Jake Gyllenhaal Stars In New Netflix Horror Film 'Velvet Buzzsaw'

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in a new Netflix horror film called Velvet Buzzsaw that focuses on the weird world of the fine art industry.

After the success of Birdbox and The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix is completely bossing the world of horror just now. This latest effort is a little bit different to those two efforts, and comes straight out of left field.

Judging by the trailer, Velvet Buzzsaw plays off Jake Gyllenhaal's manic acting style to create a jumpy, slick horror that centres around the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles.

Gyllenhaal stars alongside Rene Russo and John Malkovich and is reunited with director Dan Gilroy, who was also at the helm for 2014's Nightcrawler.

The trailer teases the story of art critic Morf Vandewalt, who finds himself entranced by the works of a particular artist - seemingly painted by a man who died and left no family or friends behind him.

As is so often the case with these things - all is most likely not as it seems.

Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Velvet Buzzsaw'. Credit: Netflix
Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Velvet Buzzsaw'. Credit: Netflix

The work captures the imagination of his art world buddies, before taking on a life of its own and starting to get really weird, really quickly.

That weirdness then seems to seep into the other works that are on display in the gallery, most of which have been panned by Vandewalt.

This might sound pretty silly - especially when the painted monkeys are attacking folk - but it also looks like it'll give you a good jolt out of your seat.

That's about all we've got to go on for now, but Netflix has released a short synopsis of the film, which will be available on Netflix from 1 February.

Gyllenhaal stars alongside John Malkovich, and Rene Russo. Credit: Netflix
Gyllenhaal stars alongside John Malkovich, and Rene Russo. Credit: Netflix

They said: "Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical 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."

Once again, not a great deal to work with there, but why not have a look at the trailer, eh?

The film will get a silver screen premiere too. It is to be shown at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. That screening will be on 27 January.

As well as being released for everyone with Netflix, the film will be available at selected cinemas around the UK, also on 1 February.

That's if you need to have that silver screen experience to really immerse yourself.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

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