The Trailer for ‘I Saw the TV Glow’ Promises Spooky Queer Horror Ripped From the VHS Era

If there’s one thing director Jane Schoenbrun understands, it’s the simultaneous allure and dread that comes from staring at screens. The director’s buzzy 2021 film We’re All Going to the World’s Fair captured the horror of late nights spent scrolling through creepypastas and spooky videos of dubious origin. Judging from the visually spectacular new trailer for I Saw The TV Glow, which just dropped today, Schoenbrun is now turning their attention to the VHS era to remarkable effect.

The anticipated A24 release, coming to theaters May 3, stars Justice Smith as Owen, a bored teenager whose classmate Maddy (Brigette Lundy-Paine) “introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show,” per the film’s official description. The show, known as The Pink Opaque, is referred to in the trailer as a monster-of-the-week program à la Buffy the Vampire Slayer in which a group of friends band together to ward off local baddies. But as Owen and Maddy revisit the old videotapes in the present day, they begin to question whether a television show was “all it was.”

Cue lots of spooky, reality-bending scenes in which the border between reality and fiction begins to blur, complete with eerie neon-pink symbols that appear to be permanently etched onto the back of people’s necks. You can watch the full trailer here: