‘Child of God’ Trailer Puts Murder on Display and Hints at Things That Are Even Worse


If the news that crazy-ass James Franco was going to be adapting one of Cormac McCarthy’s most crazy-ass novels into a movie didn’t pique your interest as soon as it was announced, chances are the teaser trailer for Child of God was enough to grab even your elusive attention. It was basically just a minute of Scott Haze making crazy faces as the story’s murderous subject, the cave-dwelling necrophile Lester Ballard, but it was enough to prove that, even if the movie was a complete disaster, it was likely going to be a perversely enthralling disaster—kind of like how you wouldn’t be able to look away if you came upon a burning bus full of puppies or something.

Now that there’s a full trailer out for the film though, it looks like Franco might have resisted the urge to go full-on abstract and impenetrable in his handling of this story about isolation from the order of man’s world. As a matter of fact, this trailer makes Child of God look like it could be a pretty standard thriller about a serial murderer, though one that’s likely elevated due to a clearly electric lead performance from Raze as well as the calming presence of a character acting veteran like Tim Blake Nelson.

Click through to give it a watch, but be warned that the footage contains more blood and murder than most full-length films, and this is just a two minute ad. Don’t get squeamish, now.

As you can see, even with all of that murder, this trailer only just hints at the darkness that lies at the center of this tale. It will be interesting to see how deep Franco was willing to get into the muck once we’re given some way to watch this thing.

Speaking of which, I did a little digging and it seems that there still isn’t a release date for this film, or any indication of whether it’s going to get a limited theatrical run or hit VOD first or what, but seeing as someone went through the trouble of cutting this trailer together and sticking a bunch of critic quotes that came from its screenings in Venice and Toronto on it, one would assume that an announcement concerning those distribution details is imminent. I mean, the film industry wouldn’t really let a movie that looks this delightfully disturbing sit on a shelf without some distributor at least sticking it on iTunes, would they? We demand our morbid murder movie.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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