Jeremy Sauliner is one of the most exciting young director’s working right now. While his debut Murder Party was a fun if not entirely memorable horror-comedy, the incredible revenge tale Blue Ruin is put him on the map as somebody to watch out for. If Blue Ruin was his Alien, the punk rocker vs neo-Nazi film Green Room was his Aliens. Both Blue Ruin and Green Room have a knack for showing the more violent hidden corners of America and Hold the Dark looks to continue that trend going to the Alaskan wilderness. Check out the synopsis and trailer below:
“A gripping psychological thriller unfolds in the treacherous Alaskan wilderness when a retired wolf expert is summoned to investigate a child’s disappearance. Hold The Dark, starring Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård and Riley Keough, and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, premieres on September 28, only on Netflix.”
Having read the book it’s based, Sauliner is perfect for this material. Intense scenes of human depravity and disturbing violence is ripe for his type of film-making. The story goes further than just the surface level killer wolves aspect. Interestingly enough it feels like HBO’s True Detective, which Sauliner directed the first 2 episodes of the yet released season 3 but left over creative differences.
Green Room was one of my favorite theater-going experiences, so I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to see this in a theater as it will be streaming on Netflix. If you haven’t seen Blue Ruin or Green Room yet, get on it before September 28th.
Hold the Dark will be premiering at Fantastic Fest in September and streaming on Netflix September 28th, 2018.