Velvet Buzzsaw

Netflix might have its first bonafide, across-the-board movie smash with ‘Bird Box’, a film that not only delivered thousands of viewers, but strong reviews, loads of buzz and even inspired a poorly-conceived viral “challenge” in which participants blindfolded themselves and others and attempted to navigate their everyday world, with some ending up in the hospital.  Netflix has had some of the most acclaimed original series for years but has struggled with launching films that are both crowd pleasers and praised. Can it continue that momentum with their next major horror release?

The streaming service has unveiled the first trailer for ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ a supernatural thriller set in the snooty world of modern art.  Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Morf Vandewalt, an elitist art critic, who becomes obsessed with the works of a recently deceased hermit.  But there is more to these paintings than meets the eye, and that doesn’t mean “artistic interpretation.”  The art comes to life and starts killing people!  As Vandewalt puts it, “There’s some sort of power, some spirit (that’s) connected to his art. Something truly goddamn strange is going on.”

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ reunites Gyllenhaal with his ‘Nightcrawler’ director, Dan Gilroy, as well as costar Rene Russo.  Gilroy also penned the original screenplay.  The all-star cast includes Toni Collette, Daveed Diggs, Natalia Dyer, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich.

Check out the trailer below:


Gilroy previously told Vanity Fair about the inspiration for this film:

“The idea that artists invest their souls in their work and it’s more than a commodity — that has always interested me.  I suddenly saw a way of incorporating it all, to explore how, when art and commerce are dangerously out of balance, bad things can happen.”

The film was screened last year at the Sundance Film Festival.  Gyllenhaal will be back on the big screen later this year in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’.

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ will be released on Netflix on February 1, 2019.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter