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First trailer for Alex Garland's A24 horror flick 'Men' teases haunting ghost story in the countryside

Men opens in theaters Friday, May 20.

By Josh Weiss

Writer-director Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation, Devs) trades sci-fi horror for supernatural horror in the first teaser trailer for his next A24 project — Men — which opens in theaters this spring. What the filmmaker hasn't given up on, however, is his commitment to hauntingly beautiful character studies that make full use of cinema as a visual medium. Whether you love or hate horror movies, you can't deny that this small collection of footage looks absolutely stunning.

Jessie Buckley (Fargo) leads the limited cast as Harper, a woman who, in an effort to heal, retreats to the beautiful English countryside after suffering a person loss. No such luck because something in the surrounding woods seems to be following her around. Could it possibly be the restless spirit of her dead husband?

"What begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears in visionary filmmaker Alex Garland's feverish, shape-shifting new horror film," reads the official synopsis. 

Rory Kinnear (No Time to Die) and Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) co-star.

Check out the teaser trailer below:

“He’s like a proper, amazing filmmaker — one of the most interesting, bold guys I’ve worked with,” Buckley said of Garland during an interview with GQ back in December. “It was the wildest thing I’ve ever done. Alex is a punk, a proper, old school punk.”

While he made his directorial debut with 2014's Ex Machina, the filmmaker already had an impressive genre track record, having written the screenplays for 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, and Dredd. His script for Ex Machina nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, though the prize ended up going to Spotlight.

"I work in and exist in a weird little subset of stories," Garland said in 2020. "Some people will definitely feel very oppositional; they'll think the stories are boring or pretentious or pointless. And I know that, but I just don't particularly care ... I work out of compulsion. I don't sit down and plan something, and I definitely don't sit down and plan based on what the anticipated response would be."

Men opens in theaters Friday, May 20.

Garland's next movie — the seemingly dystopian Civil War — is currently lined up at A24. Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man), Wagner Moura (Narcos), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Dune), and Cailee Spaeny (Devs) have all been cast so far.

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