It Follows director David Robert Mitchell returns with a neo-noir full of mysteries and conspiracies.
Mitchell made his directorial debut with the indie comedy The Myth of the American Sleepover before extending to the horror genre with It Follows. More psychological and philosophical than the usual type, It Follows attracted favorable reception from critics and audiences alike. It remains one of the most cerebral horror movies of recent years. Now Mitchell is back, and the first trailer of his upcoming neo-noir promises to startle, irritate, and satisfy fans of the genre.
The trailer starts with a will-they-won't-they dynamic between Sam (Andrew Garfield) and Sarah (Riley Keough) in the vein of Paper Towns. But hey, Samsara, anyone?
The synopsis reads:
Sam, an affable but aimless young man, becomes an unwitting detective who quickly finds himself in over his head as he investigates the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful neighbor, with whom he has fallen in love. As he combs through Los Angeles searching for any kind of clues he can find, he stumbles upon a larger, more sinister conspiracy than he ever imagined, involving billionaires, celebrities, urban myths, and even pop culture as we know it.
Anyway, Sarah disappears mysteriously after their short time together, and loverboy Sam determines to follows a ton of clues that could be significant to the investigation. Or are they just random stuff, irrelevant and overread by our protagonist? It's hard for viewers to decide because the perplexed Sam is neck-deep in a strange world of conspiracies and upper-class citizens.
Paranoia and nihilism set the tone for Under the Silver Lake, with riffs from classic horror, Pi, Inherent Vice, and The Big Lebowski but comedic tics are apparent. Is this a satire of the genre, breaking down the oft-ridiculous messages and mind games of crime thriller in general and noir in particular? Even the first poster suggests an elusive answer.
Under the Silver Lake is due to be released on Jun 22, 2018.
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