Halloween is officially upon us, and though many of you – us included – will no doubt have indulged in some appropriately spooky celebrations over the course of the weekend, there’s still time to cram in some last-minute thrills and spills before the holiday is out.
Tapping into the darker elements of psychological horror, Magnolia Pictures has today peeled back the curtain on a deeply unsettling new trailer for The Eyes of My Mother, which sees a waking nightmare unfold in black and white. Helmed by first-time filmmaker Nicolas Pesce, the forthcoming horror pic centers on a disturbed young woman (newcomer Kika Magalhães) who keeps a murderer housed up in her basement.
Pesce’s thriller then explores the twisted, sometimes touching relationship that unfolds between the two, but it’s really the film’s striking art style that will surely send a shiver or three down the spine. Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak and Clara Wong co-star, and our resident horror expert Matt Donato was full of praise for The Eyes of My Mother when he reviewed it:
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form.
The Eyes of My Mother creeps into select theaters on December 2. It’ll be available online via Amazon Video, iTunes and VOD, too.