The First Teaser Trailer for Annihilation Is Creepy as Hell

The 2014 science fiction novel by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation, seemed almost impossible to visually adapt, but there’s one thing director Alex Garland seems to have nailed: how creepy it is.

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In the movie’s teaser, we see Natalie Portman enter a hallucinogenic world of shimmering light that feels almost sentient, backed up by Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, and Tessa Thompson. We also get a glimpse of her husband, played by Oscaar Isaac, who deteriorates before her eyes after stepping foot into the mysterious Area X.

Eventually, the tone shifts from “maybe these woods are haunted” to “murder in Candyland” as people brandish weapons, scratch their skin off, and get sucked into abandoned shacks by unseen forces as an ominous siren blares. We may not find out all the secrets of VanderMeer’s world in this movie (or we may!), but we’ll definitely be immersed in the vibe of imminent danger.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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Solarge Knowles

I’m ready for whatever Garland, Thompson, Rodriguez, Leigh, Portman, and Isaac are serving up!

My fav book is the first in this series, but if the movie is taking it even farther than that book then I’m excited for the rest of the movies.

Sidenote: This movies success better make WB realize the power of Poison Ivy as a complex villain and her and Harley Quinn need to share a movie.