Edgar Wright played in the horror sandbox for his classic ‘Shaun of the Dead’, but the director is eschewing the humor and delivering a straight-up psychological horror for his next picture, ‘Last Night in Soho’. There also seems to be an element of time travel. As seen above, Anya Taylor-Joy’s character, Sandy, lives in swingin’ London of the late 1960s, but the movie’s main character, Eloise, played by Thomasin McKenzie, lives in the present, but has an obsession with the ’60s and Sandy in particular.
Speaking to Empire, Edgar Wright explained:
“There’s something I have in common with the lead character in that I’m afflicted with nostalgia for a decade I didn’t live in. You think about ‘60s London – what would that be like? Imagine if you knew everything you knew now, and went back. I’m taking a premise whereby you have a character who, in a sort of abstract way, gets to travel in time. And the reality of the decade is maybe not what she imagines. It has an element of ‘be careful what you wish for’.”
Here is the official synopsis of ‘Last Night in Soho’:
A young girl, passionate in fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
‘Last Night in Soho’ features an all-star cast. In addition to Taylor-Joy and McKenzie, the cast includes Diana Rigg, Matt Smith, and Terrance Stamp. Wright penned the screenplay with ‘Penny Dreadful’s Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Wright cited British horror movies as inspiration– Nicolas Roeg’s ‘Don’t Look Now’, and Roman Polanski’s ‘Repulsion’. While both are frightening, neither is a traditional horror movie, leaning more heavily into psychological terrors.
‘Last Night in Soho’ is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2020. Check back for more information as it becomes available.