5.6/10
28,460
722 user 98 critic

Hold the Dark (2018)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Jeremy Saulnier

Writers:

Macon Blair (screenplay by), William Giraldi (based on the book by)
Reviews
Popularity
2,205 ( 61)
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Blue Ruin (2013)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Stars: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves
Murder Party (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A random invitation to a Halloween party leads a man into the hands of a rogue collective intent on murdering him for the sake of their art, sparking a bloodbath of mishap, mayhem and hilarity.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Stars: Chris Sharp, Kate Porterfield, Tess Porterfield Lovell
Apostle (2018)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

Director: Gareth Evans
Stars: Dan Stevens, Richard Elfyn, Paul Higgins
Green Room (2015)
Horror | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat
Mute II (2018)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A mute bartender goes up against his city's gangsters in an effort to find out what happened to his missing partner.

Director: Duncan Jones
Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux
1922 (2017)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A simple yet proud farmer in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to assist. But their actions have unintended consequences.

Director: Zak Hilditch
Stars: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid
Extinction (2018)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A father has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm.

Director: Ben Young
Stars: Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan, Amelia Crouch
The Ritual I (2017)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.

Director: David Bruckner
Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier
Cargo I (2017)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.

Directors: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke
Stars: Simone Landers, Martin Freeman, Marlee Jane McPherson-Dobbins
Calibre (2018)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A shocking deed turned their weekend trip into a nightmare. Now their only hope is to swallow their paranoia and act normal.

Director: Matt Palmer
Stars: Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Tony Curran
How It Ends (2018)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A desperate man tries to return home to his pregnant fiancée after a mysterious apocalyptic event turns everything to chaos.

Director: David M. Rosenthal
Stars: Theo James, Kat Graham, Nancy Sorel
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a depressed woman is burgled, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbour. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

Director: Macon Blair
Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beckam Crawford ... Bailey
Riley Keough ... Medora Slone
Jeffrey Wright ... Russell Core
Michael Tayles ... Clerk
Issac Bird Issac Bird ... Yup'ik Teen
Joseph Whitebird ... Yup'ik Man
Zandus Snow Zandus Snow ... Yup'ik Boy
Julian Black Antelope ... Cheeon
Alexander Skarsgård ... Vernon Slone
Conor Boru ... Corporal
Anabel Kutay Anabel Kutay ... Iraqi Woman
Emmanuel Imani ... Medic
Tantoo Cardinal ... Illanaq
Clarence Hoof ... Yup'ik Prayer 1
Savannah Bird Savannah Bird ... Yup'ik Prayer 2
Edit

Storyline

Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone, 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 returns home from the Iraq War, the news of his child's death ignites a violent chain of events. As local cop Donald Marium races to stop Vernon's vengeful rampage, Core is forced on a perilous odyssey into the heart of darkness. Written by Netflix

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hold the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sixth collaboration between Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair after Green Room (2015), Blue Ruin (2013), Murder Party (2007), Crabwalk (2004) and Goldfarb (1998) See more »

Goofs

During the shoot-out between Cheeon and the police, several police cruisers have archaic Alaska license plates with expired sticker tags. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Medora Slone: [in her letter] Dear Mr. Core, three days ago my son Bailey was taken by wolves. This happened twice already here. No one in the village will hunt them, and I am alone here now. I have read your book. I know you have done this before. In my heart, I know that you are able to do it now. I do not expect you to find my son alive, but you could find the wolf who took him. Come and kill it to help me. I know you have sympathy for this animal. Please don't. My husband will come home from ...
See more »

Soundtracks

Please Come Home For Christmas
Written by Charles Brown and Gene Redd
Performed by Charles Brown
Courtesy of Gusto Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bleak doesn't equate to boring
2 October 2018 | by michelleecooneySee all my reviews

This was a fantastic film. The acting was solid, stoic, and appropriate for the subject matter. The cinematography was absolutely stunning; leave it to Saulnier to remind us just how red blood really is against the snow.

The story itself was bleak. Bleak doesn't mean boring. On the contrary, this film is a commentary on the darkness in human nature.

Yes the ending is ambiguous, yes it is a slow burn, and yes the subject matter is bleak. I believe these three things only constitute a bad film in the eyes of someone whose idea of perfect cinema is superhero movies.

I cannot state this loudly enough: unfortunately, IMDb reviews no longer reflect the quality of a film. I understand this film is not for everyone; however, the amount of reviews stating "this didn't make sense" is abysmal.


231 of 325 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 722 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed