‘Demonic’ Trailer: Neill Blomkamp Returns With A Mysterious New Horror Film

It’s been a long time coming, but Neill Blomkamp is back with his first movie since Chappie way back in 2015. He spent his time during pandemic developing the horror film Demonic, which certainly looks to live up to the malevolent title.

Details on Demonic have been kept close to the vest, and honestly, this footage doesn’t give too much away, either. The story follows “a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are revealed.”

But there’s also something going on in the digital realm that I can’t quite put my finger on. Blomkamp seems to be operating on a level outside of your typical horror, which is pretty much what we’d hope from him. He could use a good bounce back movie, too. I liked Chappie more than most, but it was hardly on the level as his Oscar-nominated breakthrough, District 9. Of course, he also had a couple of failed projects including a Halo series and an Alien sequel.

Starring Carly Pope, Chris William Martin, and Michael Rogers, Demonic opens August 20th.

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