Stephen King’s IT remake is getting all the press within the world of new horror films, but the Michael Fassbender film, The Snowman, might even be scarier than the killer, sewer-dwelling clown of Derry, Maine.
We’ll admit, the premise behind Snowman is a little ridiculous and if Fassbender wasn’t on the bill with Martin Scorsese listed as a producer, we might have skipped over the trailer all together. However, dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover the film is directed by iconic Swedish director, Tomas Alfredson.
Alfredson made a household name for himself with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011, but 2008’s Let the Right One In may be his masterpiece. In the film, IMDB writes, “Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful peculiar girl.”
It sounds simple enough, but this is because they’re avoiding the use of the word “vampire” in the description. Like The Snowman, the film is also set in the winter, where it's both conceptually and visibly dark, like a David Fincher film (the film was later remade in America as Let Me In, starring Chloë Grace Moretz).
As a viewer, it appears that the girl’s father is helping her gather her prey, which consists of homeless people and drifters, whom he then drains for blood. There’s a little more to the story, but one of the final scenes which consists of a long-shot, one-take, mass murder, is worth the watch (if you can't find the full film, see the final shot here).
In The Snowman, Fassbender stars as Detective Harry Hole, alongside Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons, and Rebecca Ferguson. IMDB writes, “Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.”
There are some moments in the trailer with body parts that will likely remind viewers of Dexter and the cinematography is as pristine as any Alfredson film. “A woman vanished last night,” begins Fassbender’s character. “We just found the body.”
From there, the adaptation from Norweigan author Jo Nesbø's novel shows images of a fish flopping on ice, scattered limbs, blood-splatter in snow and an especially eerie song, which sounds like a remake of “Voodoo in My Blood,” by Massive Attack.
If you haven't caught the trailer yet, have a watch below: