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Join the Hunt for Martha Marcy May Marlene Trailers; Exclusive Preview and Photo

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 18, 2011 at 4:30AM

Fox Searchlight is releasing two chilling new trailers for writer-director Sean Durkin's Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene--which will be screened at this fall's Toronto and New York Film Festivals before its opening October 21--but it will be tough to find them. Searchlight isn't presenting these trailers via your standard online portal premiere. Their access codes will be embedded in unusual ways that have not been tried before--keep your eyes peeled Friday.
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Fox Searchlight is releasing two chilling new trailers for writer-director Sean Durkin's Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene--which will be screened at this fall's Toronto and New York Film Festivals before its opening October 21--but it will be tough to find them. Searchlight isn't presenting these trailers via your standard online portal premiere. Their access codes will be embedded in unusual ways that have not been tried before--keep your eyes peeled Friday.

I took a peek at both trailers, featuring Elizabeth Olsen (younger sibling to the Olsen twins), who displays her acting chops in this movie, opposite Sarah Paulson (above, with Olsen in this exclusive photo) as her bewildered sister and Winter's Bone Oscar nominee John Hawkes as the mesmerizing cult leader who haunts Olsen as she tries to escape his clutches.

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The first trailer shows Olsen as a young girl variously called Martha, Marcy, May and Marlene by members of not only her real family but the one she joins that is run by Hawkes. The second trailer shows how Hawkes seduces, manipulates and controls the women in his cult, getting them to do things far outside the norm.

Here's video of the Martha Marcy May Marlene Sundance press conference.

This article is related to: Box Office, Festivals, Genres, Studios, Video, Marketing, Fall, Toronto, NYFF, Drama, Fox Searchlight, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.