Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola is back—and he's taking a creepy turn with his latest film, Twixt. The first trailer for the movie has been released, and it features witchcraft, vampires, satanic worship, murder, Gothic makeup and narration by Tom Waits.
Twixt centers on a third-string writer (Val Kilmer)—the bargain-basement Stephen King—and a creepy sheriff (Bruce Dern) who's more interested in gaining fame than solving crimes. The duo are joined by several "imagined characters," namely V (Elle Fanning) and a very convincing Edgar Allan Poe (Ben Chaplin).
Kilmer's character, Hal Baltimore, is in need of some serious cash, so he's forced to write a new horror story to make ends meet. It's within his writing process that we're introduced to all the crazy, seedy, underhanded things that his small hosting town has to offer.
You might be asking yourself, what's Francis Ford Coppola doing making such a convincing yet confusing horror-thriller? Granted, Twixt is very different from most of his works, but he did direct Dracula, and he produced 1994's Frankenstein, Sleepy Hollow and Jeepers Creepers. Plus, one of his mentors is Roger Corman, so are we really surprised by this shift?
Twixt will debut at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 8-18.