‘Longlegs’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage & Maika Monroe Star In Oz Perkins’ Serial Killer Horror Arriving July 12

Nicolas Cage never went away, but he’s had a recent career resurgence. “Pig” and “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” were both critical successes for the star. Last year’s more commercial “Renfield” put Cage’s talent front and center as he took on the iconic, villainous role of Dracula. And the surreal, nuanced turn in “Dream Scenario” even put him back in the Oscar conversation last year, even if he ultimately missed a nomination.

Longlegs” looks to be another potential hit for the star in the horror thriller genre. The producers have made it clear that the actor plays the serial killer in this upcoming feature, which looks to be a twisted blend of “True Detective” and “Silence of the Lambs.” It’s unconventional to reveal the murderer’s identity before the movie’s release. Especially one played by an actor as big as Cage. But this only adds to the intrigue of the film.

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Maika Monroe, of “It Follows” fame, stars as FBI agent Lee Harker. Nicolas Cage plays the serial killer. The movie also stars Alicia Witt and Blair Underwood.

The film is written and directed by Oz Perkins, whose previous work includes “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” and “Gretel and Hansel.” Perkins is also the son of Anthony Perkins, star of the Hollywood classic “Psycho.”

The movie follows FBI agent Lee Harker as she tracks down a serial killer. The investigation soon takes on supernatural elements as Harker discovers a personal connection to the murder. “Longlegs” blends classic Hollywood psychological thriller elements with modern horror sensibilities. 

The synopsis:

Set in 1974, the film focuses on Lee Harker, a new FBI agent, who has been assigned to an unsolved case of a serial killer. As the investigation becomes more complicated with occult evidence uncovered, Harker realizes a personal link to the killer and must act quickly to prevent another family murder.

Nicolas Cage, Dan Kagan, and Brian-Kavanaugh Jones are the film producers. Neon will release “Longlegs” on July 12. Watch the new trailer below.