Overlord - Standoff at Sparrow Creek - Hold the Dark - Fantstic Fest 2018 Recap

(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest, day three. In this diary entry: a well-intentioned horror comedy, a thrilling Indian tale of terror, the latest from Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier, Bad Robot’s Nazi zombie adventure, and a one hell of a promising debut.

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hold the dark review

With Hold the DarkGreen Room director Jeremy Saulnier crafts a bleak, unforgiving film with an ever-increasing body count. Shot through with menace and unapologetically nasty, Hold the Dark is bound to horrify some viewers to the point of disengagement.

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Telluride has wrapped, Venice is heading towards its close and now the fall festival season spotlight moves towards Toronto. Known as “the people’s festival” for its accessibility of its robust programming slate to the public at large, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a cinema lover’s dream. It’s one of the few events with something for everyone, whether you want to see the star-studded premiere of a predestined awards darling, check out the latest work by a renowned international master filmmaker, discover an emerging voice in world cinema or explore projects that push the boundaries of the form.

/Film will be in attendance at TIFF reporting back on the good, the bad and the sublime movies we see. But for those who aren’t heading north of the border for the festival, you can curate an equally impressive slate of films at home to prepare yourself for the eventual release of these festival titles. Here are 10 films we’re getting excited to see in Toronto and what you can watch from the comfort of your couch in order to have a more informed frame of reference when the public conversation centers around these movies. (All streaming availability is accurate as of publication and subject to change.)

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hold the dark trailer

Hold The Dark is the latest from Jeremy Saulnier, director of Blue Ruin and Green Room. And if you know anything about those two movies, you can probably guess that Hold The Dark is going to be intense. The first Hold The Dark trailer confirms that suspicion, teasing a moody, unsettling, disturbing journey into the wilderness, and beyond. Watch the Hold The Dark trailer below.

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Hold the Dark first look

If you’ve seen the revenge movie Blue Ruin and the Nazi punk rock thriller Green Room, you know director Jeremy Saulnier is not the type of filmmaker to pull any punches. And if you thought those were a little too savage, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

The director just released the first official photo from his new movie, a Netflix thriller called Hold the Dark, and Saulnier says that the movie contains his highest body count so far – but it also set a new record for him in terms of intimate dialogue scenes. Check out the photo of star Alexander Skarsgard and read more about the new film below. Read More »

Jeremy Saulnier next movie

Thankfully, it didn’t take director Jeremy Saulnier too long to get his next project up and running. Saulnier is coming off Green Room, a movie seemingly beloved by most people who saw it. Saulnier is following up that intense thriller with Hold the Dark, which is a bloody and violent tale prominently set in Alaska.

Below, learn more about the next Jeremy Saulnier film.

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