If you’re a fan of weird fantasy films that border on horror, then I’ve got just the movie for you. The trailer for Lamb recently dropped, and while we don’t know exactly when it’ll be coming out, you’re definitely going to want to keep this one on your radar. Plot details are scarce right now, but here’s the official synopsis:
“A childless couple in rural Iceland make an alarming discovery one day in their sheep barn. They soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature, in this dark and atmospheric folktale, the striking debut feature from director Valdimar Jóhannsson.”
And here are some additional details that have been reported by Bloody Disgusting:
“On Christmas Eve they find a newborn who is half-human, half-sheep.
Longing for a child of their own they decide to keep the lamb-child and raise it as their own regardless of the consequences. This unexpected prospect of a new family brings them much joy, before it ultimately destroys them.”
I have to admit, when I first saw the trailer for Lamb, I was pretty underwhelmed. It’s little more than just a string of atmospheric yet seemingly disconnected shots, and it gives us absolutely no indication of what the story will be or what other strengths we can expect the film to have. Sure, the atmosphere is great, but you can craft an intriguing, atmospheric trailer out of any movie, even something as far from horror as Mrs. Doubtfire, so I still wasn’t convinced that this one was really worth keeping an eye out for.
But then I thought about it a bit more, and I realized something. Sure, we’re almost entirely in the dark about this film, but that’s a good thing. Going in blind is the best way to see almost any movie, especially one that’s sure to have as many surprises as Lamb, and this trailer allows us to do just that. It doesn’t even come close to spoiling anything, so you’ll be able to get the full impact of the film when you watch it.
On top of that, I also found out that this movie was picked up for distribution by A24, and that really caught my interest. A24 consistently puts out slow-burn, atmospheric gems like The Witch, Midsommar, and Saint Maud, so since they decided to take Lamb, I figured it must really be as atmospheric as the trailer suggests.
And once I came to that realization, I was sold. Sure, I still don’t really know what to expect from this movie, but I’m super excited to find out. Lamb looks like a dark, atmospheric fairy tale with a bit of a horror tinge to it, and I can’t wait to see it. It debuted at the Cannes Film Festival this past week, and it’s expected to be released to the general public sometime later this year.
So what do you think of the trailer for Lamb? Do you agree with JP that it looks intriguingly dark? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for horror trailers we’ve got you covered!