On Wednesday, A24 released the second trailer for its upcoming psychological thriller; Killing of a Sacred Deer. The film follows Dr. Steven Murphy a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife and two children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor’s life in gradually unsettling ways. Soon, the full scope of Martin’s intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter his domestic bliss forever.
If this latest trailer tells us anything about the film, it’s that things are going to escalate in the most agonizing way possible. Providing creepy imagery of limp children, soft harmonies provided by Raffey Cassidy, and the chilling performance by Barry Keoghan, Killing of a Sacred Deer might be one of the better anxiety-inducing films of 2017.
In the second trailer, we get a dilated paradigm of Barry Keoghan’s character Martin. From the context of the two trailers, we may gather that Martin is fatherless due to a medical mishap pertaining to Colin Farrell’s character Steven. Steven killing Martin’s father during surgery might be the driving force is Martin’s actions throughout the film. Martin begins to allude to the death of Steven’s family and one by one they begin to suffer from ailments like fainting or bleeding from the eyes.
This is the return of Director Yorgos Lanthimos, known for his ability to create high tension atmosphere’s in films like The Lobster, Dogtooth, and Alps. Killing of a Sacred Deer has been cited by several sources that this will be his “most messed up film”.
Killing of a Sacred Deer hits select theaters October 20th and stars Colin Farrell (The Lobster), Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), Raffey Cassidy (Tomorrowland), Sunny Suljic (The Unspoken), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), and Bill Camp (The Night Of).