The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer: New Trailer Turns-Up The Tension

A24 released a new trailer for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the upcoming film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and his new muse, Colin Farrell.

The new trailer highlights the dread that the film so successfully unfurls upon its audience. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer made serious waves at the Cannes Film Festival back in May and continued to blaze a trail when it showed up at the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest.

Check out the new trailer below:

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer follows Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), who is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife (played by Nicole Kidman) and two children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (played by a steely, detached Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who inserts himself into the doctor’s life in gradually unsettling ways. Soon, the full scope of Martin’s intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter his domestic bliss forever.

Yorgos Lanthimos has been an established darling of art-house cinema since his wildly imaginative 2009 feature Dogtooth and his hit, Oscar-nominated follow-up The Lobster. With The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Lanthimos has crafted his most disturbing film yet. The film is a sophisticated piece of bravado filmmaking that builds in hypnotic fashion. Combining elements of oddball horror and Greek tragedy (for which the film gets its title from), The Killing Of A Sacred Deer will most certainly stoke the divisive fires among audiences.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Yours truly personally saw the film at TIFF and let me for-warn you, if you let The Killing Of A Sacred Deer into your psyche it will mess with you big time. This is a baroque, dark and twisted journey that could oftentimes veer off into impenetrable style-over-substance. However, by the third act you’ll either be covering your eyes or gripping your armrest and won’t even be sure why.

The cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis is mesmerizing, unsettling, yet all the while elegant. It hearkens back to the work of Stanley Kubrick. When asked at TIFF premiere of the film if Kubrick had any influence on the director, especially in the wide-angle lensed hospital corridor scenes, Lanthimos coyly responded: “There are only so many ways you can shoot in a hospital hallway…” The director later revealed that of course, he inspired by one way or another by the master filmmaker.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

The film reunites the director with his star Colin Farrell and also stars Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Bill Camp and Alicia Silverstone.

Co-written by Efthymis Filippou and Lanthimos, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer will open in theaters on October 20.

Images: A24

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