With little over two weeks until release, Paramount Pictures has rolled out the decidedly R-rated trailer for Goat, Andrew Neel’s fraternity drama that takes the concept of hazing and dials it up to 11.
Incorporating cruelty, brutality, fraternity and an unhealthy dose of masochism, it is Ben Schnetzer (Warcraft) who finds himself at the epicentre of madness as a 19-year-old named Brad, who is still licking his wounds following a brutal assault. Out to overcome the ordeal, Schnetzer’s lead then pledges allegiance to his brother’s (Nick Jonas) fraternity, instigating a host of primitive rituals and widely over-the-top spiels as the two begin the infamous initiation process.
Like Neighbors on steroids, the trailer above is an assault on the senses to say the very least, but above the drinking games and devious pranks, it is the dynamic between Jonas and Schnetzer’s siblings that has us cautiously optimistic for Goat.
It’s all in the name of brotherhood, apparently. Look for Goat to make its bow in select theaters and via VOD services on September 23. James Franco, Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty, Jake Picking, and Virginia Gardner also star.
Reeling from a terrifying assault over the summer, 19-year-old Brad Land (Ben Schnetzer) starts college determined to get his life back to normal. His brother, Brett (Nick Jonas), is already established on campus and with a fraternity that allures Brad with its promise of protection, popularity, and life-long friendships. Brad is desperate to belong but as he sets out to join the fraternity his brother exhibits reservations, a sentiment that threatens to divide them. As the pledging ritual moves into hell week, a rite that promises to usher these unproven boys into manhood, the stakes violently increase with a series of torturous and humiliating events. What occurs in the name of ‘brotherhood’ tests both boys and their relationship in brutal ways.