If not the most interesting (read: weirdest) filmmaker working right now, Yorgos Lanthimos has to be near the top of the list, just between Dogtooth and 2015’s The Lobster. So his next offering, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, is obviously one of our most anticipated movies of the year. Especially as it’s been described as a revenge horror. And this first trailer only makes me with is was in my eyeballs right now.
A24 continues to straight up destroying shit. Good Time is fantastic and hits soon, and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is the 2017 movie most likely to make me weep openly. (They also have The Disaster Artist, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and Under the Silver Lake, among others, in the pipe.)
Normally, the maudlin cover of a ubiquitous pop song in a trailer irks the ever-loving hell out of me, but in this instance, I’ll allow it. A young girl singing Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” fits with the strange, sinister, discordant vibe The Killing of a Sacred Deer puts down.
When a surgeon forms a tight connection with a teenage weirdo, things take a sinister turn. That’s the basic logline, though there’s obviously more going on. Just from what we see in this trailer, it looks like maybe the surgeon was responsible for the death of the kid’s father and he inserts himself in the doctor’s life to exact retribution. I can certainly hang with that.
I’ve heard The Killing of a Sacred Deer described as Lanthimos’ most accessible film to date, and it certainly looks that way. But it also obviously doesn’t shy away from the odd and off-kilter, and it appears to delve even deeper into the darkness lurking in his earlier films. Again, I can definitely fuck with that.
Co-written by Lanthimos and frequent partner in crime Efthymis Filippou (The Lobster, Dogtooth, Alps), The Killing of a Sacred Deer stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone (hell yes!), Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Bill Camp, and Barry Keoghan. It opens in limited release on October 27.