New ‘Under the Skin’ Trailer and Poster: An Artful Nightmare

Published 8 months ago by , Updated March 8th, 2014 at 4:55 pm,

In the damp gloom of the northern UK, an extraterrestrial predator stalks the streets and moors. She may look like a beautiful woman, but she’s actually an ageless entity out to seduce and consume the unwary.

Reading this synopsis for the upcoming science-fiction thriller Under the Skin, one would probably not expect a film full of exacting cinematography, Lynchian surrealism, and metaphysical contemplation. And yet, a series of trailers – including the new stateside preview above – have confirmed a project with aspirations higher than simple scares and titillation.

Indeed, the movie in question is not just some Z-grade offshoot of the “aroused, deadly alien” cliché. Under the Skin is the latest from acclaimed director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) and star Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Having received (generally) positive buzz during 2013 festival season, Under the Skin is readying itself for a its commercial debut with a renewed marketing push.

Much more coherent than some of its previous trailers, this new preview nonetheless leaves the actual narrative of Under the Skin a mystery. Is the entire film really a series of dread-laden environment shots intercut with scenes of Johansson munching on unsuspecting men? Likely not, but the trailer leaves a more complex plotline to our imagination.

In addition to the trailer, Under the Skin has also released an evocative new poster. Check it out below:

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Looking less like an advertisement for a surrealist horror movie and more like the cover of a prestige-oriented novel, the poster is much like the above trailer – intriguing, but thin on actual substance. We in the US have two months before we find out whether Under the Skin can back up its haunting imagery with a compelling core narrative.

Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), Under the Skin also stars Antonia Campbell-Hughes (Albert Nobbs) and Paul Brannigan (Beyond).

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Under the Skin will infiltrate US theaters on April 4th, 2014.

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  1. Ageless and seducing the unwary….sounds like a couple of “cougars” I know!
    Guess you can hunger for younger, but be bolder with older!

  2. Looks interesting, probably not the kinda movie I would shell out movie theater money to see.

  3. Scarlet is looking delicious!

    • + lots! she can walk towards me in her undies anytime!

  4. The author of the novel is Michel Faber. Not sure who Brian Ferber is? :)

    • Clearly, it’s Faber’s non-union equivalent. He joined the production along with Brian Glazer, hired from the Guild of Brians.

      In all seriousness, thanks to Burt and Steve for these catches. I really have no idea what happened there.

  5. Interesting trailer. The Film was directed by Jonathan Glazer not Brian Glazer. Look forward to seeing it.

  6. Well that was something…
    Don’t ask me what I think I just saw but I am intrigued and will keep an eye out for this upon release.

  7. i totally get a kubrick early to mid 70′s vibe from this. Can’t wait to see it.