Netflix's 'Velvet Buzzsaw' makes early claim for craziest trailer of the year

Sam Ashurst
Jake Gyllenhaal in Velvet Buzzsaw

Jake Gyllenhaal has reunited with Dan Gilroy, the director of the brilliant Nightcrawler (while also reteaming with his co-star in that movie, Rene Russo) for the bonkers-looking Netflix horror flick Velvet Buzzsaw.

Feeling like a cross between Nocturnal Animals, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Hellraiser III, the trailer lays out the premise, which sees art expert Morf Vandewalt (Gyllenhaal) come face-to-face with a series of supernatural art-pieces, which seem intent on killing anyone who owns them.

According to Netflix, the film is ‘a thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.’

Though we prefer Gyllenhaal’s description in the trailer: “Something truly goddamn strange is going on!”

The film has a stellar cast, which also includes Zawe Ashton, Natalia Dyer, Tom Sturridge, Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette, John Malkovich and Billy Magnussen.

According to Gilroy, “It’s set in the world of contemporary art in Los Angeles, and its got a Robert Altman-like large ensemble cast. It’s got a The Player vibe to it. There’s a large cast and we’re moving around from person to person as we move through this world. The story is being told through these different characters.”

Velvet Buzzsaw will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019, before it’s released globally on Netflix on February 1, 2019.

With Gyllenhaal set to make his comic-book debut later this year as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, could 2019 end up being the year of the Jake? We can’t wait to find out.

One thing’s for sure, we’ll experience a version of the actor we’ve never seen before when Velvet Buzzsaw lands on Netflix UK on February 1.

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