R | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Dan Gilroy was struck by the idea for Velvet Buzzsaw after having visited the Dia contemporary-art gallery in Beacon, New York in 2017 and hours after came up with a rough plot. In an interview with Vanity Fair he described: "It was the Tuesday after Christmas, at about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and no one was there. I was wandering around this huge, empty warehouse with all this rather disturbing contemporary art. And I wound up in the basement in a video installation with, like, dentist chairs and rats running around. And I just thought, 'Man, this would be a great place for a horror movie.' The idea that artists invest their souls in their work and it's more than a commodity--that has always interested me. I suddenly saw a way of incorporating it all, to explore how, when art and commerce are dangerously out of balance, bad things can happen. It clicked very quickly."
I make you hard, huh?
Morf Vandewalt: You make me confused.
Josephina: Tough headspace for a critic.
Where Jon Dondon (Tom Sturridge) is filing away the contents of Ray Ruskinspear's private investigative report on Vetril Dease in a filing cabinet, Jon brings out his phone. The iPhone screen display shows an incoming call, yet when Jon swipes over to answer, he instead is leaving a voicemail on Morf Vandewalt's (Jake Gyllenhaal) voicemail.
During the first part of the credits, Piers is creating art in the sand.