"So...that's Twixt? Huh..."
The above is actually probably a fairly generous reaction to the first trailer for Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt. Starring Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, and Elle Fanning, it looks like a fairly whimsical but ultimately flat attempt to cut a corner from that massive vampire movie pie. But that's not the reaction that came out of Comic-Con.
If you were on Twitter or reading any blogs, ourself included, during SDCC, you'll remember that Twixt practically stole the show. People seemed downright intoxicated by Coppola's presentation. Our own David Ehrlich even mused, "In my eight years of coming to Comic-Con, the Twixt panel was probably the nuttiest and most exciting thing I’ve seen." But as you can tell from the trailer above, there's barely even a distant, nougatty cousin of nutty on display. It's just...huh.
Of course, at Comic-Con Coppola wowed the 6,000 people in Hall H by showing his revolutionary plan to take Twixt on the road and re-edit the film live for every screening thanks to a seemingly futuristic piece of software cooked up for this very purpose. And I think we can all agree that is a legitimately exciting idea. Unfortunately, simply being able to liven up the theatrical experience in unprecedented ways doesn't compensate for having footage that isn't, well, lively already.
And speaking of awkward footage, TIFF has released the first clip for Todd Solondz's (Welcome to the Dollhouse) next film, Dark Horse, starring Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow and Selma Blair.