Norwegian Horror Flick “The Innocents” Gets a Disturbing Trailer

Fresh off his Academy Award nomination for co-writing The Worst Person in the World, Eskil Vogt has a new film arriving soon. Like the acclaimed romantic comedy, this one also competed at last year's Cannes Film Festival. But that's about all they have in common. The Innocents is after something much darker.

There's something horrifying and irresistible about kids with special powers. Whether it's X-Men or Chronicle, it's a premise filled with potential. Children can be far more loving than adults, but also capable of sinister things. That's why adding telekinetic abilities to their still-growing consciences can have deadly consequences. In the warm summer days, four kids start hanging out, wandering into the forests and playgrounds near their homes. They test out their new abilities, upping the ante along the way. With no supervision, it won't be long before someone gets hurt, or worse.

The Innocents opens in select theaters and on VOD on May 13.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.