably noir.
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.’
You can take a look at the trailer here.