David Robert Mitchell is one of those directors that seemingly came out of nowhere to make an everlasting imprint on the horror genre, with 2015’s It Follows. The film fused together some unique combinations of retro and modern styling to create a truly unique experience. And now, his much-anticipated follow-up is right around the corner. A24 will be releasing Under the Silver Lake in theatres just in time for summer, and has just released the debut trailer for the film, which you can check out above.
The film follows Andrew Garfield as he plays amateur detective when his neighbor and new potential love interest (played by Riley Keough) goes missing overnight after their romantic meet-cute. There seems to be much more lying under the surface judging by the imagery we’re presented with in this trailer (colorful wigs, “dog killers,” and one creepy old man with a face not even a mother could love).
One of the things that made It Follows so peculiar was the completely indeterminable time period in which it took place, and there seems to be a somewhat similar blending of eras here. Though maybe not as undefined, considering the clearly visible MacBook Garfield is seen using at one point.
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The film also stars Topher Grace and Zosia Mamet (HBO’s Girls), and the official synopsis is as follows:
From the dazzling imagination that brought you It Follows comes a delirious neonoir fever dream about one man’s search for the truth behind the mysterious crimes, murders and disappearances in his East L.A. neighborhood.
Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy in the City of Angels.
“..memorabilia hoarders, masked seductresses, homeless gurus, reclusive songwriters, sex workers, wealthy socialites..”
From writer-director David Robert Mitchell comes a sprawling, playful and unexpected mystery-comedy detective thriller about the Dream Factory and its denizens — dog killers, aspiring actors, glitter-pop groups, nightlife personalities, It girls, memorabilia hoarders, masked seductresses, homeless gurus, reclusive songwriters, sex workers, wealthy socialites, topless neighbors, and the shadowy billionaires floating above (and underneath) it all. Mining a noir tradition extending from Kiss Me Deadly and The Long Goodbye to Chinatown and Mulholland Dr., Mitchell uses the topography of Los Angeles as a backdrop for a deeper exploration into the hidden meaning and secret codes buried within the things we love.
Sounds like one hell of a ride, and if A24 is also on board, I’m already in line. Under the Silver Lake will be released theatrically on June 22, 2018.