Hold the Dark is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Jeremy Saulnier.

Official trailers

Netflix on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 released the trailer:
Hold The Dark | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Story intro

In December 2004, Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright), a writer who studies wolf behavior, is summoned to the small village of Keelut, Alaska by Medora Slone (Riley Keough), who wants Core to hunt down the wolves blamed for the disappearances and presumed deaths of three small children, including Medora's 6-year-old son, Bailey. Core, staying at the Slone house, discusses the missing children with Medora, who tells him of a hot springs to the north of town. Medora's husband, Vernon Slone (Alexander Skarsgård), is overseas in Iraq, where he is shown mercilessly and efficiently gunning down Iraqi militants. While stationed at a checkpoint, a shooting breaks out, Vernon is shot but survives to be sent home. In the morning, Core leaves town to track the wolves and meets an old native woman, Illanaq, who tells him he is going the wrong way, and that Medora 'knows evil'. Core tracks the wolves, coming across the hot springs Medora mentioned, and spots a pack of wolves eating their young. Unwilling to shoot them, Core returns to Keelut. At the Slone house, he finds Medora missing, and the cellar door unlocked. Downstairs, Core finds Bailey's frozen, strangled body, and calls for help. The police investigate, and the native villagers claim Medora is possessed by a wolf-demon called a tournaq. Vernon's old friend and father to another missing child, Cheeon (Julian Black Antelope), meets him at the airport and drives him to meet with police chief Donald Marium (James Badge Dale), Core, and several other officers at the morgue. After Marium drives Core away from the morgue, Vernon kills the officers and the coroner and takes his son's body. Cheeon builds a coffin, and Vernon buries his son in the snow. Mirium discovers the murdered officers the next day, along with the missing body, and realizes Vernon is responsible.


Jeffrey Wright
Russell Core
Alexander Skarsgård
Vernon Slone
Riley Keough
Medora Slone
James Badge Dale
Donald Marium
Julian Black Antelope
Beckam Crawford
Tantoo Cardinal
Macon Blair
Jonathan Whitesell
Peter McRobbie
Hunter John
Michael Tayles
Issac Bird
Yup'ik Teen
Joseph Whitebird
Yup'ik Man
Zandus Snow
Yup'ik Boy
Conor Boru
Anabel Kutay
Iraqi Woman
Emmanuel Imani
Clarence Hoof
Yup'ik Prayer 1
Savannah Bird
Yup'ik Prayer 2
Karen Powderface
Yup'ik Prayer 3
Eric Keenleyside
Big Deputy
Ryan Irving
Young Deputy
Brian Martell
Sean Hoy
Old Timer Deputy
Savonna Spracklin
Makambe Simamba
Gabriel Cross
Crying Cop
Lonni Olson
Angry Cop On Radio
Barb Mitchell
ER doctor
Vanessa Holmes
Frantic Wife
Maureen Thomas
Amanda Burke
Slone's Mother
Bobbi Jaye


Principal photography began on February 27, 2017, and concluded on April 26, 2017.

The film Hold the Dark was scheduled to be released on September 12, 2018 (TIFF) and on September 28, 2018 (worldwide, France) by Netflix.

The duration of the film is 125 minutes.


Hold the Dark got high rating from critics. But the audience dislikes the film.

External links

IMDB: Hold the Dark

Wikipedia: Hold the Dark

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