As we all await the eventual and inevitable reopening of movie theaters (maybe in July, maybe not?), all eyes are still on the world of VOD. Wouldn’t you know it, but one of the more successful indie studios, is looking for repeated success at home. It’s also hard to bet against Blumhouse, in general. Even more difficult when they have Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried starring in their latest outing. Which makes it perfect that a trailer for You Should Have Left, dropped today.
Here’s the full official synopsis, because the world is on fire, yet we’re keeping you structure:
“Theo Conroy (Bacon) is a successful middle-aged man whose marriage to his much younger actress wife, Susanna (Seyfried) is shredding at the seams, frayed by her secretiveness, his jealousy, and the shadow of his past. In an effort to repair their relationship, Theo and Susanna book a vacation at a stunning, remote modern home in the Welsh countryside for themselves and their six-year-old daughter, Ella (Avery Essex). What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a perfect nightmare when Theo’s grasp on reality begins to unravel and he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or Susanna have revealed, even to each other.”
So, obviously there’s a lot going on here. It looks slick, atmospheric and Bacon & Seyfried are tuned in. It’s based off a book by German author, Daniel Kehlmann. David Koepp, who wrote Jurassic Park, Carlito’s Way, Spider-Man (2002) and many others, wrote and directed this one. Beyond that, it’s hard to ignore that elements here are recalling other works, whether it’s books or other movies. Now, that can happen during a movie, but trailer forms, that more rare. Yet, to look at this, it’s hard to shake off a sensation of seeing the book House of Leaves, What Lies Beneath and Stir of Echoes, displayed here. The last one makes sense, as Koepp also made that movie, two decades ago, with Bacon playing the lead.
Discounting the déjà vu for a second, You Should Have LeftIS a Blumhouse production, so we’ll be checking it out. Their track record may be hit or miss, but when they’re on, they’re on fire. Which means cross your fingers. Double cross them, for when you realize, the last film David Koepp made…was Mortdecai. Yes, the Johnny Depp mustache fiasco. You Should Have Left hits every VOD platform imaginable, starting on June 19.