The second teaser for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master dropped today, and it’s a creepy, unsettling, and hypnotic as the first teaser that was released in late May. While that trailer focused on a drifter played by Joaquin Phoenix who comes under the sway of an unseen L. Ron Hubbard type, the new clip is all about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s writer/philosopher/nuclear physicist/pseudo Scientology creator. Check it out below.
The plot goes something like this: Freddie (Phoenix) is a Naval officer and drifter who teams up with religious leader Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), to create a post-World War II religious system (which is, despite what the studio says, a stand-in for Scientology). The new religious movement picks up speed and success, and Freddie begins to have his doubts in both Dodd and their new religion.
It’s a spooky, moody little clip, which, like the first teaser, gives more of a window into the film’s mood rather than explicitly offering up spoilers and plot points. It’s a nice change of pace from a summer in which entire movies are given away via their trailers (I’m pretty sure I was able to string together all the Prometheus teasers, trailers and viral ads together to create the entire storyline of the film).
The Master is set for an October 12 release.
What did you think of the new teaser?