First Eerie Trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Will Give You Chills
Some people look forward to the next Marvel movie, some anticipate the newest Star Wars entry, and then there are people like me, who count down the days until the new Yorgos Lanthimos film. Finally, we have our very first trailer for The Killing of Sacred Deer, the latest twisted nightmare from the Greek filmmaker.
You know you’re about to watch something disturbing when it’s written by the guys who thunk up Dogtooth and The Lobster. Lanthimos and his frequent co-writer, Efthymis Filippou, are at it again with The Killing of Sacred Deer, described as a “suburban Greek tragedy.” The first trailer opens with Raffey Cassidy (who has grown up quite a bit since Tomorrowland) singing an off-tune, eerily bleak cover of “Burn” by Ellie Goulding. Then things get weird. A couple kids start suddenly collapsing in buildings and hospitals. Colin Farrell’s surgeon explains, in an anxious rushed tone, that a surgeon can never kill a patient, only an anesthesiologist can. Nicole Kidman hugs her children, looking worried. Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) shovels pasta into his mouth and talks about getting justice as Cassidy vacantly sings “burn, burn, burn.” Do you have chills yet?
Lanthimos’ film debuted at Cannes earlier this year, and while there’s no official synopsis with the trailer release announcement, there’s one from the Toronto International Film Festival, where Sacred Deer will make a stop next month before hitting theaters on October 27:
The strange relationship between a cardiac surgeon and a 16-year-old boy portends a terrifying sacrifice, in this eagerly awaited supernatural thriller from Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, and Alicia Silverstone.
The less we know, the better with a Lanthimos film; part of the unnerving charm of his films is piecing together the twisted rules and morals of his universe as you’re watching them unfold. It is interesting that the film is being pegged as a “supernatural” thriller, which Lanthimos hinted at when I chatted with him last year. The Lobster rode that line finely, introducing a sci-fi element at the core of its narrative, using it to expose the absurd and brutal extremes it can push us towards. If Sacred Deer is even a third as demented as that, I’m all in. Check out the poster below.