Whoa… where the hell did this come from? Magnolia has released a trailer this week for a movie called Beyond the Black Rainbow, which I had not even heard of up until now, but let me tell you, it’s bound to turn a few heads. Beyond the Black Rainbow is a Canadian science-fiction film that seems to have its feet planted firmly in David Cronenberg territory, although I am also reminded of the works of David Lynch and George Lucas’ THX 1138. Director Panos Cosmatos is the son of George P. Cosmatos (yes, the same guy who did such ’80s classics as Rambo: First Blood Part II, Cobra, and Leviathan), but clearly seems to be doing his own thing here.
The story, as far as I can tell, has something to do with a doctor who is experimenting with mind control technology, although the official synopsis simply describes it as “a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons.” The trailer does present some pretty unique and trippy visuals, although it also seems like it could run the risk of being an impenetrable mess. There’s no official release date yet but Magnolia will be releasing it sometime in 2012. In the meantime, check out the trailer after the jump and see if you can wrap your head around it!