When you’ve got a Netflix thriller set in the Alaskan wilderness, you’ve garnered our interest. Add a missing child, a pack of rabid wolves and a detective-like character in the form of Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright, and you’ve piqued our interest.
In the first trailer for the upcoming Netflix’s latest original film Hold the Dark, a wolf expert named Russell Core (Wright) is commissioned by a grieving wife and mother named Medora Sloane (Riley Keough) to track down her missing son, Bailey, who’s been taken by a pack of deadly wolves. The stakes are further elevated when Sloane informs Core that her husband (played by Alexander Skarsgard) is set to come home from war soon, and Core’s time is potentially limited.
As Core sets out on his investigation, the trailer leaves us with the impression that the outcome will be potentially grim. “It’s not the first time people have died out there,” an elderly woman tells Core, seemingly referring to the Alaskan wilderness. “The hillside is scattered with pieces of bodies.” Aesthetically speaking, the trailer has all the making of an Alaskan thriller, bathed in blue and gray undertones with a dissonant horn as its backing music, the foreboding tone for Hold the Dark is evident and abundant on its first look.
Based on the book of the same name by William Giradi, Hold the Dark was directed by Jeremy Saulnier and written by Macon Blair, who has directed acclaimed films such as Blue Ruin and Green Room. Hold the Dark is the latest film addition in Netflix’s canon of original movies. So far, the streaming performance has seen an abundant amount of critical acclaim with films such as Okja, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Mudbound, a film home to an Oscar-nominated performance by music legend Mary J. Blige and the latest from Dee Rees.
Hold the Dark premieres on Netflix on September 28. Watch the searing first trailer below.