Vampires are undead beings that subsist by feeding on blood or vital force. They are a major archetype of horror movies. In this book, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews and ranks 50 of the best horror movies featuring vampires ever released. How many have you seen?
To a fine art!
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, John Malkovich; how could this possibly go wrong? Well, for one thing, like its characters, Velvet Buzzsaw is eccentric, superficial, and artistically pretentious. The first half is very chatty and stylistic, with dialogue mostly targeted a vague stuff, mostly paintings. Every set piece is filled with eye candy, though. This is a beautiful movie.
This is an ode to classic and modern art, and their industry. The concept of possessed paintings and sculptures isn’t new, but rarely has it been approached with such ambition and a budget this size. The morale of the story: don’t be greedy, or else! The main problem with this film is that it’s not exactly mainstream. The target audience is minuscule.
Like some recent movies in the same vein, with big names and emphasis on photography, Velvet Buzzsaw probably deserves an Academy Award. Some will like it for its drama, and some for the fact that it turns into a slasher flick passed the forty-minute mark. How the creators managed to get an elite cast like this one in a glorified slasher is the film’s greatest mystery.