Remember the Film “Nightcrawler” starring Hollywood actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo and directed by Dan Gilroy? Well, they are teaming up again for a truly terrifying film by the name of “Velvet Buzzsaw.”

Soon to stream on Netflix and set in the world of contemporary art in Los Angeles, California, Gyllenhaal stars as Morf Vandewalt, an elite and snooty art critic, who plays opposite Russo as Rhodora Haze, who brings some “mesmeric” artwork to light after its elderly owner dies.

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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ makes art homicidal

When Rhodora puts the work of a dead artist on display, bad things start happening. Initially, Gyllenhaal’s character is the only one who notices there is something off about the work. In fact, his words are something along the lines of there is something really “goddamn strange” going on.

As noted by Geek Tyrant, the synopsis of the movie states that it is based in the “cutthroat world of fine-art trading.” The terror begins when an upcoming art agent Josephina (played by Zawe Ashton) happens upon a “secret weapon.” That weapon is a whole load of amazing paintings left in the building after her elderly tenant passes away.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays an art critic who is introduced to some "killer art" with scary consequences. [Image Netflix UK & Ireland/YouTube]
Jake Gyllenhaal plays an art critic who is introduced to some "killer art" with scary consequences. [Image Netflix UK & Ireland/YouTube]

The tenant had left dire warnings, saying the work should be destroyed upon his death, but Josephina ignores those warnings and begins to circulate the mesmerising paintings.

The artwork soon gets the attention of some of the heavy hitters in the art scene, including Rhodora, her sometime lover, Morf, and several competing managers, curators and collectors of art. While the deceased artist’s paintings soon gain acclaim, the paintings also awaken something sinister and imperceptible that threatens (and ultimately takes) the lives of those who profit from the work.

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It turns out the unnamed artist used blood as the red colour in his paintings, which makes the artwork come to life with some pretty scary, murderous tendencies.

Terrifying trailer for ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’

As reported by Pop Sugar, if the film is anything like as scary as the trailer included below, it is going to be one terrifying experience to watch. While watching the trailer, you may, at first, think the whole thing looks ridiculous, until the action really gets going and the paintings start doing their evil work.

“Killer artwork” doesn’t begin to describe it.

Other stars in “Velvet Buzzsaw” include John Malkovich, Tom Sturridge, Daveed Diggs and Natalia Dyer (of “Stranger Things” fame). The film will be making its world premiere at Sundance and will start streaming on Netflix and screening at select cinemas on 1 February 2019.

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Whatever you do, don’t get anywhere near those paintings!

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