If you start a trailer set to the Animals' House of the Rising Sun, you're going to get my attention. Add the fact it's a murder mystery starring Al Pacino and Karl Urban and I'll be buying my ticket before the trailer ends. That trailer is for the new film Hangman.
They synopsis for the film is rather simple:
"A homicide detective teams up with a criminal profiler to catch a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by the children's game Hangman."
The film is being helmed by former stuntman turned director Johnny Martin based on a script by Michael Caissie and Charles Huttinger, as well as Phil Hawkins. Pacino plays homicide detective Ray Archer, who had his badge number left at the scene of a murder. He is teamed with Will Ruiney (Urban), a criminal profiler and they are being shadowed by a journalist named Christi Davies (Brittany Snow). As the synopsis says, there is a notoriously vicious serial killer who is playing a twisted game of Hangman — and it is somehow tied to Archer's past.
It's hard to tell exactly how the Hangman game is working. The game involves guessing letters to try to figure out a word and wrong guess ads a piece to the person being hung until either the word is solved or the person is hung. It's basically what Wheel of Fortune is. But how the killer is using it is unclear in the trailer.
The film will be released on Ultra VOD November 24th, and in theaters and On Demand December 22nd.