‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Trailer: A Chilling, Paralyzing Experience

It’s unique for a trailer to create a sense of paralysis like this.

If Yorgos Lanthimos’The Killing of a Sacred Deer were just its previously released poster, upon which we are shown that Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman are in a movie that takes place in a hospital, that might be enough. Lanthimos’ previous film, The Lobster, was an exceptional, strange, moody rumination on loneliness and love. For me personally — and I’m sure some of you, as well — it was good enough to take a chance on just about anything he wanted to deliver next.

Now we have a trailer forSacred Deer and its fate is sealed among the pantheon of highly anticipated 2017 releases:

That’s a hell of an atmospheric trailer. It builds significant tension and remains obtuse enough to create an artful salivation for its audience.

If you need more of a hard sell, here’s what Vulture’s Emily Yoshida had to say in her review from Cannes: “…at a certain point in Yorgos Lanthimos’sThe Killing of a Sacred Deerit’s abundantly clear that the artful thriller you’re watching has actually been a full-throated horror movie all along. In the tradition ofRinguor theFinal Destinationfilms, it first tells you what dreadful fate awaits its characters, then lets you spend the rest of the film agonizing over when it will go down. That’s why, about midway through the film, during a stark wide shot, I found myself nearly covering my eyes in anguished terror when it seemed like a teenage girl was about to collapse on the floor.”

Okay, I’ve seen enough. I’m ready for October 27, whenThe Killing of a Sacred Deer makes its way into theaters.

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