'Under The Skin' Trailer Starring Scarlett Johansson As Alien Seductress Is Terrifying
If the footage we've seen is any indication, we're in for some sexy-creepy times with the Scarlett Johansson-starring Under The Skin . The first official trailer for the film can be seen below, and, well, the keywords that pop out from that trailer seem to be "strangely erotic," "Kubrick," and "unnerving."
It seems Johansson's found some satisfaction playing nonhuman characters of late, because she's following up her notable vocal turn in Her with the theatrical release of a film in which she plays "an alien seductress who preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland."
Under The Skin, which was at the Toronto Film Festival in September — it was at the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals before that — was directed by Jonathan Glazer (Birth), and will be hitting theaters with a limited release on April 4. The film was adapted from the 2000 Michael Faber novel of the same name, in which that aforementioned Johansson-shaped alien was sent to Earth by a corporation. Here's the Amazon description of Faber's novel:
n this haunting, entrancing novel, Michel Faber introduces us to Isserley, a female driver who cruises the Scottish Highlands picking up hitchhikers. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. A grotesque and comical allegory, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory—our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion—to present a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok.
As for the film's critical reception, there's The Daily Telegraph's assertion that "if my legs hadn’t been so wobbly and my mouth so dry [at the end of this film], I would have climbed up on my seat and cheered."