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If You Gaze Into the Abyss, PADDINGTON Gazes Back in a New Poster

This Christmas, terror is spelled P-A-D-D-I-N-G-T-O-N. While the beloved children’s book character’s feature film debut isn’t meant to be a taxidermy-filled horror-thriller that will have you cowering well into the New Year, everything about director Paul King’s Paddington has been nothing short of unnerving thus far. Perhaps the duffle coat-clad bear from, what Wikipedia terms, “deepest darkest Peru” is simply looking to have fun-filled vacation in the UK and scratch his Anglophile itch. I mean, where better to get your fill of marmalade than London, a city in which I’m fairly certain they have all manner of jams, jellies, and fruit preserves on tap? Or perhaps he’s up to something far more dangerous. Take a look at the brand new poster and decide for yourself.

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What happened to the mail carrier? Where is his body? Can bears taste the difference between orange marmalade and human blood? These are just a few of the questions raised by this poster. Meanwhile, this first look at Nicole Kidman as evil taxidermist Millicent is somehow less frightening than what is supposed to be a lovable animated bear playfully peeking out of a mailbag.

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While the film’s trailer makes it look relatively innocuous (unless you’re Hugh Bonneville’s bathroom fixtures), this look at Nicole Kidman has me a little bit excited. When she puts her mind to it, she can cut a truly imposing, villainous swath across the screen, and from the looks of that picture, she has no problem dispatching a pair of elite security guards.

Here’s the official synopsis:

From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Paddington hits theaters on December 25, 2014. Are you going to see it? Let us know in the comments below.

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