James Franco dipped his toe into the horror genre recently as Dr. Cairn in the dark Gothic The Institute (which he co-directed with Pamela Romanowsky) but it looks like he’s ready to take the plunge with The Vault. I was skeptical when Entertainment Weekly described it as a “terrifying” heist film; I figure it would be, at best, brutally violent. So I was pleasantly shocked when I realized I was watching a trailer for a genuine horror movie.
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It kicks off exactly like I expected, but when bank employee Ed Maas (Franco) takes a crew of armed robbers down to the basement (where he assures them the real money is), all bets are off. This could be a creature feature, human slave horror, or even a supernatural creeper. Have a look and I think you’ll agree: The Vault looks fantastic!
Official Synopsis: Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. But this is no ordinary bank.
The Vault stars Francesca Eastwood (Final Girl) and Taryn Manning (Hustle & Flow, Orange Is the New Black) as estranged sisters, who are forced to rob a bank in order to save their troubled brother, played by Scott Haze (Child of God). The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager (Franco) sends them to a basement-level vault, which, it turns out, is home to something truly evil.
The Vault is directed by Dan Bush, one of the filmmakers responsible for 2007’s quite excellent science fiction-horror movie, The Signal. FilmRise is releasing The Vault in select theaters and on demand, Sept. 1st.
What do you think of the trailer for The Vault? Do you think James Franco can excel in the horror genre? Sound off in the Comments section!