Steven Soderbergh is busier in retirement than I will ever be. Then again, so are my parents—I thought the whole point of retiring was to kick back and enjoy not working, but what do I know, I’ll never have the chance to do it anyway. I’m getting off topic. I’m into Soderbergh’s version of retirement, however, because it means we keep getting things like The Knick, Logan Lucky, and his latest film, and first straight horror movie, Unsane, which just dropped this fantastic new trailer.
Admittedly, set up wise, this Unsane trailer treads familiar horror turf. The Crown’s Claire Foy plays a woman, institutionalized against her will, who may or may not be delusional. Perhaps she’s unhinged, but maybe the entire world is out to get her.
Though it’s well-worn territory, Soderbergh has a knack for putting his own spin on things we’ve seen before, like he’s done with heists, psychological thrillers, and science fiction. And this conceit definitely gives him room to plumb the depths of psychosis, paranoia, fear, and all the rest. Can’t wait.
Unsane is also the project we heard about a while back, the secret horror movie Soderbergh shot entirely on on an iPhone. Though this isn’t your iPhone or mine, you can bet there were special lenses and rigs and all the rest. But the director did say this is the wave of the future, so there’s that. And this approach does give the film a distinct visual style and feel.
In addition to Claire Foy, Unsane also stars Juno Temple, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, and Amy Irving. Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer, the duo behind Jackie Chan’s The Spy Next Door and Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, wrote the script, so…interpret that as you see fit.
Unsane premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival and opens on March 23. Also, check out this creepy new poster while you’re here.