Fresh off Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer giving you the heebie-jeebies in the mother! trailer, here's Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell to twist the knife into your nervous system with the deeply unsettling trailer for their upcoming flick Killing of a Sacred Deer. The film is the latest from always unnerving Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos and won the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival (one of four Kidman projects there that contributed to the actress being presented with a special individual award).
Farrell and Kidman play a married couple, with Farrell as a surgeon who secretly takes a 16-year-old boy under his wing only for the boy to take an evil hold over the family in a way that the trailer (and, judging from the reviews, even the film) doesn't want you to fully understand. Meanwhile, the family's children end up basically paralyzed. If this sounds all vague and confusing too you, don't worry. Lanthimos' films are characteristically hard to summarize without watching them. Maybe it only stands to confuse more to add that his films are often funny, in their own way.
If the visuals and mysteries weren't creepy enough, the whole trailer is set to an odd a cappella version of pop star Ellie Goulding's song "Burn." An interesting choice to say the least.
If you're still not intrigued, then know that Alicia Silverstone pops up in a single, pivotal scene, and apparently it's the best thing she's done in years. Who doesn't want to get creeped out by Cher Horowitz herself?
Lanthimos is at a career high after his previous collaboration with Farrell, 2015's The Lobster, was a critical hit and nabbed a nomination for best original screenplay at the Academy Awards.
It will also be Farrell and Kidman's second time teaming up to spook you this year after the pair co-starred in Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled. Who could have seen this onscreen duo coming? Then again, both have extensive resumés in the thriller (psychological or otherwise) department. The Others remains one of the commercial high points of Kidman's career, and she's also had spooky turns in Stroker and Birth. Farrell meanwhile owes his breakthrough to 2002's Phone Booth.
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