What Is Going On In This THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX Trailer?

Mystery, murder, and a monster.

Some movie trailers come along and look like they might be one thing, only to reveal some twists that disrupt your ability to put the films into convenient little boxes. This trailer for The 9th Life of Louis Drax is one of them:

I sort of had a handle on what was going on here. A kid miraculously survives two hours of death after falling off a cliff. Or was he pushed? Where’d his dad (Aaron Paul) go? Oh, that doctor’s a hottie (Jamie Dornan)! I bet he and the mom get into some stuff together.

But then a weird sewage monster shows up, and it’s much harder to suss out what kind of movie this will be. Is it horror? Is it a mystery? Is it all in the little tyke’s mind? Add in the fact that it was directed by Alexandre Aja, and the whole thing gets even more confusing. 

I guess we’ll have to see the film to find out. We can all do that starting September 2.