Trailer for Panos Cosmatos’ Trippy, Terrifying Sci-Fi Feature ‘Beyond the Black Rainbow’

Written by on February 10, 2012 

If you wanted me to count off the most memorable theatrical experiences I had throughout 2011, the Tribeca premiere of Beyond the Black Rainbow would be right near the top. But trying to sum up the debut feature from writer and director Panos Cosmatos in a few sentences is a fool’s errand, so take my personal description for what it may be worth: Imagine if, in the year 1983, a sci-fi-loving electronic music enthusiast took a hallucinogenic drug and fell asleep. Beyond the Black Rainbow would either be his ultimate dream or his worst nightmare.

I’ve been telling people about the film for almost eleven months — it was even a 2011 honorable mention — and, now, they can finally get some idea by watching this terrific new trailer from Apple. Here, we get some of Cosmatos‘ chilling compositions, a brief display of the great cinematography, and a little ambient soundtrack — but it’s just a hint of the bigger picture. Seriously: If atmospheric, experimental sci-fi interests you in the least, start getting excited.

Watch it below:


Beyond the Black Rainbow, written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. Cosmatos brings a bold, Kubrickian vision to the screen in stunning detail in this sci-fi fable of a young woman imprisoned in an experimental laboratory and the enigmatic scientist who is her captor. Set in a futuristic 1983, Elena finds herself held against her will in a mysterious facility under the watchful eye of the sinister Dr. Barry Nyle. Pushed to her limits, Elena is left with no choice but to navigate an escape from her labyrinthine prison, in the process revealing its hidden secrets.

Starring Michael Rogers, Eva Allan, and Scott Hylands, Beyond the Black Rainbow is expected to hit in limited release and on VOD this spring.

Does this trailer build any anticipation on your own part?

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