Finally we can see a little more than just a sexy snapshot of Willem Dafoe bonking Charlotte Gainsbourg on a mass of tree roots that are sprouting human arms. In other words, the trailer for Lars Von Trier's Antichrist is here.
Besides being a Von Trier fan, I've been eager for him to take the chills of The Kingdom and throw them up on the big screen. The man has got a way to make simplicity super creepy, much like David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and Antichrist seems to deliver. The basics seem almost too typical -- the cabin in the woods, the crows, the isolation, the creepy wind -- but that subdued and creepy filmmaking is front and center. I say anything that can make those oft-used images seem creepy, in the confines of an all-too-brief trailer, is worth the effort.
Many blogs, like Spout and CHUD say the same thing: creepy, but conventional. However, The Guardian's Xan Brooks remains unconvinced. In fact, he says: "The omens for Antichrist are not encouraging," and goes on to describe it as "oddly uninspired."
Are those recognizable tropes too much for you? Or, are you falling for Von Trier's horror eye?
Lars von Trier's Antichrist - Official Trailer from Zentropa on Vimeo.