IFC Midnight has released the first trailer for the upcoming new horror film titled Demonic, made by sci-fi filmmaker Neill Blomkamp.


In horror-thriller Demonic, a rift between a mother and her daughter has widened over the years into a gigantic chasm.

What was the root of their differences? What if it was something that is uncommon in the modern world, something far more powerful and devious, something that could tear everyone’s lives apart…something evil?

Here’s the trailer:

IFC’s synopsis reads:

“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.”

Demonic is directed by South African filmmaker Blomkamp, director of the films District 9, Elysium, and Chappie previously, as well as the founder of Oats Studios.

Blomkamp has even cited the likes of popular horror franchises such as Paranormal Activity gave him the inspiration to make Demonic, particularly when tackling the creative constraints caused by the global circumstances. Discussing the project, Blomkamp said:

“The whole planet was shutting down and the plans that I had for other bigger films were put on hold.

Living out here in this slightly more rural area I was thinking we should self-finance something so that we could make something cool. For a long time, I’ve been really interested in films like Paranormal Activity, and lower budget stuff that is pretty terrifying, and so we just started working on this concept. It grew and it got bigger than films like Paranormal Activity but it was cut from the same cloth really. So that’s what it is. We made use out of a lot of the locations out here and just shot it through the summer.”

Hopefully, this Demonic project will find Blomkamp back on form after several recent pitfalls and development setbacks, including cancelled sequels to both Alien and RoboCop.

The film stars Carly Pope, Chris William Martin, and Michael Rogers.


IFC Midnight will release Blomkamp’s Demonic in select theaters on August 20th, then on VOD starting August 27th.

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