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  • Hold the Dark (2018)

    Title Hold the Dark
    Year 2018
    Rated N/A
    Released 28 Sep 2018
    Runtime 125 min
    Director Jeremy Saulnier
    Writer Macon Blair (screenplay by), William Giraldi (based on the book by)
    Actors Beckam Crawford, Riley Keough, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Tayles
    Plot After the deaths of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness.
    Language English
    Country USA
    Awards N/A
    Production Netflix
    Website N/A
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    Hold the Dark is a surprising breath of fresh air.

    The story starts with the kidnapping of a young boy. The mother, alone as her husband is at war, believes “wolves” had taken her son. She contacts a wolf expert to hunt for him. There is some strange type of evil lurking, but is it wolves or the supernatural… or merely human? The movie does not give away anything early on. The initial build is painfully slow, but it should grab and hold your interest about 20-25 minutes in.

    The setting is Alaska, probably December 2004 (early Iraq war). Vehicle models are late 90s/early 00s, which match the Alaskan plates they used when I lived there in the late 90s. The father wears the desert camouflage uniform (DCU). I wore the same uniform in the mid-90s to 2008. Nobody used a cell phone.

    Motives and actions in this movie are quite a mystery. The child’s father is a very capable killing machine, as shown on an Iraqi (?) road and later during a rape scene. His native friend is no bargain either. These men do not fuck around.

    You will not know what to expect. The story is as bleak as the Alaskan winter countryside. Incredibly violent and realistic with plenty of twists to keep you on your toes. While light in ‘horror’ elements, there is no shortage of intensity and suspense. Sometimes slow and a little strange, yet no jump scares or any bullshit tropes.

    Hold the Dark is available on Netflix.
    Highly Recommend. Watch this movie! 8.5/10