The psychological thriller genre has produced some of the most well-executed movies ever committed to celluloid. From Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho to Christopher Nolan's Memento to David Fincher's Se7en, the balance of tension with strong characterization and compelling storytelling has always resonated with audiences, and it looks like the genre is about to see another impressive entry. A new trailer for director Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman has just debuted online, and it looks like an utterly terrifying journey into the mind of a serial killer and a desperate manhunt. Check out the trailer below, and prepare for chills.
From that trailer, it looks like The Snowman will offer audiences a good, old-fashioned detective story with a serious horror twist. Centering on a brilliant detective (Michael Fassbender) and a young police recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the film follows this pair as they attempt to unravel a murder mystery surrounding women who begin to disappear at first snow. As they dive deeper and deeper into the case, they begin to discover that the killer they are searching for may have a deadly link to decades-old cold cases. Realizing that they have stumbled upon something far greater than they could have ever imagined, the killer soon begins to target and toy with them in a variety of horrifying ways.
Aside from how good The Snowman looks from a filmmaking perspective, the move is also currently lined up with a great release date for its particular tone and style. Debuting in theaters on October 20, the film is perfectly positioned to draw Halloween crowds with horror films on the mind, and attract the attention of moviegoers looking for a prestige drama. It's hard to tell with so much time left until the movie actually debuts in theaters, but we could certainly have a potential award contender on our hands with The Snowman.
To say that The Snowman has assembled a phenomenal cast would be nothing less than an understatement. Without a doubt, this film seems to have put together one of the most capable and engaging ensembles in recent history, with Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson at the top of their respective games. In addition to the two headliners, The Snowman has also enlisted the acting talents of Independence Day: Resurgence's Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, and Val Kilmer. If nothing else, we can definitely confirm that this psychological thriller will be chock full of fantastic performances when it finally debuts.