Bullying, toxic masculinity, the male gaze, and sexism—these are just a few of the trigger warnings that popped up in the new red-band teaser trailer for Assassination Nation,
The one-minute trailer is something out of a parent’s worst nightmare: guns being shot in unison by four women in red, a riot lit by the flashing red and blue lights of a cop car and a school fight encouraged by students chanting, “fight, fight, fight!” Confused yet?
The film acts as a satirical ode on the current state of America fueled by social media. Here’s the plot according to its official synopsis: “High school senior Lily and her group of friends live in a haze of texts, posts, selfies and chats just like the rest of the world. So, when an anonymous hacker starts posting details from the private lives of everyone in their small town, the result is absolute madness leaving Lily and her friends questioning whether they’ll live through the night.”
You can watch the trailer below, which opens up with a kid biking in a quiet suburb, accompanied by a chilling lullaby straight from Satan’s Spotify playlist. A narrator then states, “You may think I’m exaggerating, but this is the story of how my town, Salem, lost its motherfucking mind.”
The raunchy film first debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it landed a $10-million deal with notable distribution companies, the highest purchase of the festival yet. The chaotic mess unfolds on September 21 and stars Bella Thorne, Bill Skarsgård, Hari Nef, Maude Apatow, and Suki Waterhouse.