After first being introduced to us via a truly puzzling little teaser trailer, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is still a bit of a head-scratcher in it’s full-length trailer form. But it’s that strangeness that makes this watch so mesmerizing.
Scarlett Johansson, as we have learned, is an alien bombshell who drives around Scotland in her mystery van looking for foolish men to lure in with her charms. Once they’re thoroughly seduced by her Attractive Human Woman Form, she feasts upon the men and presumably bathes in their sad male tears. It’s what keeps her hair so shiny. The film is based on the novel by Michel Faber of the same name, so there’s the place to go for more details about why she’s after Scottish men specifically, or even why she’s been sent to this planet in the first place. This trailer isn’t giving up much else.
Visually, though, it’s a fascinating look into a bizarre sci-fi thriller where it seems that the sky is perpetually darkened and something sinister’s about to happen around every corner. Then again, I’ve never been to Scotland so this might not be Glazer’s doing. Johansson also does “alien trying to be human” right by wearing a fur coat to the beach and looking supremely uncomfortable in a night club.
Check out the trailer for yourself here:
Under the Skin does not have a U.S. release date at this time.