Is A24 Using Mad Libs for Their Films?

Amanda Bussman
2 min readAug 6, 2021
Photo by Daniel Sandvik on Unsplash

It’s no secret that A24 seems to know what they’re doing when it comes to the films they put out. This independent film company keeps hitting high notes with films such as Lady Bird, The Florida Project, and Midsommar. The film company, out of New York City, knows how to make a movie.

So far in 2021 A24 has put out 5 different films. Their newest addition, The Green Knight, directed by David Lowery, is a must-see. It’s a well put together and original take on the 14th-century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

A24’s prior films aren’t exactly what we need to talk about. Instead, it’s the next film that the production company has coming: Lamb.

On October 8th A24 plans on taking its audience on an adventure to rural Iceland. In the film starring Noomi Rapace, we see a childless couple. From what can be surmised from the trailer, this couple ends up taking a newborn lamb and raising it as their child. This decision doesn’t seem to sit with their other sheep very well from what we can tell. It looks like the sheep don’t agree with this decision.

Now, what I described above may sound like something from an animated comedy. This film, however? It’s live-action.

That’s right, we get to see two humans treating a lamb as their child.

Are you confused by all of this?

You’re not alone.

The concept of this film looks like the writers might have put random suggestions up on a board and threw a dart at them. The concept seems wildly absurd.

Perhaps that’s what makes the film look so good.

Let’s take a deeper look at this film, shall we?

Lamb is a horror film. More so than that, it is a folktale-inspired dark Icelandic film. There is an uneasy sensation the viewer gets from the trailer alone. Nothing about this Cannes Film Festival film makes you feel comfortable with what is seen on screen.

From the score to the angry lambs marching. Even the watching cat holds an unsettling gaze.

Yet this MadLib inspired middle of nowhere horror film is entirely intriguing. It should be a wild ride if it falls in line with the rest of A24s horror films.

What do you think, will you be seeing Lamb when it comes out in October? Would love to hear your thoughts on the trailer for the film and the rest of the A24s backlog of movies.

Amanda Bussman

An aspiring creative writer who is attempting to figure out how to follow my passions and make a living doing so.