Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
Reconnecting with an old friend sounds pretty nice, especially if said friend turns out to be a generous and thoughtful gift-giver. But in the first The Gift trailer, Simon (Jason Bateman) quickly realizes that his new old friend Gordo (Joel Edgerton) has a dark side — and that he could wind up exposing some of Simon’s unsavory secrets, too.
Edgerton directed and Rebecca Hall also stars. Hit the jump to watch The Gift trailer, and also to see the incredibly unsettling message “Gordo” personally sent Peter ahead of the trailer debut. Our boss will probably want to sleep with one eye open tonight.
STX Entertainment premiered The Gift trailer on YouTube.
The trailer debut is spooky and all, but frankly it can’t hold a candle to the very creepy (and very effective) marketing campaign which preceded it. Over the past day or so, @YourFriendGordo has been sending hyper-specific presents to certain journalists. Here’s what Peter got:
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 1, 2015
Seems innocuous enough until you realize he really did work at Computer City as a teenager, and that he now has a dog named Pixel.
Another friend of ours got a glass to replace one he broke in 2009:
Hey, it's working, because I'm tweeting about it. But wouldn't this freak you out? I broke that glass in 2009. pic.twitter.com/QKJzM6a52i
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) March 31, 2015
Well, that’s certainly one way to make a generically titled thriller stand out. Here’s hoping the movie is even half as disturbing as the marketing campaign behind it.
The Gift opens July 31, 2015. It marks Edgerton’s feature directing debut, though he has previously helmed some shorts.
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