This year’s Comic-Con was predictably more quiet than in years past, so when Francis Ford Coppola announced his revolutionary presentation plan for his next film, Twixt, at the project’s panel, it swiftly turned into the hit of the convention (check out Cole’s wrap-up of the panel here for a bevy of other details and information). Coppola’s plan involves taking his film on the road and editing it as he fits for each individual screening, thanks to his own computer set-up and a specialty program. A lauded director using new technology to flip the script on how movies are shown, paired with some gimmicky 3D face masks and a talented cast, it all sounds like damn interesting stuff, right? So why is none of that innovation even hinted at in the film’s first trailer? Probably because a tiny Francis Ford Coppola can’t shrink down and fit inside everyone’s computer and edit the trailer as he sees fit for each individual trailer-watcher. Or can he? Okay, no, he can’t, sorry to get your hopes up.
In the film, Val Kilmer plays a horror novelist who visits a small town to shill his latest novel. What he finds is a bizarre hamlet not interested in reading about fictional horrors, because they’ve seen some of their own. Bruce Dern plays the town sheriff, who is preoccupied with both meeting Kilmer’s character and getting him interested in writing a book about said murders. Which, obviously, includes a trip to the town morgue and the reveal of a newly dead body. The life of a writer is a strange one.
The trailer shows Kilmer’s Hall Baltimore and his increasingly bizarre writing process as it gets tangled up in the supposed true story of the town’s murders, which may or may not involve vampires and someone named The Flamingo Kid. Oh, and Ben Chaplin as Edgar Allan Poe. But Elle Fanning is definitely there as a dead kabuki girl named “V.” If this trailer teaches us everything, it’s to never, ever go on a book tour. Or talk to a creepy law enforcement official. Or watch a trailer for a film that is almost guaranteed to be more interesting in its final form.