Piercing has been making the festival circuit this year, with critics, including our own, praising its dark humor and surrealism. Finally, the film has a trailer and new poster, which reveal just how cerebral Piercing will be.

Based on the 1994 novel by Ryu Murakami, Piercing follows Reed (Christopher Abbott, The Sinner) who has seemingly gone on a business trip. But, he is actually orchestrating the perfect murder to get this impulse out of his system. He picks a victim, a call girl named Jackie (Mia Wasikowska, Stoker). However, she seems to be more than willing to take part in Reed’s murderous game.


This is the second horror film from director Nicholas Pesce, who burst onto the horror scene with his debut, The Eyes of My Mother, in 2016.


In Stephanie Cole’s review for the site, she calls Piercing an homage to giallo filmmaking. She also said:

“The strength of Piercing lies in its stunning aesthetic style and in Mia Wasikowska’s performance. From its opening credits on, the film hearkens back to crime films of the 60s and 70s. The period setting is ambiguous, with a mix of clothing styles, phone booths and rotary phones suggesting a different era without committing. The colors are richly technicolor and carefully coordinated, evoking giallo cinematic styling. Split screens are used to enhance the throwback look of the film, all while highlighting the theme of Reed and Jackie as twisted soulmates.”

You can read the full review here.


From the trailer and our review, Piercing is worth a watch due to Wasikowska’s performance alone. It seems like a strange, yet exciting, film from Pesce. The film hits theaters and VOD February 1st, 2019. What do you think of Piercing? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!


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