Red Band ‘Piercing’ Trailer: Mia Wasikowska, Pain, Blood, and Comedy?

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Check out the brutal red-band trailer released for upcoming thriller Piercing, starring Aussie export Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker) and Christopher Abbott (It Comes at Night).

Directed and written by Nicolas Pesce, who made his feature debut with the equally messed-up looking, but tonally very different The Eyes of My Mother, Piercing tells the story of a strange guy (Abbott) who kisses his wife and baby goodbye, lies about going away on business, and proceeds to check into a hotel with a plan to kill an unsuspecting prostitute (Wasikowska). By the looks of it… things won’t be going the way he thinks they will.

It certainly doesn’t look like it’s for all tastes, but for those inclined, it could offer up a hell of a watch. Two strong leads, a twisty narrative, and an interesting mash-up of horror, psychological thriller, sleezy throwback, and dark comedy. It brings to mind Takashi Miike’s fantastic, but oh-so messed up ’99 film Audition, and with very good reason – this is based on a novel by Ryû Murakami, who wrote the novel behind that crazy two-hander as well. Count us in.

In the US, Piercing, also starring Laia Costa, Maria Dizza, Wendell Pierce, and Martin Ireland, will be hitting limited cinemas, Digital and On Demand on February 1.

Synopsis for Piercing:

Reed kisses his wife and baby goodbye, seemingly headed away on business. But instead of clothes, he’s packed a murder kit. He’s planned everything meticulously: he’ll check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute. Only then will he rid himself of his murderous urges. But Reed’s plan could not account for Jackie, the alluring and mysterious call girl who arrives at his room. When an unexpected incident occurs, Reed and Jackie find themselves in a pulsating game of cat-and-mouse. Has he been found out? Is this all just some strange game? Or are they falling in love? As the night progresses, Reed starts to lose control. Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and the pair will seal their bond in blood.

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