Movie Review: ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

“Bad Times at the El Royale,” a film by writer-director Drew Goddard, is a highly-stylized trip through the ’60s, and, reflective of the decade itself, equal parts beauty and shocking violence.

The story follows a group of wayward travelers who arrive separately on the same afternoon at the El Royale hotel. The hotel is located in woodsy Lake Tahoe and straddles the California-Nevada border. Indeed, it’s split down the middle with a bold red line of demarcation, selling guests on the novelty of sleeping in one state or the other (California is going to cost you a bit more, be warned). This kitschiness made the hotel a hot spot for gambling and good-timin’ in the past, but by the time the guests arrive, it’s seen better days.

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