They say a boy’s best friend is his mother. Wait, who said that? Oh right, Norman Bates in Psycho. That makes sense, because the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s mother! makes it look like an exercise in horrifying lunacy.
mother! (which, yes, is supposed to be spelled like that) stars Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) as a married couple who get unexpected house guests in the form of Ed Harris (Westworld) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Ant-Man and the Wasp). Jennifer Lawrence suspects something is horribly wrong but, of course, her husband doesn’t believe her.
The trailer for mother! sets up this very familiar tale of marital paranoia and escalates quickly, concluding in a series of images that might just constitute a spoiler warning, but it’s quite likely that Aronofsky knows what he’s doing, and that he’s not giving away all the good stuff just one month before mother! comes out.
It’s an interesting project, coming from Darren Aronofsky. He’s kept one foot over the line between horror movies and serious dramas for a while now, with films like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, which turn psychological breakdowns and drug addiction into fodder for nightmares… but still seeming “respectable” enough to earn Academy Awards consideration.
mother!, in contrast, appears to be a straight-up, no waffling, dive into the deep end horror thriller, in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, The Beyond or House of the Devil. Heck, it even borrows a scare from Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead (did you recognize that light bulb?). And that’s an exciting prospect, because Darren Aronofsky clearly has a flare for the macabre.
Check out the trailer below, and check out mother! when it comes to theaters on September 15, 2017.
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