Watch the Genuinely Creepy First Clip from Sci-Fi Thriller "Midnight Special"

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 - 1:38PM
Midnight Special
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 - 1:38PM
Watch the Genuinely Creepy First Clip from Sci-Fi Thriller "Midnight Special"
We haven't seen much from Midnight Special yet, other than some pictures and footage of people standing in fields, looking up at the sky, and giving each other worried looks. We still expected it to be good, since it has so much talent behind it, but considering how close they're playing this movie to the vest, this first clip is surprisingly exciting:


The clip has a nice bit of misdirection, as at first we think the tension is coming from the boy's ability to hurt people with his eyes. You get the feeling from Michael Shannon's reaction that she would be in danger if the child took his goggles off, presumably from the light emitted from his eyes in the trailer, but then it turns out that the kid has brought a very different kind of danger upon them: a meteor shower. I'll be curious to see whether the boy is supposed to be an innocent victim of his powers, because for now, his tone of voice when he says "I'm sorry" is f*cking creepy.

The movie follows a father (Michael Shannon) who tries to protect his supernaturally gifted son by going on the run from the government. It also stars Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver, and comes from director Jeff Nichols, who previously helmed critically acclaimed films Take Shelter (also starring Michael Shannon) and Mud. Nichols told Yahoo Movies that the film is inspired by old-school sci-fi like Starman, E.T., and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Opening quote
"There's this bigger, general idea of sci-fi government chase movies," said Nichols. "There's a look to those films that I really love," he tells Yahoo Movies. "The blue lens flares, the inky blacks. It comes from that feeling, that sense that I got of watching those movies as a kid. That's the kind of movie I wanted to make - that was mysterious and unfolded and took me to some new place."
Closing quote

Speaking of lens flares, they're not CGI, as Nichols used practical effects wherever possible. The light emitted from the child's eyes, for example, comes from LED bulbs that were placed on specially made goggles.

Opening quote
"Ninety percent of the lens flares in the film are emitted from this light and are natural," said Nichols. "I approach effects the same way as location scouting and wardrobe - I try make them as practical as possible."
Closing quote




Midnight Special comes out in theaters on March 18.
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