THE SHROUDS: First Trailer For David Cronenberg's Macabre Thriller Is "Not Meant For The Living"

THE SHROUDS: First Trailer For David Cronenberg's Macabre Thriller Is "Not Meant For The Living" THE SHROUDS: First Trailer For David Cronenberg's Macabre Thriller Is "Not Meant For The Living"

Ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next week, the first teaser trailer for David Cronenberg's The Shrouds has been released online...

By MarkCassidy - May 15, 2024 07:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Horror
Source: Via FearHQ

Legendary filmmaker David Cronenberg's Crimes of the Future released in 2022, eight years after Maps to The Stars. Thankfully, we're not going to have to wait nearly as long for the body horror maestro's next film, which is set to premiere during this year's Cannes Film Festival next week.

Titled The Shrouds, the movie stars Vincent Cassel (Irreversible, Eastern Promises), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Guy Pearce (Memento) and Sandrine Holt (Fear the Walking Dead).

The first teaser trailer is now online.

The footage doesn't give us very much to go on, basically just serving as an introduction to Vincent Cassel's Karsh, "an innovative businessman and grieving widower, builds a novel device to connect with the dead inside a burial shroud. This burial tool installed at his own state-of-the-art – though controversial cemetery allows him and his clients to watch their specific departed loved one decompose in real time."

“Most burial rituals are about avoiding the reality of death and the reality of what happens to a body. I would say that in our movie this is a reversal of the normal function of a shroud. Here, it is to reveal rather than to conceal,” Cronenberg tells Variety. “I was writing this film while experiencing the grief of the loss of my wife, who died seven years ago. It was an exploration for me because it was not just a technical exercise, it was an emotional exercise.”

He adds, “In a way, the shrouds that my main character has invented are cinematic devices. They are creating their own cinema, a post-death cinema, a cinema of decay. Before writing the script, I was aware that there was a cinematic aspect to the shrouds, creating their own strange grave cinema, cemetery cinema. It’s so interesting because I’m often watching movies in order to see dead people. I want to see them again, I want to hear them. And so cinema is in a way a kind of shrouded post-death machine, you know. In a way, cinema is a cemetery.”

Crimes of the Future proved to be highly divisive, and based on what we know of this movie's premise, we can't imagine The Shrouds being any different.

Check out the teaser below along with a recent poster, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

The Shrouds will see the return of several Cronenberg collaborators, including cinematographer Douglas Koch, editor Christopher Donaldson, and composer Howard Shore.

Crimes of the Future proved to be highly divisive (as much of Cronenberg's work often does), so expect similar reactions from Cannes when The Shrouds premieres at Cannes.

The 77th annual Cannes Film Festival will take place from 14 to 25 May. Greta Gerwig will serve as jury president for the main competition, while actress Camille Cottin will host the opening and closing ceremonies.

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TheLight - 5/15/2024, 7:42 AM
"Not Meant For The Living"

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MarkCassidy - 5/15/2024, 7:44 AM
I might be the only person I know that liked Crimes of the Future.
TheMetaMan - 5/15/2024, 8:27 AM
@MarkCassidy - is it worth a watch?
MarkCassidy - 5/15/2024, 8:41 AM
@TheMetaMan - If you like Cornenberg's usual style, it's about as "Cronenbergian" as it gets. But some very interesting ideas and twisted scenes.
clintthahamster - 5/15/2024, 8:44 AM
@MarkCassidy - Been meaning to check it out. I love Cronenberg's first 20 years, give or take, but he lost me with Spider. I'd say maybe I was too young at the time, but if anything, my tastes have gotten less sophisticated in the last 20 years. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
DocSpock - 5/15/2024, 10:09 AM
@TheMetaMan -

Izaizaiza - 5/15/2024, 10:46 AM
@MarkCassidy - I thought crimes of the future was an interesting film. Through all the Sci-Fi weirdness, it's commentary on the fine art world was spot on
IAmAHoot - 5/15/2024, 11:13 AM
@MarkCassidy - Ear dude is just too unsettling.
TheMetaMan - 5/15/2024, 11:57 AM
@DocSpock - 😅😅😂
TheMetaMan - 5/15/2024, 12:00 PM
@MarkCassidy - As a film fanatic I’m open minded to anything and everything. I liked to be surprised. I think I will check it out at some point.
LSHF - 5/15/2024, 8:19 AM
"Not Meant For The Living"

Well, I guess I should skip seeing this one, then.
LSHF - 5/15/2024, 8:22 AM
It looks like, unlike comic book movies, this film will be true cinema.
RolandD - 5/15/2024, 9:10 AM
@LSHF - Is that Scorcese in the middle row?
LSHF - 5/15/2024, 9:12 AM
@RolandD - Lol. Yes, and Francis Ford Coppola is next to him.
RolandD - 5/15/2024, 9:26 AM
@LSHF - I love the smell of popcorn in the morning.
LSHF - 5/15/2024, 11:35 AM
@RolandD - Lol. Sure beats napalm!
RolandD - 5/15/2024, 12:18 PM
@LSHF - Right?
LSHF - 5/15/2024, 12:49 PM
@RolandD - I hope so...
DocSpock - 5/15/2024, 10:23 AM

This goofy guy is soooo hit & miss. I'm gonna watch it anyway. But then again, I'm a total weirdo.
LSHF - 5/15/2024, 11:37 AM
@DocSpock - Well, if you're gonna be weird, no point in half-assing it. Go all the way!
Izaizaiza - 5/15/2024, 10:48 AM
I'll probably end up checking this out. I'm not always in the mood for a cronenberg film, but when I make myself sit down and watch one, I usually enjoy it. Also, he made the remake of the fly, which is probably up there in my top three or four favorite sci-fi horror movies of all time.
IAmAHoot - 5/15/2024, 11:12 AM
The plot is shrouded in mystery with this trailer.
DocSpock - 5/15/2024, 12:07 PM

It's a dead man's party; who could ask for more?....
narrow290 - 5/15/2024, 3:16 PM
@DocSpock - leave your body at the door....
DocSpock - 5/15/2024, 3:32 PM
@narrow290 -

I get that a lot.

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