The neo-noir thriller Too Late is not a horror film per se, but its newly released trailer features a cut set to the soundtrack of 1962’s Carnival of Souls. You’ll find some haunting images in the experimental trailer, and the low budget cult classic horror film plays a key role in setting the mood throughout Too Late‘s climatic set piece at a drive-in movie theater.
The resulting trailer is somewhere between a modern day mash-up and a classical tone poem, as bold as the film itself.
Too Late‘s release schedule is rather bold as well: Breaking with the recent “day and date” model, the film will be screening exclusively in theaters on 35mm across the country. It’s already opened in LA, NYC, and Austin and begins a regional expansion later this month.
Written and directed by Dennis Hauck, Too Late stars (in order of appearance): Crystal Reed, Dash Mihok, Rider Strong, John Hawkes, Vail Bloom, Jeff Fahey, Robert Forster, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Dichen Lachman, Sally Jaye, Natalie Zea, and Joanna Cassidy.
Private investigator Mel Sampson (Academy Award nominee John Hawkes) is tasked with tracking down the whereabouts of a missing woman from his own past. With this familiar setup, TOO LATE takes the spine of the classic private eye genre and tears it to pieces, weaving it back together into a tapestry of Southern California and the menagerie of eccentric personalities and lost souls who inhabit it. From the desolate, overgrown Radio Hill to the ritzy penthouse of The Beverly Hilton, the film presents a sprawling view of Los Angeles that ranges from the undiscovered to the iconic. Ultimately, TOO LATE tells the story of a missing woman but paints the portrait of a lost man.
Filmed in the 35mm Techniscope format, the story of TOO LATE unfolds across five acts, each comprised of a single 20-plus minute uncut shot – roughly the same length as an entire projected film reel – making TOO LATE the perfect vehicle for a 35mm exhibition resurgence.