Volcanoes are hot right now, and we have Werner Herzog to thank. The mercurial director helmed not one but two films this year about planet Earth’s deadliest geological wonders. The first is a scripted thriller called Salt and Fire, which left people cold (go figure) when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The other is the documentary Into The Inferno, in which Herzog travels to the far corners of the earth and gets up close and personal with fiery pits and rivers oozing with magma.
This being Herzog, an intimate interaction with his subject matter is a given. But our first look at the trailer for Into The Inferno reveals just how close Herzog got, and it’s both breathtaking and terrifying all at once. Watch as he visits volcanoes in Ethiopia, Iceland, Indonesia, and even North Korea, teetering on the edge of oblivion for our viewing pleasure.
Herzog once again pulls double duty as both explorer and narrator, warning us that “the sun dimmeth, the land sinketh, gusheth forth steam and gutting fire,” in his familiar atonal lilt. It’s a far cry from David Attenborough’s soothing Planet Earth voiceover, but the footage looks just as mesmerizing.
Into The Inferno erupts on Netflix October 28. Watch the trailer above.