Andrew Garfield may have stumbled on a vast conspiracy in the official trailer for Under the Silver Lake, the new feature from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell. Riley Keough, Topher Grace and Jimmi Simpson also star in the noirish thriller from A24.
Under the Silver Lake writer/director Mitchell made his debut with the 2010 indie comedy The Myth of the American Sleepover. He then made a hard turn into horror for his second feature It Follows, which proved a very smart move. Hardcore horror fans and even most critics embraced It Follows, a psychological scarefest about a teenage girl relentlessly pursued by a supernatural force after a sexual encounter. The throwback horror film, with its John Carpenter-esque widescreen visuals, holds a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes. And no less an authority than Edgar Wright named the movie one of his 100 favorite horror films.
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A24 has released a new trailer for Mitchell's third feature Under the Silver Lake, and it appears the director has taken another hard turn genre-wise. Where It Follows was old school psychological horror, Under the Silver Lake is more in the area of neo-noir, but with a very crazy flavor. See the trailer above.
In Under the Silver Lake, Andrew Garfield plays a hapless guy named Sam, who falls helplessly in love with his alluring neighbor Sarah (Riley Keough). When Sarah mysteriously vanishes, Sam finds himself plunged into a mystery where every random thing seems to be a clue. Has Sam stumbled upon an incredibly elaborate conspiracy cooked up by the world's privileged elite? Or is he just going out of his mind?
The "man falls for a girl and winds up in trouble" premise could be the most classic of all noir set-ups. But in this movie David Robert Mitchell looks to take things in a crazier direction than we might first expect. Andrew Garfield is clearly playing someone with a little too much on his mind. There are echoes of Darren Aronofsky's Pi in the plot about a man who thinks he's discovered the secret patterns underlying reality. But there are also echoes of John Carpenter's They Live, the classic action-thriller about an everyman who discovers Earth is populated by aliens who hide in plain sight. After It Follows, it should come as no surprise to see that Carpenter remains an obvious influence on Mitchell. Like Carpenter, Mitchell seems interested in exploring multiple genres, while maintaining his focus on delivering thrills.
- Under the Silver Lake (2019) release date: Apr 19, 2019