‘Demonic’: Neill Blomkamp’s Supernatural Horror Film Arrives This August

It’s been six years since Neill Blomkamp’s last feature film, the robot action flick Chappie. In the time since he’s done plenty of short films and was attached to other projects that went belly up (remember his Alien sequel? Ahhh what might’ve been!), but last year during the pandemic he shot a supernatural horror film while up in Canada. And now that film, titled Demonic, has a distributor in IFC Midnight.

IFC Midnight has acquired the rights to Demonic, and now we’re learning a bit more about the secretive project. Here’s how a press release describes the film:

“In Demonic, a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed in this horror-thriller from director Neill Blomkamp.”

There’s a tight cast on this one, with Carly Pope (Elysium), Chris William Martin (The Age of Adaline), and Michael Rogers (Siren) the only actors listed. Blomkamp directs, produces, and wrote the screenplay.

This is new territory for Blomkamp, moving away from technology-based socio-political thrillers and into the world of horror, but I have a feeling this will be a film with considerably more on its mind than just scares.

Demonic will open on August 20th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.