Sometimes you see a trailer and and your brain screams, “I don’t know what the hell I just watched, but I love it!” This is one of those times.
Even though nobody’s carrying a huge knife, dressing as his mother, or wearing a hockey mask, this feels a little Friday the 13th and Psycho, with a side of Fright Night’s sly humor. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen a film like that in a long while — where you don’t know whether to nervously laugh, or be terrified. Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip) has reteamed with Elisabeth Moss for a strange little psychological thriller — one of my favorite kinds of films — that takes a closer look at the line between friendship and hate. Moss plays Catherine, a depressed woman overwhelmed by concurrent major life events. Looking for solace, Catherine visits her longtime friend, Ginny’s (Katherine Waterston) lakeside home, but instead of enjoying the peaceful oasis, Catherine feels a strange tension. Antagonized by Ginny’s invasive neighbor (Patrick Fugit), the women’s friendship breaks down, and as you can see in this moody teaser, paranoia sets in.
I don’t know what I love more, the goofy announcer, or listening to Moss’s impossibly wicked monologue near the end. It’s already drawing comparisons to Repulsion, and Queen of Earth has the feeling of the kind of movie we’ve not seen in far too long.
QoE premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, and hits theaters/VOD August 26th.