Trailer: New Psychological Thriller ‘Last Night in Soho’ Time Travels to Swinging ’60s London

If time travel were in fact actually possible, we’d probably stop to spend a bit of time with the dinosaurs (we’ve always wanted a pet triceratops), then head straight on to 1960s London – and never, ever leave.

In the new psychological horror Last Night in Soho, this happens to be the “fate” of a young British fashionista named Sandy, who is somehow able to transport herself (in her mind?) back to the bright lights of the capital during that gloriously anything-is-possible decade (sort of a reverse Austin Powers?). Though from what we can discern from the first trailer, things don’t likely work out quite as well for her as we imagine they would for us (“psychological horror” probably gave that away.)

Sandy is played by Anya Taylor-Joy, from Peeky Blinders, and more recently and prominently The Queen’s Gambit. In the trailer we see her go from train platform to spartan hotel room to the scene of a brightly lit West End billboard advertising Sean Connery starring in the latest Bond flick Thunderball – which film was actually released in 1965. She enters the famous Cafe de Paris whilst an eerie version of Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’ plays, and it all just gets really freaky from there.

Indeed, there appears to be more than one version of her, and staring into a shattering mirror may be trying to convey something about a split personality disorder, perhaps? Dr. Who‘s Matt Smith is Jack, a handsomely suited, mysterious figure smoking a cigarette and twirling her around on the dancefloor. But neck bites, burning turntables and flamboyantly extravagant stage performances assure that this will not be just another cryptic thriller. It also scores a few meta points for it being the last film starring the late, great Diana Riggs – who was one of Swinging ’60s London’s most famous and fabulous figures.

Oh, and it’s also helmed by Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, whose upcoming documentary Sparks Brothers has already won rave reviews.

Last Night in Soho will be in theaters October 22 via Focus Features.

Images courtesy of Parisa Taghizadeh / Focus Features

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