We’re gonna be honest with you: We really, really didn’t like Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s new English-language horror film The Lodge when we saw it at Sundance earlier this year. But a whole lot of other people did, and Neon, a big player in the alt-distribution scene, picked it up for a wide release.
Since its debut in Park City, little has been seen of the film, and it still doesn’t have a solid release date, but Neon is finally ramping up their promotional game, dropping the film’s first poster on Monday and releasing the film’s first trailer earlier on Tuesday (May 7). We pity the fools who decide to go to this thinking they’ll get ski-bunny hijinks, much like in Out Cold, because they might be scarred for life. Or not! This is, after all, “elevated horror” that we’re talking about here.
Check out the trailer:
Anyways, we’ll spare you our bitching about the marketing for this thing (aside from saying that every dollar you spend on this film could be better spent buying copies of The Beach Bum on Blu-Ray for all of your friends and family), and simply say that we hope people enjoy this film. It will be a divisive and weird movie — much like Hereditary was (as it will be inevitably compared to this film until the end of time itself), if that film lacked its ample style and its astonishing lead performance — but we definitely hope it finds the receptive, wide audience that its A24 forbearers did. Anyways, The Lodge does feature a pretty solid performance from Riley Keough (whose actual father acts in the film, which is p. cool, we guess), and it’s got Henry himself, Jaeden Martell (formerly Lieberher) in the cast as well, so if you’re a Book of Henry completist, you’ll want to check this one out.
The Lodge will hit theaters sometime in 2019. Take a look at the poster: