She literally will not rest! Just two weeks after announcing her fourth full-length album, our queen — no — goddess, Halsey dropped the trailer for an hour-long film on us. The theatrical experience will accompany her upcoming album of the same name, and if we weren’t already internally combusting, we sure are now.
We believe in Halsey supremacy — someone give her all the awards.
The trailer opens with two of the rawest lines we’ve ever read: “This film is about the lifelong social labyrinth of sexuality and birth. The greatest horror stories never told were buried with the bodies of those who died in that labyrinth.”
What follows is nothing short of an artistic masterpiece. As Halsey ominously croons, “all of this is temporary,” we’re introduced to a richly developed land that elegantly combines the visual spectacle of Game of Thrones with the eerie sense of danger evoked by Grimm’s fairy tales. NGL, we’re getting some major ‘Castle’ vibes too.
We’re shown flashes of a dead body, a blood-stained gown, a ghostly painting, and a very creepy reflection of Halsey in a mirror. One second she’s being chased through a dark forest, the next she’s underwater. She’s screaming, giving birth, while a blind witch-like midwife tries to console her. Then, she’s being adorned with jewelry and crowned a queen. All that in literally two minutes. How do we handle more!?
The entire trailer is strongly aestheticized, with some stand-out details including the ornate 16th-century chalices, candelabras, and castle furnishings. The costuming is exquisite, with regal period pieces and era-accurate hair do’s dragging us completely and utterly into this allegorical world Halsey has invited us to. And of course, she absolutely serves in every single one of them.
Wow, we thought we were speechless but turns out we could probably go on forever about this trailer.
If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power was penned by Halsey herself and directed by the Grammy-nominated Colin Tilley. The hour-long concept film is set to the music of her upcoming album and further expands Halsey’s exploration of the body as a sexual construct and a vessel for childbirth. It’ll be shown in select IMAX theatres for one night only, and tickets go on sale on August 3rd. Her fourth album, also named If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, can be pre-ordered right now and will be released on August 27.
Halsey’s never been a stranger to pushing creative boundaries and ensuring her influence expands far beyond her music. This cinematic production is but a testament to her sheer power and creativity.
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Featured Image Source: Halsey’s Official YouTube