Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 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 at the California-Nevada border, where they meet the hotel's only remaining employee, Miles Miller. Upon checking into the honeymoon suite, Sullivan is revealed to be FBI Agent Dwight Broadbeck, sent to remove FBI surveillance equipment from the room. While there, he discovers additional surveillance equipment of unknown origin. He also discovers a secret corridor from which guest's rooms can be observed via two-way mirrors and filmed via a 16mm camera setup. From the corridor Broadbeck sees Emily committing an apparent kidnapping and reports it to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who instructs him to ignore the kidnapping and to prevent the guests from leaving until the surveillance materials are secured. 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 shows him the secret passageway, explaining that "management" regularly has him film guests' intimate encounters and send the footage to them. Miles admits having withheld one incriminating film of a deceased public figure who'd been kind to him. Meanwhile, against orders, Agent Broadbeck attempts to rescue Emily's hostage, who is revealed to be Emily's younger sister, Rose. Emily shoots Broadbeck, killing him and accidentally injuring Miles who was watching from behind the mirror. An overwhelmed Sweet witnesses the killing. Flynn appears and reveals that he is really a criminal named Donald O'Kelly who was imprisoned after a botched robbery ten years earlier. Recently paroled, O'Kelly returned to the El Royale in priest garb to retrieve the money that his brother Felix had hidden there before being double-crossed and killed after the robbery. Due to O'Kelly's failing memory, he checked into the wrong room and discovered the money was not there. Believing it to be in Sweet's room, he had attempted to drug her simply to gain access to her room. The two agree to split the cash.


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 $31.9 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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