‘Twixt’ Trailer: Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Twin Peaks’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:23 am,

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Ever since he got back to making movies, Francis Ford Coppola’s artistic sensibilities have definitely taken a turn for the more philosophically surreal – as evidenced by Youth Without Youth, Tetro, and his latest project, Twixt.

Coppola showed off footage from his supernatural horror flick at the 2011 Comic-Con last week. Twixt will premiere at the upcoming 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, which has gone ahead and released an extended trailer for the film.

Twixt tells the tale of Hall Baltimore (Val Kilmer), a burn-out supernatural horror writer whose career is on the decline. While traveling through a small California town as part of the tour for his latest book, Hall is approached by local lawman Bobby LaGrange (Bruce Dern) about the possibility of collaborating on a new novel, based on the mysterious local murder of a young girl. Later, in his dreams, Hall is visited by the ghostly V (Elle Fanning), whose own story may or may not be connected to the real-life murder – and could have sinister implications for Hall’s future.

The film was both directed and scripted by Coppola, based on his own short story – itself, inspired by the Gothic literature of Edgar Allen Poe, one of the figures who appears to Hall in his increasingly foreboding dreams.

Check out the Twixt trailer (via TIFF) below:

Only certain portions of Twixt were shot in the 3D format – and, like in his most recent productions, Coppola shot the film in the digital format. Hence why the black-and-white dream sequences are so reminiscent of Sin City, while the real-life footage has that distinctly bright and filtered look that movies shot on (now, increasingly old-fashioned) film stock simply lack. As our own Mike Eisenberg noted (while attending the Twixt panel at Comic-Con), the visuals seem to vary from “stunning” to kind of “cheesy” and “awkwardly digital” at times.

As a whole, Twixt kind of comes off as a weird B-movie, complete with almost dream-like dialogue (which Coppola has already admitted was intentional), surreal subject matter, and an odd yet subtly creepy Noirish atmosphere. More than anything, it looks like the slightly more normal cousin of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.

Fanning and Coppola on the set of 'Twixt'

While Twixt ultimately may not be as effective a Lynchian horror tale as, say, Blue Velvet or Mulholland Dr., it does appear to be one of the more unique films on the horizon. In an age where reboots, remakes, and re-imaginings reign triumphant, it’s hard to be too critical of Coppola for attempting to create something more unusual and personal – regardless of how well it actually turns out.

Twixt has yet to secure an official U.S. release date. We’ll let you know when it does.

Source: TIFF

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  1. Oh my lord…

    I was half expecting the director from The Room to make a cameo. “Oh hi!”

    That just looks really, really awful.

    • I can not believe you made a reference to The Room…way to pull that out of nowhere.

  2. Huh, I would definitely check this out, mostly cause it’s Coppola though.

  3. Was this a joke???
    It looks terrible.

  4. Looks very interesting, will probably check it out.

  5. If it has something In common with twin peaks I’ll probably like it

  6. One of the problems with Hollywood is that very few of the talented actors stop being talented. They get passed over for the flavor of the month and end up in movies nobody wants to see or even hears about. This cast is filled with impressive talent: Kilmer, Dern, Chaplin, Fanning and more with one of the most legendary directors of the past 25-30 years. (Admittedly, I’m interested to see Mr. Kilmer working with his former wife again, too.)

    This movie looks worth seeing, in my opinion.

  7. I didn’t have high expectations going into the trailer after Screenrant described it as a wierd supernatural B-movie.
    But this trailer looked great! A cool mystery, some solid acting, character actors playing quirky characters, Edgar Allan Poe, spooky ghosts… this is a perfect film to be watched close to Halloween!

    • I went in with low expectations as well, and ended up really enjoying the trailer. I’m excited to see it.

  8. I definately will see it. Looking forward!

  9. Just realized that Tom Waits is narrating. Just cause of that I’m sold.

  10. Alan Wake.

    • I was thinking the exact same thing from the very beginning!

  11. Sorsha: What are you looking at?
    Madmartigan: Your leg. I’d like to break it.

    People whine and complain about movies that jsut do the same stuff over and over then something (different?) like this comes along and its I dont want to see this….

    Amazing. Im with Jason I will see this with the wife.

  12. Strange looking…..I will check it out..