One of my earliest introductions to J-horror cinema was Takashi Miike’s chilling Audition (1999), which turned a widower’s dating life into hell. It’s no coincidence that The Eyes of My Mother director Nicolas Pesce‘s psychological thriller Piercing looks in the same vein – the film is based on Audition writer Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name! Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive drop on the red band trailer that’s going to warm the cockles of your heart with sex and violence.
In this twisted love story, Reed (Christoper Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he’s packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there’s an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who’s playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood.
Piercing will release in limited theaters and on Digital HD and VOD platforms February 1, 2019.