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‘Kill Your Darlings’ Trailer: It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Stabs Michael C. Hall

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Well, you gotta hand it to Daniel Radcliffe. His American accent is actually pretty good. Whether he’ll actually pull off a star-worthy performance in Kill Your Darlings is a whole different story, however. Yahoo! Movies has the first trailer. Check it out after the jump.

There have been countless films made about the great Beat poets, but far fewer about the murder of David Kammerer by Lucien Carr. Both men were a part of the same social circles that housed Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, all of whom will be seen in Kill Your Darlings.

And the trailer has a lot to offer (besides Radcliffe’s distinct lack of British-ness). A few early shots show jazz musicians wailing away in slow motion and the stage is set for lots and lots of energetic 1950s-era binge drinking. But once that jazz fades away, it’s replaced with a fairly typical brooding orchestral soundtrack, and the rest of the trailer follows suit. Those last thirty seconds seem like fairly typical courtroom-murder-drama fare, despite all everything those positive critical blurbs might say. Also, Michael C. Hall (as Kammerer) seems to be doing the same ol’ Dexter schtick and trying to hide it with beard hair and period dress. If you’ve seen Six Feet Under, you know Hall’s capable of more than just the same, throaty-voiced menace on display here.

The best part about this trailer is the ending. Radcliffe closes his eyes over talk of a circle being broken. Not coincidentally, that’s the exact same shot that opens the trailer (the dialogue isn’t the same, but the subject is- circle breaking and all that). Hopefully that concept’s a part of the actual film and not just this two-minute trailer.

Kill Your Darlings releases on October 18, 2013.

Adam Bellotto is a freelancer writer from Virginia who moved to California because movies are super neat. His work can also be read at Perihelion Science Fiction and Starpulse, among other places.

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