Alejandro Amenábar delivered one of the most haunting ghost stories of this century with 2001’s The Others, so it’s fair to say that his upcoming thriller Regression is already on many critics’ lists of films to watch out for this year.
Starring Ethan Hawke (currently Oscar-nominated for Boyhood) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower actress Emma Watson, the film follows a detective investigating a young woman who has accused her father of unspeakable crimes. Today sees the release of the first English-language teaser for Regression, following yesterday’s Spanish preview, and it definitely looks like a film to watch out for.
The moody visuals and suspenseful use of a ticking metronome make this a chilling, if not all that insightful, first look at the thriller, which seems to involve a cult made up of lots of creepy old people. Though there have been more than a fair share of films involving cults over the years, from The Wicker Man to Martha Marcy May Marlene, the presence of talents like Hawke and Watson coupled with Amenábar’s strong direction should ensure that Regression is a worthwhile addition to the subgenre.
Regression is expected to arrive in theaters on August 28th. Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think.
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.