Jeff Labrecque
October 28, 2014 AT 01:11 PM EDT

Comedies are typically the genre of movie that gets the most mileage out of red-band trailers, and the recent NSFW clip for Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an overly ambitious crime videographer, plays up its humor and surrealism. There aren’t many punchlines, but the film’s cynical ink-black humor comes through loud and clear.

In the film, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, who becomes the nightly news’ go-to guy for the bloodiest and most viral crime-scene footage. He and his semi-clueless partner (Riz Ahmed) cruise the streets just waiting for mayhem to erupt, and if they have to nudge things along, well, that’s the job.

To repeat, this is a red-band trailer—and even the cited film critics seem to be getting in the spirit.

Nightcrawler open in theaters on Oct. 31.

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