When did the horror of a double-booked trip rental change into a factor? It is the hook for 2 new releases, “Barbarian,” premiering later this month, and “Gone in the Night,” directed by Eli Horowitz and starring Winona Ryder and Dermot Mulroney. In Horowitz’s deft thriller (co-written with Matthew Derby), Ryder performs Kath, whose youthful lover, Max (John Gallagher Jr.), disappears into that titular evening.
As they pull right into a secluded cabin, it’s clear another person is already there — one other, youthful couple. Were any of us met with the aggressive disdain Al (Owen Teague) reveals the pair, we’d hop again into our classic Volvo and high-tail it residence, darkish roads be damned. But no. After some prickly negotiating facilitated by Al’s girlfriend, Greta (Brianne Tju digging deep into the guile), Kath and Max keep. Soon sufficient, issues flip frisky and bizarre. As the grownup in the room (growing older is a theme), Kath heads to mattress. When she awakes, she learns from a sullen Al that Max and Greta are gone.
After being stung, then livid, Kath begins to marvel how this abandonment may have occurred. Her must know leads her to the cabin’s proprietor, Barlow (an attractively grizzled Mulroney). They make a likable pair as they got down to resolve the thriller of a jilting. Twists galore observe, the torque of which surprises once more and once more. In an amusing feint at the frenzied finale, the filmmakers leap, with the assist of Ryder’s nuance and aplomb, from one up to date fable to a different, additionally born out of culturally formed cravings.
Gone in the Night
Rated R for tough language and some bloodletting moments. Running time: 1 hour half-hour. Rent or purchase on Apple TV, Google Play and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.