Trailer and poster for Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss

Into the Abyss

Fresh from the international acclaim of Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Werner Herzog‘s latest documentary looks set to be one of his most powerful examinations yet. The accompanying poster demonstrates Herzog’s powerful observational gaze, and his knowledge of where to use it most effectively.

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) returns with Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life, a riveting examination of a horrible crime which probes the human psyche to explore why people kill–and why the state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), the filmmaker achieves what he describes as “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” As he’s so often done before, Herzog’s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.


Into the Abyss will be released on 11 November 2011 in the US from IFC Films. It does not currently have an Australian release date.

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Into the Abyss poster