Last week, IndieWire film critics Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich celebrated the Halloween season by naming the 13 best indie horror movies of 2016, and included among the lot of box office hits like “The Witch” and “Don’t Breathe” was Nicolas Pesce’s horrifying “The Eyes Of My Mother.” One of the major discoveries of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, “Mother” is readying for release on December 2 with a new trailer that might just be the most unnerving preview of the year.
The story centers around a disturbed young woman (the revelatory Kika Magalhães) who, following a traumatizing encounter, keeps a murderer locked up in her barn and forges an unusual relationship with him. The new trailer is essentially one scene from the film, but its crisp black-and-white photography and terrifying character dynamics create a chill that’s hard to forget. Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak and Clara Wong co-star.
Says Eric Kohn of the film, “Oddly touching and terrifying in equal measures, ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ conveys a sharp directorial vision that nods to the past while building an entirely fresh experience…Pesce’s bracing debut has the makings of a cult phenomenon bound to leave an impression on audiences even if it traumatizes them.”
Magnet Releasing will open “The Eyes Of My Mother” in select theaters December 2. Watch the unnerving new trailer below.