‘Lamb’ Trailer: Noomi Rapace Stars In A24’s Latest Buzzworthy Horror Involving Sheep

The Witch, Midsommar, Hereditary, The Lighthouse…whenever A24 backs a horror film it’s cause to perk up and pay attention. They are again on the case with Lamb, which continues their fondness for sheep/goat-based thrillers. The film created quite a stir at Cannes where it premiered out-of-competition, mainly due to its bizarre premise.

I don’t want to spoil it, because the new trailer doesn’t put it all out there on the table, but Lamb is damn weird. The film stars Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snaer Gudnason as a childless Icelandic couple working on their sheep farm. Early in the footage we see one of their animals give birth to a lamb, but as the deliberate camera angles shield you from a complete view, you quickly get the sense that something else is up. Is it something demonic? Or is Mother Nature just seriously fucking with them?

Even the new poster keeps the film’s big twist hidden from view…

Lamb is directed and co-written by Valdimar Jóhannsson, joined by co-writer Sjón who worked with Robert Eggers on The Northman. I can see a lot of visual and thematic similarities to Eggers’ breakout film, The Witch.

A24 will release Lamb in theaters on October 8th.

A childless couple in rural Iceland make an alarming discovery one day in their sheep barn. They soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature, in this dark and atmospheric folktale, the striking debut feature from director Valdimar Jóhannsson.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.