If you somehow managed to make it through elementary school astronomy lessons and all those movies about comets hurtling towards Earth without developing a fear of outer space, first of all, congratulations. That’s very impressive. But second of all, the first official trailer for the new movie Gravity might just do the trick. Because not only is it about space; it’s about being lost in space. Alone.
The movie’s from director AlfonsoÂ CuarĂłn of Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban fame. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts who are thrown into space when debris crashes into their shuttle. That description is enough to thoroughly freak me out, but it’s nothing compared to watching the trailer. I spent the whole video with my mouth hanging open in terror. Well, not the whole video. The first part of the video I was just slightly disturbed, despite the fact that pleasant music is playing and George Clooney is raving about how beautiful everything in space is. But then something very bad happens and poor Sandra Bullock is so terrified, and I’m so terrified, and I just want her to be okay. And it’s not very helpful that the trailer says, in that typical melodramatic trailer fashion, “DON’T. LET. GO.” That doesn’t help Sandra Bullock as she’s careening through outer space, Mr. Trailer. I’m sure she doesn’t want to let go. She just can’t really help it right now.
Stories about people who are alone in dangerous situations are already pretty horrifying. I find movies like 127 Hours and Buried to be scarier than regular horror movies, because it’s a subtle kind of scary that’s unimaginably disturbing. Add the creepy confusion of outer space to the mix, and it’s downright chilling.
The thing that makes this trailer even more terrifying? It’s going to be in 3D. So you will presumably be able to feel like you’re right there with Sandra and George in the vast abyss. Which is just delightful, don’t you think?
The movie comes out October 4, so watch the trailer below and spend the next five months mentally and emotionally preparing yourself for this experience.