On Monday, Paramount Pictures offered up a first look at Darren Aronofsky's latest psychological thriller mother!, and though it's hard to parse out exactly what the hell it's about, it's already guaranteed to be terrifying.
Aronofsky is a master of messing with his viewers' heads. The Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan director is known for creating hyper-disturbing movies that rely less on cheap thrills and more on the stunning inner workings of his characters' minds, usually mired in the darkest chapters of their lives. As eerie voices swirl around Jennifer Lawrence in the 30-second teaser for mother!, it looks like Aronofsky's latest project is bound to follow suit.
mother!, which stars Lawrence alongside Javier Bardem, Westworld's Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer, traces the arrival of a few "uninvited guests" at a couple's home, "disrupting their tranquil existence," according to Paramount. The teaser doesn't offer much else—mostly, we hear snatches of its stars screaming at one another—before we see a patchwork of explosive, disconnected scenes after Lawrence shouts "murderer!"
Bardem won an Oscar for his bone-chilling portrayal of the villain in No Country for Old Men and tends to wind up playing characters who are downright evil—from Reiner in The Counselor to James Bond's foil in Skyfall. Though Lawrence is better known for her roles in blockbusters like Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and the Hunger Games series, she proved she could tackle thrillers with the Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone back in 2010.
Hopefully we'll get to see more of what this frightening foursome gets up to when the full trailer drops on August 8. Until then, watch a teaser for mother! above.
Darren Aronofsky's mother! hits theaters on Friday, September 15.