New image revealed for twisted sci-fi thriller ‘Under the Skin’ plus full synopsis




On Sunday lunchtime at Film Four’s FrightFest, a packed auditorium were seated ready for the UK preview of the awesome In Fear, but before it started we were blessed with seeing the first ever footage of Jonathan Glazer’s new sci-fi thriller, Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson.

All I can say is wow! It was two of the most fucked up minutes I have seen all year, and it was breathtaking! Full of bizarre and nightmarish imagery, Cronenberg influences and Scarlett Johansson looking incredibly hot as an alien predator, Under the Skin looks awesome and I cannot wait to see it.

A new image (above) has just been released as the film prepares for its long delayed World Premiere. Expected to play at Cannes earlier this year, Under the Skin will now premiere at Telluride in the US on a few days, followed by a screening at the Venice Film Festival and then the Toronto Film Festival. Cameron Bailey, the Toronto Film Festival’s Artistic Director, has provided an in depth synopsis for the film, which you will find below.

Under the Skin is directed by Jonathan Glazer, and is base on Michel Faber’s novel. Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer adapted the screenplay. The cast is lead by Scarlett Johansson, and joining her will be Paul Brannigan, Joe Szula, Krystof Hadek, Scott Dymond, Jessica Mance and Michael Moreland.

Cameron Bailey’s synopsis:

Fans of Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast and Birth have been anticipating Under the Skin with a yearning usually reserved for superhero franchises. Based onMichel Faber‘s acclaimed novel, the story’s premise is perfectly suited to a director known for compression, focus, and cool shocks.

On Scotland’s lonely back roads, a beautiful woman (Scarlett Johansson) stalks unwitting men. Her identity and her motives unclear, she is simply, and quite literally, a sexual threat. Her eyes deadened but alert, she prowls night streets and deserted locales in a white van, seeking male victims. More could be said about the plot, but it’s best to allow Under the Skin to reveal itself. From its arresting first image — a pure, white pinpoint of light — it expands outward to become an increasingly absorbing mystery. It’s also a Rorschach test for everything one might fear about relations between men and women.

Johansson is sometimes cast for her physical sensuality, and Glazer makes ample use of that here. But the film is anything but lascivious. Having directed landmark music videos for Radiohead and Massive Attack, he was known as a supreme stylist even before his feature films. Here, he offers shades of Kubrick and Hitchcock in his depiction of sexuality, capturing a cool, predatory impulse rather than simple heat. For that matter, Under the Skin shows little interest in simply arousing the audience, be they enamoured of Glazer, fantasy fiction, or Johansson. It proceeds at its own rhythm, accumulating one eerie detail on top of another, serving up sometimes baroque encounters between predator and prey, pushing inevitably towards its disturbing conclusion.

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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