Willem Dafoe's Ryuk is ready to begin in disturbing Death Note trailer

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Mar 22, 2017

The first terrifying trailer for Netflix's Death Note has drifted down out of the blue, and I can't help but believe the streaming service's formula might be starting to wear a bit thin with its glossy neon-tinted cinematography, brooding young angst, and mysterious lurking evil. Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest), the small-screen adaptation of the well-loved manga and anime series is due to drop onto Netflix on August 25.

Ingest the official synopsis:

Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

“I think anime are due for the same treatment that comics got when Nolan did Batman," noted Wingard. "I think the key is straying away from overt anime style like Speed Racer and Dragon Ball and instead try to ground the stories in more relatable ways. With Death Note I tried to give it a gritty lived-in look. With that said Death Note is going to be my most insane movie yet. It makes The Guest look conventional."

The 13-volume Japanese manga series ran from 2003-2006 and has been adapted into a variety of toys, video games, action figures, graphic novels, live-action films and was once being developed into an English feature at Warner Bros. in 2012.

Wingard's Death Note stars Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham and the always-watchable Willem Dafoe as Ryuk, the evil Shinigami “God of Death.”

Take a peek at the first promo for this supernatural feature and creep out on Dafoe's creaky voice!

(Via Geek Tyrant)