At last year’s Fantastic Fest your writer attended a debate-cum-boxing match in which the two people came to literal blows over the topic “Rocky 4 is the single greatest boxing film of all time” — but only after Dolph Lundgren made a surprise appearance to belittle the debater-pugilist disputing the motion. Was that the most memorable thing I saw that week at the Austin-based event? Nope. That wasn’t even the most memorable thing I saw that night.
A couple of hours previous to Lundgren’s arrival in the ring, EW had attended the U.S. premiere of The Bad Batch, a uniquely berserk tale of love and cannibalism, which will not be easily forgotten by anyone who watches it. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), the film stars Suki Waterhouse as a woman named Arlen who is dumped in a Texas wasteland fenced off from civilized society and is almost immediately captured by a savage band of cannibals, whose membership includes a character played by Jason Momoa. To say that both mayhem and weirdness ensue is putting matters very mildly indeed. The film’s notable cast also features Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna, and Jim Carrey.
The Bad Batch is being released by Neon on June 23. You can see the film’s new teaser trailer* above.
*(Fun fact: Turns out, the debater who was arguing that Rocky 4 is the greatest boxing movie of all-time, Alamo Drafthouse employee and devoted and Nic Cage fan, Greg MacLennan, also edited the Bad Batch teaser trailer.)