The first full-length trailer for the new horror-comedy Slice, starring Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper, has just been released. Taking inspiration from Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Hellmouth, The Wolf Man, and delivery pizza, Slice is offering up a decidedly unorthodox spin on horror.
In Slice, two pizza delivery employees (played by Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper, in his debut feature film role) take it upon themselves to solve a mysterious string of murders revolving around their local pizza joint. However, the deeper they dig, they ultimately discover that the pizza joint was built atop a gateway to Hell, unleashing unspeakable horrors that include everything from ghosts to werewolves. The movie also stars Joe Keery, Hannibal Buress, Paul Scheer, Rae Gray, and Y'lan Noel, and was written and directed by Austin Vesely, a longtime collaborator with Chance the Rapper. After releasing a cryptic teaser trailer in October 2017, A24 (the studio behind movies like Moonlight and Lady Bird) has finally released a more plot-heavy trailer that delves into the movie's otherworldly elements.
The highly stylized trailer released by A24 details the return of a werewolf - as well as other paranormal creatures - highlighting Beetz as a local hero dedicated to taking charge against the recent string of murders. And, even though the trailer is careful not give away too much of the plot, some takeaways include the fact that Chance the Rapper's character, Dax Lycander, is one of the main suspects (his last name is suspiciously similar to the word "lycanthrope," which means "werewolf"); Gray's character, Sadie, is a reporter attempting to investigate the ongoing incidents; and the werewolf and serial killer may or may not be one and the same.
Slice has utilized an interesting marketing campaign prior to its release, creating pun-based posters inspired by popular pizza franchises. One poster takes inspiration from Little Caesars, only with the franchise's mascot missing his head, while two other posters take inspiration from Dominos and Pizza Hut, featuring their traditional logos, but with blood and claw marks. The movie's tagline on the posters is: "Dead. In 30 minutes or less."
Though a fairly new studio (founded in 2012), A24 has earned a reputation for clinging to a distinctly avant aesthetic. Even its few horror movies - like It Comes at Night and The Witch - tend to steer away from a traditional horror framework. That said, Slice appears to be an exception, ditching subtlety in favor of a more stylistically experimental approach. And, though it could be a gamble, departing from the status quo with something as strange as Slice, it might ultimately pay off for the celebrated studio, marking a more expansive direction A24 may be willing to go for future movies.
Slice is expected to release in either 2018 or 2019.