Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, Peter Gadiot, Blane, Mark Steger

Story:

Horror thriller written and directed by Dan Gilroy. Set in in the shallow, vapid world of L.A.’s contemporary art scene, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings are found in a dead man’s apartment, stunned by how surrealistic the paintings are, local art gallery owner Morf Vandewalt (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his assistant Rhodora Haze (Rene Russo) put the artwork up for display to the public. The paintings, however, turn out to be cursed with the supernatural ability to come to life and soon those who buy them begin to be consumed by the deranged entity possessing the morbid pictures.

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[looking at a painting]
Morf Vandewalt: Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining.


 

[to the doctor]
Morf Vandewalt: I’m hoping you’d find something to explain what’s happening.
[the doctor starts testing Vandewalt’s eyes]
Eye Doctor: Which one’s better, one or two? Better, worse, nothing?
Morf Vandewalt: No different.


 

[referring to a painting]
Gretchen: I’m quite curious to know what you think.
Morf Vandewalt: I think sober hasn’t been good for him.
Gretchen: Piers was in the full bloom of alcoholism era.
Morf Vandewalt: Exactly.


 

Piers: [to Vandewalt] I never should have quit drinking.


 

[to an artist]
Morf Vandewalt: No originality. No courage. My opinion.


 

Hoboman: [to Vandewalt] I can’t save you.


 

[referring to the paintings]
Josephina: I found something. A guy upstairs, he died.
Rhodora Haze: And you just took them.
Josephina: He had no family or friends.


 

Rhodora Haze: [to Josephina] I can make you rich.


 

[referring to the paintings]
Morf Vandewalt: Who did these? They’re mesmeric.


 

[referring to the paintings]
Rhodora Haze: The demand has people ready to kill.


 

Morf Vandewalt: Have you ever heard of an artist named Ventral Diese?
Gretchen: No, not in our records, and we have everyone.


 

Art Expert: [to Vandewalt] The artist used blood to create the reddish blocks.


 

Man #1: [to Josephina] You ever notice anything about this painting? If you look at it long enough, it moves.


 

Rhodora Haze: Were you aware that Diese asked that all his art be destroyed?


 

Morf Vandewalt: As I research these, I’m starting to think that there’s a disgust for the world of money.


 

Man #2: He spent decades in a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane.


 

Morf Vandewalt: [to Haze] There is some sort of power, some spirits! It’s connected to his art!


 

Morf Vandewalt: [to Haze] Something truly goddamn strange is going on!


 

Morf Vandewalt: [to Haze] Get rid of it. Box it off.


 

[referring to the dead body next to the art display]
Josephina: People thought she was part of the exhibit. We’re trending on Instagram. It’s a major hit.


 

Piers: This is a slaughter house.

 

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