Hunter Schafer Is the Perfect Final Girl in the Unsettling First Trailer for ‘Cuckoo’

Cuckoo, the long-awaited horror movie starring Hunter Schafer, finally has a trailer.

We got our first look at Cuckoo back in February, when film distributor Neon posted an eerie 34-second teaser to social media. The trailer, released Wednesday, marks the most substantial preview of the film thus far, offering us an extensive look at the Euphoria star in final girl mode.

According to an official synopsis obtained by the horror magazine Fangoria, Schafer plays a 17-year-old named Gretchen, who moves from the U.S. to a resort in the German Alps with her father and his new family. The resort’s owner, Mr. König (Dan Stevens), “takes an inexplicable interest in Gretchen’s mute half-sister Alma,” while Gretchen “is plagued by strange noises and bloody visions until she discovers a shocking secret that also concerns her own family.”

Schafer is every bit the disaffected teenager in the trailer, which is initially reminiscent of Twin Peaks and/or The Shining with beautiful, sweeping shots of the forest, the mountains, and the resort itself. Much like its cinematic influences, Cuckoo seems to start off an aesthetically pleasing note before morphing into something much darker.

It’s unclear how, exactly, things take a turn for the worse but Gretchen is attacked while riding her bike at night, and is next shown bruised and bloody with her arm in a cast. The rest of the trailer is similarly bloody and mysterious, with shadowy figures seemingly around every corner; if you look closely, you can see a blonde wig and white sunglasses on one of the assailants, which seems to be a recurring motif.

Schafer seems perfectly at home in the horror genre, wielding a knife and snapping a wooden board in half to use as a weapon. The role will also mark Schafer’s first main role in a feature film; though she debuted on the big screen in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, she played a supporting role. And what a memorably chilling debut it’s shaping up to be!

Cuckoo will be released in theaters on May 3.

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