The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as the central couple, and Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris as two strangers who show up. “They’ve come here to see me,” says Bardem, with creepily calm glee, later in the trailer, after we’ve already seen Pfeiffer and Harris engaging in foreplay that’s somehow evilly sexy, eerie old photos of Bardem stored in their luggage, the house suddenly teeming with strangers, and a lightbulb oozing blood. So yeah, “they’ve come to see me” can’t mean anything good for Lawrence’s character, or her husband’s motives. And then shit starts to get really scary — though we don’t really know what, per se, is creating all the scariness. (The skittering score, by Arrival composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, does just as much work as the visuals, which are actually pretty vague in the trailer.)
mother! is out September 18.