One of the main attractions at South by Southwest for thriller fans this year was Open Windows, from Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial director Nacho Vigalondo. The flick, which stars Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey, earned generally positive reviews there and at Fantasia, though our own reviewer Matt Donato had mixed things to say.
Handing the film two and a half stars, he commented that, “Open Windows spams audiences with an overload of development without much explanation, much like those information-less ads claiming to solve your impotency problem with a magic formula.” The new trailer for the movie, below, definitely imparts a sense of visual overload, heavily showcasing Open Windows‘ unusual visual style.
Here’s the synopsis:
Oscar®-nominated writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (The ABCs of Death, Extraterrestrial, V/H/S Viral) creates an action-packed world of voyeurism and suspense in his thriller OPEN WINDOWS. Nick (Elijah Wood, Maniac, The Lord of the Rings) is excited to discover that he’s won a dinner date with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey, Would You Rather, The Girlfriend Experience). But when Jill refuses to honor the contest, her manager Chord (Neil Maskell, Wild Bill, Pusher) makes an offer he can’t refuse: the ability to view Jill secretly via computer. Nick begins watching the unknowing star on her webcam, not realizing that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk as they enter a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse where nothing—and no one—are as they seem
Open Windows arrives on VOD on 10/2 and in theaters on 11/7. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.