Hold the Dark

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Hold the Dark's unsettling aesthetic offers more of what filmgoers expect from director Jeremy Saulnier - and is often enough to prop up shaky narrative underpinnings.



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Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (JEFFREY WRIGHT) journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone (RILEY KEOUGH), a young mother whose son was killed by a pack of wolves. As Core attempts to help Medora track down the wolves who took her son, a strange and dangerous relationship develops between the two lonely souls. But when Medora's husband Vernon (ALEXANDER SKARSGARD) returns home from the Iraq War, the news of his child's death ignites a violent chain of events. As local cop, Donald Marium (JAMES BADGE DALE), races to stop Vernon's vengeful rampage, Core is forced on a perilous odyssey into the heart of darkness.


James Badge Dale
as Donald Marium
Jeffrey Wright
as Russell Core
Macon Blair
as Medora Slone
Riley Keough
as Medora Sloane
James Bloor
as Werewolf
Amanda Burke
as Slone's Mother
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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (23)

  • A grim, unsettling and ultimately forgettable Netflix horror flick that has a surprisingly high daytime body count for something that takes place mostly in the dark night of the Alaskan winter.

    Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film never coheres outside of those flashes, ultimately delivering a disappointing, confusing, but undeniably fascinating experience.

    Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It makes for intriguing and often gripping viewing, but delivers a more confounding experience than is necessary.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Hold the Dark] strives to depict, with unflinching sincerity, the imbalance and upset in the natural order that arises from the murder of innocents. It's harrowing, but strangely beautiful too.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A bold, mesmerizing and journey into a land of shadows and mystery that will leave a deep and unnerving impression.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Its determined ambition and atmospheric skill keeps Saulnier firmly in the category of directors to watch.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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