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Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw trailer pits Jake Gyllenhaal against killer art

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Rejoice! Weird Jake Gyllenhaal is back!

Netflix’s upcoming Velvet Buzzsaw reunites the star with Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy, and seems to capitalize on Gyllenhaal’s manic energy.

The film takes place in the art world, and centers on a series of eerie paintings discovered in the apartment of a recently deceased man. If you want to get Velvet Buzzsaw’s full effect, we recommend reading no further — and leaving the new trailer well enough alone as well.

Toni Collette as Gretchen.
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If you need just a little taste more of what it is that Gilroy has in store, then the trailer has plenty, with Gyllenhaal — as art critic Morf Vandewalt — slowly discovering that the paintings aren’t quite what they seem. Though they’re a hit with his artist and gallerist friends, they also seem to have an agenda of their own. Blood, tears, and paint ensue, as some malevolent spirit seems to take hold in all of the other works that Vandewalt has maligned, as well.

The cast is rounded out by Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich. The film is set to premiere at Sundance on Jan. 27, then hit Netflix soon afterwards on Feb. 1.

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