Ethan Hawke in the Debut Trailer for Ti West's 'In a Valley of Violence'

July 19, 2016

In a Valley of Violence Trailer

"Don't worry everyone, you are gunna see a fight!" Focus World has unveiled a trailer for the new film from acclaimed horror filmmaker Ti West, titled In a Valley of Violence, his first foray into westerns. Ethan Hawke plays a "mysterious drifter" named Paul who makes his way through the desert with his dog, Abbie. During a trip through a big valley, they come upon a town called Denton and end up in trouble with the town's Marshal, played by John Travolta. The cast includes Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga, Burn Gorman, and James Ransone. This looks like a solid, violent western with some great dialogue, but it seems like your standard revenge story and not much more. I still really want to see it, especially because his dog looks so adorable. "Those men left me with nothing, I'm going to leave them with less." Have at it.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Ti West's In a Valley of Violence, originally from

In a Valley of Violence

A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog Abbie (Jumpy) make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey they cut through the center of a large valley – landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton – a place now dubbed by locals as a “valley of violence.” The once popular mining town is nearly abandoned, and controlled by a brash group of misfits and nitwits – chief among them, the seemingly untouchable, Gilly (James Ransone) who is the troublemaking son of the town’s unforgiving Marshal (John Travolta). In a Valley of Violence is both written & directed by American filmmaker Ti West, of the films The House of the Devil, Cabin Fever 2, The Innkeepers and The Sacrament previously. This first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, and also played at BAMcinemaFest and Fantasia. The film opens in select theaters + on VOD starting October 21st.

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You gotta love clash between John Travolta and Ethan Hawk where E. Hawk looks more bad ass than Travolta. Twenty years ago that was quite the opposite. I mean, on the other side, the plot is pointless, like, 'this is god awful day and we have to do some shit and hey there's a stranger, let's fuck something up ...' But watching those two might be cool. If nothing else ...

shiboleth on Jul 19, 2016


In his heyday, Travolta was too pretty to be a threatening. Hawke, on the other hand, has always had that uncanny effect of looking like he is about to explode.

DAVIDPD on Jul 20, 2016


Oh, I can agree with that, too, But ... Let's add more to it. Let's not forget Face/Off, that was almost twenty years ago, right (1997.)? And Travolta was really wicked and bad ass in there. And Broken Arrow. And, huh, Pulp fiction. Right. Well, as for Ethan Hawk, I will never be able to erase his confusion and some timidness in Gattaca. And Before Sunset and so on. Many layers, more that we saw it at first, wouldn't you agree?

shiboleth on Jul 20, 2016


Ethan Hawk has never played a villain. He doesn't have a villain face. He looks more like an anti-hero or a fish out of water.

tarek on Jul 21, 2016


Hahahahaha, I like that fishy thing about him. But yes, he played a serial killer in that movie with Angelina Jolie (Taking Lives) and he was the vicious villain there ... I guess he had to catch up ...

shiboleth on Jul 21, 2016


I suppose. I was first exposed to Travolta in GREASE, which we can agree is far from intimidating. I first saw Hawke in TRAINING DAY, a badass role if there was ever one. Travolta has the ability to be intimidating but always plays the role one dimensional-ly. Hawke's approach is more subtle and creepy, which I like.

DAVIDPD on Jul 21, 2016


Nicely described. I am inclined to agree with you on this one David. I could even say that your description of their acting technique is also visible in this trailer. Cheers David...

shiboleth on Jul 22, 2016


Damn, Ethan Hawke's already in another western tho?

Brandon on Jul 19, 2016


Looks like it was made for $1000. How low has Travolta sunk?

evilED on Jul 19, 2016


Not very low, actually. Saw it at SXSW and he's really, really good in this. Hawke and the dog are terrific also. Fun little western.

Movie Bear on Jul 21, 2016


For Johnny Boy, this actually looks like a half decent movie.

Carpola on Jul 21, 2016


There really should be a Gatling gun in there somewhere.

Sharkman1963 on Jul 20, 2016


Well, Magnificent Seven has it which means it's already taken. Sorry, wait for the next one ...

shiboleth on Jul 20, 2016


so a Western John Wick? ...I'm down for that.

Mr_Grumpypants on Jul 20, 2016


You mean someone will kill his dog?

tarek on Jul 20, 2016


don't they kill the dog in the trailer? I thought that's why he wanted revenge.

Mr_Grumpypants on Jul 20, 2016


I can't check the video right now. But if that's the case, then that's a stupid ripoff.

tarek on Jul 20, 2016


Interesting tone they set here. All the goofy stuff with the dog. Then the serious acting by the unhinged baddie...I don't think this was particularly good, but I will see this due to my love of Western films and West's directing.

DAVIDPD on Jul 20, 2016


I noticed that many nowadays posters are borrowing a lot from the 70s style. Which is great.

tarek on Jul 20, 2016


Now if they'd only shoot it in B&W and on film....

RAW_D on Jul 20, 2016


In B&W? I didn't say the 50s. ;D

tarek on Jul 20, 2016


I envisioned "Dead Man" with Johnny Depp when I made that comment...

RAW_D on Jul 21, 2016


Well, movies starring Johnny Depp should all be in B&W anyway, to avoid overcolor bleeding.

tarek on Jul 21, 2016


Speaking of Johnny Depp, just watched Black Mass the other night. I'm betting that watching it in B&W would add a WHOLE other element of intensity to his portrayal of Whitey Bulger....

RAW_D on Jul 22, 2016


I'm always down for a solid western. Not enough of them these days. And this movie definitely looks interesting...Travolta looks better than he has in previous films of late, and Ethan Hawke needs more work.

RAW_D on Jul 20, 2016


Hold on... it's the whole, "small town sheriff and his back woods boys tries to stir up trouble with the homecoming action-hero" shtick! But as a western!

lewinston on Jul 21, 2016

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