‘Cuckoo’ Trailer: Hunter Schafer Stars In NEON’s Nightmarish Horror This Summer

If you’ve seen Hunter Schafer in HBO’s Euphoria, you know she’s adept at playing characters struggling to cope with a lifetime of abuse, tragedy, and family drama. Well, Schafer is bringing all of that and more to NEON’s upcoming horror, Cuckoo, which has just dropped a new trailer featuring some truly freaky imagery.

The second feature from German director Tilman Singer (Luz), who shot it in 35mm, Cuckoo stars Schafer alongside Dan Stevens, Jessica Henwick, Jan Bluthardt, Martin Csokas, Greta Fernández, and Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey. An impressive group, to be sure.

Here’s the synopsis: Reluctantly, 17-year-old Gretchen leaves her American home to live with her father, who has just moved into a resort in the German Alps with his new family. Arriving at their future residence, they are greeted by Mr. König, her father’s boss, who takes an inexplicable interest in Gretchen’s mute half-sister Alma. Something doesn’t seem right in this tranquil vacation paradise. Gretchen is plagued by strange noises and bloody visions until she discovers a shocking secret that also concerns her own family.

This is Singer’s first feature in six years after breaking out with the horror film Luz, which is terrifying in its own right with visuals that will burn into your brain. Clearly, he hasn’t lost a step.

NEON opens Cuckoo in theaters on August 9th.


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