'Shame' Red-Band Trailer: Sex And The Subway

Shame, the new collaboration between Hunger director Steve McQueen and star Michael Fassbender, is about to open in limited release this weekend after months of built-up interest following the film's festival debut. The picture quickly earned a certain notoriety for explicit sexual content, with an NC-17 rating handed down from the MPAA.But Fox Searchlight didn't run from the rating. Instead, the studio embraced the tag and is using Shame as sort of a small rallying cry for the acceptance of truly mature entertainment.

Now, just before the public at large gets a chance to see the movie, Fox Searchlight has released a red-band trailer for Shame. You might expect something wildly explicit given the film's rating and reputation. But this is actually quite a well-done trailer that suggests a lot more than it shows. (There is some sex and nudity, yes.)

Hit the break for a sexually-charged train ride that is like the bastard son of ideas from Alfred Hitchcock and Darren Aronofsky.

This originally premiered on Facebook. You can see PG-rated trailers here and here.


I like this trailer a lot; the look on Michael Fassbender's face as he stares down a woman on the subway is almost frightening, and so charged with energy. And that little reveal at the end of the trailer is actually quite big in the context of the scene, and makes me eager to see how this plays out in the full film.

Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life spirals out of control.