Horror is a genre that I just can’t get on the back of.
I get that it has its perks if you have another half, i.e. they cuddle up to you and whatnot when they’re scared – but if you’re single like me, then you have no-one to hug you when you’re watching them, and then you’re alone in bed afterwards, with nothing but your thoughts and wandering imagination – fuelled by the horror – to keep you company.
I tend to avoid the genre, but this one – Velvet Buzzsaw (a Netflix original) – looks interesting.
Starring the mercurial Jake Gyllenhaal as art critic Morf Vandewalt, we seem him become enamoured with a particular artist’s work in contemporary Los Angeles. However, this particular artist is seemingly dead, having been survived by no friends or family.
As you might expect though, things get fReAkY!
The description reads:
“After paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.”
Have a watch of the trailer.
Two words: Art Jumanji.
It does look good though. And it’s written and directed by the same guy who Gyllenhaal worked with in Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy.
Essentially, the artist was a bit of a weirdo and his work somehow comes to life and, well, they’re not happy for whatever reason.
*Side note: Why are ghosts so rarely nice? I feel like if I died and became a ghost, confined to one house in particular, I’d try my hardest to be accommodating, rather than screaming for no reason.*
The film looks to take an anti-capitalism stance, which is unusual, and has a rather cynical take on the world of high-art. Sadly it’s got John Malkovich in it; a man who hasn’t actually acted since he was the bad guy in Johnny English. At least he attempted an accent then.
The film will be available to stream on Netflix on the 1st of February, as well as being in a few cinemas across the UK.
Images via Netflix