If Paul Schrader's The Canyons fails to find an audience, it won't be due to lack of buzz. The film, which stars Lindsay Lohan and adult film star James Deen, made headlines due to reports and leaked audio revealing some serious drama on set during production. The film failed to find a spot at SXSW and Sundance, but it did manage to secure a distributer in IFC, and less than a month from its planned release into theaters and Video on Demand, The Canyons now has a new trailer.
So you've watched The Canyons trailer, now what? Wondering what the film is actually about? The trailer does seem to dance around that, going the teaser route with its focus on rundown movie theaters, sex, violence and Hollywood glamour. Written by Brett Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader, The Canyons is about an actress named Tara (Lohan) and Christian (Deen), a "trust-fund dude" who's financing a horror film to keep his father off his back. Tara's helping out with the casting, which puts her in the path of Ryan, an old flame with whom she rekindles an affair behind the back of Christian as well as Ryan's girlfriend Gina. From the sound of it, things take a dark turn from there:
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.
An alternate description of the film says Christian's awareness of the affair "leads the young Angelenos into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature." Writer Brett Easton Ellis, who penned American Psycho, knows a thing or two about exploring the dark side of human nature, so this sounds like it could be familiar territory for the film's writer, albeit with a different different setting to explore. The trailer teases dialog about going to the movies, the fact that no one has a private life anymore, and that we're all actors. And then there's the mentioned sex and violence, though there's a bit more of the former and really just a hint of the latter near the end.
The Canyons arrives in theaters and Video On Demand/Digital on August 2. Watch the high-def version of the trailer over at iTunes.
Will you see The Canyons?