Wednesday, 4 November 2009

In Post Production: Shutter Island

Early, now discarded, poster for the US release of Shutter Island (USA 2010).

Martin Scorsese's new film, Shutter Island, based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River; Gone Baby Gone), is due for world-wide release in February 2010. Shutter Island stars the by now Scorsese-regular Leonardo di Caprio in the role of a US Marshall, investigating the disappearance of a murderess from a hospital for the criminally insane, located on Shutter Island, Massachusetts.
In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Scorsese said that the films of Jacques Tourneur (Out Of The Past; I Walked With A Zombie; Cat People) guided him, serving as a visual inspiration for this, his new film. And indeed rumour has it that the film's main location, Shutter Island hospital, is so scary that it makes the hotel in The Shining make look like Disneyland. Hyperbole? Although the film's trailer certainly suggests that we're in for a scary ride, I wouldn't have associated it with the dark, sultry horror of Tourneur. See for yourself (trailer below).

Leonardo di Caprio as Marshall Teddy Daniels in Scorsese's upcoming Shutter Island

Trailer for Shutter Island (USA 2010):