Netflix describes the film to set somewhere between "where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce". The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Natalia Dyer, and Rene Russo.
There is weird and there is weird... and then there is Velvet Buzzsaw. Leading the Netflix exclusive are Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo.
Gyllenhaal plays an eccentric art critic named Morf Vandewalt, who is slowly driven insane when he discovers that paintings he has found locked up in an apartment owned by a dead insane genius are actually haunted by some kind of malevolent presence.
All of this is to set the stage for Netflix's upcoming horror/thriller Velvet Buzzsaw, where cursed art can quite literally come alive and murder those it sees fit.
In the cutthroat world of fine-art trading and representation, up-and-coming agent Josephina (Zawe Ashton) stumbles across a secret weapon: hundreds of dazzling paintings left behind after an elderly tenant in her building dies. It's got a The Player vibe to it.
What is the plot of Velvet Buzzsaw?
As the trailer says, Velvet Buzzsaw will make its official debut at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, before making its streaming debut on Netflix on February 1, 2019.