NOTE FROM EDITOR, BARBARA ROCHE: Although Reel Chicago primarily covers and promotes films made in Chicago while our sister publication, Reel 360 covers national news, I could not miss this opportunity to promote a Kevin Bacon film no matter where it was filmed. If you have worked in the Chicago film industry for a while, you have probably done a Chicago film with Kevin. I have had the joy of working on three, PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES, SHE’S HAVING A BABY, and FLATLINERS.
We have seen Kevin play the range of adorable, naive young husband and father-to-be, to the most frightening sinister ‘axe murderer.’
In a new psychological thriller, You Should Have Left from Blumhouse Productions and legendary screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Panic Room), Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried star as a couple seeking a restful vacation on an isolated edge of the world only to discover that secrets demand a reckoning … and travel with you.
In this terrifying, mind-twisting tale, a father fights desperately to save his family from a beautiful home that refuses to let them leave.
Theo Conroy (Bacon) is a successful middle-aged man whose marriage to his much younger actress wife, Susanna (Seyfried) is shredding at the seams, frayed by her secretiveness, his jealousy, and the shadow of his past.
Watch ‘A Look Inside’ featurette for YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT
In an effort to repair their relationship, Theo and Susanna book a vacation at a stunning, remote modern home in the Welsh countryside for themselves and their six-year-old daughter, Ella (Avery Essex). What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a perfect nightmare when Theo’s grasp on reality begins to unravel and he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or Susanna have revealed, even to each other.
Based on the novel by best-selling German literary sensation Daniel Kehlmann (Measuring the World), You Should Have Left is written and directed by David Koepp (Stir of Echoes). The film is produced by grandmaster of terror Jason Blum (The Purge and Halloween franchises), Kevin Bacon and Dean O’Toole (Walk Like a Panther), and is executive produced by Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson and Derek Ambrosi.
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried, Avery Essex
Director: David Koepp
Screenplay by: David Koepp, based on the novel by Daniel Kehlmann
Producers: Jason Blum, Kevin Bacon, Dean O’Toole
Executive Producers: Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Derek Ambrosi