Thoughts on Trailer for The Snowman

At first when I saw this on my feed I thought this would be some dumb horror movie given the title and thumbnail but what this seems to be is a horror inflected thriller/noir in the vein of Se7en from the director of spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and horror Let The Right One In, both of which were really dramas masquerading as genre films. This looks like Tomas Alfredson’s most straightforward genre film yet but if there’s one thing I know from him it’s that he will not do what you expect him to do.

Red Letter Media have coined a term with reviews of Gone Girl and Don’t Breathe, ‘classy sleaze’, more conventional, trashy elements which in the cases of these movies had been explored in films like Fatal Attraction and The Last House On The Left respectively but with a really professional and elevated stylistic sheen. That’s really what this trailer makes it out to be with really conventional exploitation/horror/noir elements in the plot foundation but I am expecting far more here.

RalphTheMovieMaker found Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy boring, I found it deliciously thrilling. When they remade Let The Right One In as Let Me In, the filmmaker, Matt Reeves, (Dawn Of The Planet Of The ApesCloverfield), clearly thought that was boring because he put way more stuff in there, but I also think that’s a really thrilling movie. So I guess we’ll just have to see where it takes us.

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