Set in an alternative present, in which living in simulations inside of our minds is possible, Demonic tells the story of a young woman visiting her ailing, comatose mother in hospital. They haven’t spoken to one another in years, but when she gets there, she discovers her mother’s mind is simulating homicidal scenarios.
In an effort to reconnect with her, the young woman enters into the simulation herself but finds that many of its most violent elements are seeping back out into the real world.
Here’s the trailer:
IFC’s very brief tagline for Demonic reads:
“It’s not a dream. It’s not reality.”
Blomkamp is known best for sci-fi cinema, namely District 9 and Chappie, and while he’s familiar with turning disconcerting imagery into jump scares, he’s never delved fully into the horror world.
Blomkamp made Demonic quietly last year, taking some friends and a small crew up into the Canadian forest during the pandemic summer.
Explaining the origins of the project (via EW.com) Blomkamp said:
“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.”
Demonic stars Carly Pope, Terry Chen, Nathalie Boltt, Chris William Martin, and Michael Rogers.
Demonic is due out in theaters on August 20th after screening back in March at the Berlin International Film Festival.