‘Velvet Buzzsaw’: Artfully Dodge this Horror

I am usually the first to avoid horror films, but the trailer for Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw intrigued me. A horror film concerning the art world is quite an original premise, and I was looking forward to seeing how the art world was portrayed.


The film follows art critic Morf Vandewalt (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he searches for originality within Miami Basel, and is soon haunted by a supernatural force seeking revenge on art gallerists pursuing profit from the artworks of an unknown dead painter.

Rene Russo and Jake Gyllenhaal in Velvet Buzzsaw (Image: Variety/Netflix)


If you, like myself, are tired of the stereotypical art critic who wears a black turtleneck, pinches their chin as they look at an artwork and is internally tortured, you might as well avoid this film. It portrays people in the contemporary art world as vague and lacking substance. Now, I have no idea whether this is true, but it is a pretty unoriginal stereotype of the art world.


The issues that the film brought up were interesting. Whilst it is good in the way that it shows how dominating