A spine-chilling look into A24’s new psychological thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer has been released about a month short of its limited US release date.
The twisted tone comes of no surprise as the film is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos who worked on 2015’s festival smash hit; The Lobster. Lanthimos has brought together renowned acting talents such as Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell and Alicia Silverstone for a film that screams nightmare fuel.
The story revolves around Dr. Steven Murphy, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon and his family preside over their idyllic suburban household. Lingering on the outskirts, however, is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor’s life in gradually unsettling ways. Soon, the full scope of Martin’s intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter his domestic bliss forever.
Slow panning shots, ominous soundtrack, and dark dialogue all work together symphonically in the goosebump-inducing look into the Murphy family and their unexpected guest. Martin is portrayed by Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), his spine-chilling look is coupled with a vocal tone that would be considered typical of teenage angst if he weren’t uttering about the Murphy family’s imminent demise.
The film has been released at several festivals across the world, with its most recent release in Austin for the genre film festival Fantastic Fest. Majority of the reviews have been positive, stating the film is mythical, cynical and clinical in nature. If not for that, then the tears of blood and creepy kid singing alone are enough to add this to my list of must see’s for the year.
The Killing of a Sacred Dear hits US theatres in limited release on October 20th