Horror-movie fans are often very upset at the sight of blood. After so many directors went to extremes with the most elemental of bodily fluids – Stanley Kubrick unleashes a tidal wave of blood from an elevator ShiningSay, or sending her characters in Coralie Fargeat revenge On a murderous chase that turns a fancy glass house into a blood-based slip ‘n slide – it can be hard to be passionate about another open vein.
A24’s . first trailer of bodies bodies bodies Not by trying to dunk viewers in more blood than they saw, but by turning into one of the more shocking escalations in the teaser that’s already about the escalation. bodies bodies bodies, which premiered at the 2022 SXSW Media Expo to a strong initial critical response, follows seven friends and hangers-on to an isolated house where they plan to party. Before long, they begin an edgy cut-killer social game with the line of mafia, werewolfeither among us, Obviously, things go wrong. The trailer shows the party rapidly moving from slapping to crying, inevitably losing power in the house and characters losing cell-phone service as the killing game gets real.
“Familiar game but with deadly stakes” is a fairly familiar mode for modern horror films, from escape room To ready or Not To werewolves within, but bodies bodies bodies The trailer looks different because of how quickly players stop being eclectically stylish youngsters. spring breakers-style drug-and-boose-addled vacation vibe, and become blood-soaked, tear-streaked victims who crawl around a dark house and attack each other with Gen-Z buzzwords. (Only 40-somethings in a cast of 20-somethings like Lee Pace, Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, and Maria Baklova, underline spring breakers Feel.) Blood begins to show, surprisingly early in the trailer, with unmarked but blemishes on people’s faces and arms. Then it’s on the stairs and saturated clothing. Then it’s on to the arms, and spraying through the air, and capturing the screen.
Even for horror fans, there’s plenty of ramp-up in this trailer—the tone, pace, level of violence, and especially the amount of blood all accelerate at a rapid pace. It’s a promise that actor-turned-director Halina Rijn is taking this film to extreme places, and in a fast, messy way.
bodies bodies bodies Will debut in theaters on 5 August 2022.