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Nicolas Winding Refn Turns to Horror
Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of many styles, has looked to change his genre again, as he is set to direct the horror movie called The Bringing, which is based on a “very scary” script about a fictional hotel, where unsolved suicides occur, forcing a detective to investigate what exactly is going on; however, as the detective becomes more embroiled in the case, he starts to lose his mind and find himself in his own nightmare.
Yes, it does sound a tad like the 1980 Kubrick classic The Shining but this story is based on a real hotel and occurrences. The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles was the subject of publicity last year as one of its guests (Elisa Lam) was found in a water tank.
The Cecil has a history of creepy goings on, as in the 50s and 60s the hotel was known as “the suicide hotel”. Then in the 80s it was where the infamous serial killer “The Night Stalker” called home at one point.
The film has all the makings of a twisted mind trip, with a dark and sinister tone. So, Winding Refn certainly is the right man for the job and he seems to think so too. This is the first ever project he has chased down to direct, whereas usually he writes his own scripts or they are sent to him. That might mean The Bringing’s script could be the perfect match for writer and director.
I know some would say Winding Refn has already make a certain kind of “horror” picture, called Only God Forgives, where it made audiences scared to see one of his films again as they thought it was dull and pretentious; however, I think Refn is a director who seeks to shake things up in every film he makes: some were expecting a kind of Drive tone, and got something more akin to surrealist master David Lynch.
We’ll just have to wait and see if this one will be worth watching, no doubt it will be different as Refn is a man who rightly sticks to his vision. Before the project can begin though he is still in the production stage of, reportedly, another horror film named I Walk with the Dead, set in Miami, and starring Carey Mulligan. It’s exciting times ahead for Winding Refn fans.
If you want a little teaser of The Bringing and how Elisa Lam’s mysterious death inspired the story, check out the video below of one of Lam’s last days in the Cecil Hotel, as she seems to be incredibly distressed while waiting for the elevator to move.