Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Drew Goddard.

Official trailers

20th Century Fox on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 released the trailer:
Bad Times at the El Royale | Official Trailer | 20th Century FOX.

Story intro

In 1969, Catholic priest Daniel Flynn, singer Darlene Sweet, salesman Laramie Seymour Sullivan, and hippie Emily Summerspring arrive at the El Royale, where they meet the hotel's only employee left, Miles Miller. Upon checking into the honeymoon suite, Sullivan is shown to be an FBI agent named Dwight Broadbeck sent to remove illegal surveillance equipment of unknown origin in one of the rooms. He discovers that, in addition to his own agency's listening devices, the room has even more devices than those planted by the FBI, apparently from an unknown source. In addition, he discovers a passageway leading into a corridor looking onto two-way mirrors in each of the hotel's rooms, as well as a 16mm camera setup. Broadbeck witnesses an apparent kidnapping in progress in Emily's room; FBI director J. Edgar Hoover instructs him not to interfere with the kidnapping, and to sabotage the guests' vehicles to prevent any of them from escaping. Meanwhile, Flynn invites Sweet to join him for dinner. She sees him spiking her drink and knocks him unconscious with a bottle. Miles finds Flynn and reveals to him the secret passageway, afterwards explaining that "management" has instructed him to film the guests and send the footage to them. However, he chose to hold back one particularly incriminating film reel of a recently deceased public figure. Against orders, Broadbeck attempts to rescue Emily's hostage, who is revealed to be her younger sister, Rose. Emily opens fire on Broadbeck, killing him and accidentally injuring Miles who was watching from behind the mirror. An overwhelmed Sweet attempts to escape in her car after witnessing the murder, but Flynn arrives. He reveals that he is really a criminal named Donald O'Kelly, who was imprisoned after a botched robbery ten years earlier. Recently freed on parole, O'Kelly has returned to the El Royale in priest garb to retrieve the money which his brother Felix had hidden there before being killed in a double cross after the robbery. But due to failing memory, O'Kelly can't recall which room held the cash. He had attempted to drug Sweet to gain access to her room, believing the cash to be buried there. The two agree to split the cash amongst themselves.


Jeff Bridges
Donald "Dock" O'Kelly / Daniel Flynn, a robber masquerading as a Catholic priest
Cynthia Erivo
Darlene Sweet, a struggling soul singer
Dakota Johnson
Emily Summerspring, a "hippie" trying to save her sister from Billy's cult
Hannah Zirke
young Emily
Jon Hamm
Dwight Broadbeck / 'Laramie' Seymour Sullivan, an undercover FBI agent posing as a home supplies salesman
Cailee Spaeny
Rose Summerspring, Emily's younger sister and Billy Lee's accomplice
Charlotte Mosby
young Rose
Lewis Pullman
Miles Miller, the concierge and sole employee left at the El Royale, formerly a sniper in the Vietnam War
Austin Abell
young Miles
Chris Hemsworth
Billy Lee, a charismatic but sadistic cult leader
Nick Offerman
Felix O'Kelly, Dock's brother and criminal partner
Xavier Dolan
Buddy Sunday, a music producer
Shea Whigham
Dr. Woodbury Laurence, a prison doctor
Mark O'Brien
Larsen Rogers, Dock and Felix's accomplice
Charles Halford
Sammy Wilds, Dock's prison cellmate
Jim O'Heir
Milton Wyrick, the presenter at Darlene's show in Reno
Manny Jacinto
Waring "Wade" Espiritu, a member of Billy Lee's cult
Alvina August
Vesta Shears, a singer
Gerry Nairn
Paul Kraemer, a reporter
William B. Davis
Judge Gordon Hoffman


Principal photography began on January 29, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The film Bad Times at the El Royale was scheduled to be released by 20th Century Fox on September 27, 2018 (Fantastic Fest), on October 5, 2018, on October 11, 2018 (Germany) and on October 12, 2018 (United States).

The duration of the film is 141 minutes. With a budget of $32 million, the film grossed over $32 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


Bad Times at the El Royale got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B-" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

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