Jonathan Glazer's eerie sci-fi thriller Under The Skin hits theaters Friday, his first full-length film in nearly a decade. In fact, it's only the third film of his career. The British filmmaker famously got his start in music videos, where he produced visions just as surreal and unsettling as his features, and prove Glazer is a master of creeping people out. .
Maybe you've seen the trailer for Under The Skin. Maybe it made your skin crawl and your insides twist, and made you genuinely petrified of Scarlet Johansson. It is a downright disturbing two-minute teaser that doesn't so much tell you what the movie is about, but certainly conveys the feeling of the film. And that feeling is unnerving as hell (they use the word right in the trailer).
Glazer's music videos are the same sort of visceral, perturbing experiences. A short jaunt through his video directing career leaves one creeped out, confused, and for the right kind of viewer, anxious to see what he does in Under The Skin.
The 1995 music video for Massive Attack's "Karmacoma" was his directorial debut.
It has the same sort of "what the hell is going on here" vibe as the Under The Skin trailer, and features a lot of close ups of sweaty, hairy men. Also this guy:
The video includes a lot of heavy Stanley Kubrick imagery (there's a reason the UTS trailer likens Glazer to the 2001 director), from the hotel setting right on down to The Shining's twins. There's nothing particularly coherent going on, rather just a bunch of weird scenes simultaneously occurring in one fucked-up hotel.