Chilling Trailer Drops For Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Demonic’

Director Neill Blomkamp is branching out with his latest feature film–and jumping into the horror genre with both feet.

Demonic–written and directed by Blomkamp for IFC Midnight–is a departure from the filmmaker’s past science-fiction efforts, as reported by, and the frightening trailer seen on this page shows he has a firm grasp on the scary side of cinema.

The new film–scheduled to hit theaters, digital and VOD Aug. 20–follows a young woman (Elysium’s Carly Pope) as she “unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are revealed.” The film also stars Chris William Martin (Supergirl) and Michael Rogers (Siren).

Demonic–shot last year in Canada during the pandemic–is Blomkamp’s first true horror feature, but he still described the film as “a crossover between science fiction and horror.”

The director said he has been “really interested” in such films as Paranormal Activity “and lower-budget stuff that is pretty terrifying, so we just started working on this concept. It grew and got bigger, but it was cut from the same cloth really,” he added.

Blomkamp’s feature debut was the well-received District 9 (2009)–adapted from his 2006 short film, Alive in Joburg. The movie went on to garner positive reviews and Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. He followed that up with two other s/f features–Elysium (2013) and Chappie (2015).

Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on Demonic.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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