The first official trailer for The Lodge is here, and it’s for horror fans. With elements of The Shining and early marketing that’s reminiscent of those campaigns that worked exceptionally well for Hereditary and Midsommar, The Lodge might just be 2019’s indie horror hit that’s talked about for months and years after its release.
Neon, the production/distribution company co-founded by Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League, acquired The Lodge at Sundance earlier this year, spending a reported $2 million for the pick-up. Produced by FilmNation and legendary horror banner Hammer Films, The Lodge follows Grace (Riley Keough), who’s snowed in at the title dwelling with her two future stepchildren. That’s awkward enough without factoring in that the two particularly inquisitive children discover Grace’s past as the childhood survivor of a suicide cult, but the horror plot thickens when that trauma threatens to resurface.
Also starring Jaeden Lieberher, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, and Richard Armitage, The Lodge is directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy). Look for it in theaters this fall.
Watch the first official trailer for The Lodge below, courtesy of Neon:
You’re not welcome here. #TheLodge is in theaters this Fall.
There’s the obvious award family drama at the core of this thing, along with the father figure’s departure from the lodge for unexplained reasons, but something sinister lurks either in the lodge itself or just outside of it. The very Shining nature of the place itself and its effect on Grace, perhaps awakening her childhood memories, perhaps literally bringing her past back to haunt her in some way, should be enough of a hook to get folks in theaters. Here’s hoping something original comes of all that setup though.
For more of our coverage of The Lodge, be sure to take a look at these recent, related write-ups:
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- 2019 Sundance Sales Lively Thanks to Amazon’s Deep Pockets and Bruce Springsteen (Updated)
- ‘The Lodge’ Review: A Chilling Family Nightmare with ‘The Shining’ Vibes | Sundance 2019