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