After a series of undeveloped projects, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is back with a new horror movie called Demonic.

District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp is releasing a new movie titled Demonic. The South African director is known for making dystopian sci-fi / action movies with pointed social commentary. District 9 received critical acclaim and popular success with a chilling alternate reality story of alien contact reminiscent of South Africa’s apartheid era.

Deadline reports that Blomkamp did Demonic during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the filmmaker’s first foray into the territory of pure horror; While the previous films have been deeply unsettling, Blomkamp has yet to veer towards the supernatural thus far. The film has found a home on IFC Midnight, the independent film company’s horror label. Demonic It will premiere on August 20 and will star Carly Pope (Elysium), Chris William Martin and Michael Rogers.

Related: Wikus van de Merwe from District 9 is Sci-Fi’s Most Underrated Antihero

Indie horror has flourished in recent years, with production companies like Blumhouse Studios and A24 striking deals with visionaries like Jordan Peele (Salt, We) and Ari Aster (Midsummer, Hereditary). Both filmmakers have successfully incorporated social themes into mind-melding works and have mixed genres in Peele’s case or rejected the generic formula in Aster’s. Blomkamp similarly prioritizes artistic vision over convention, which will hopefully result in a unique take on the genre.

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Blomkamp’s upcoming movie synopsis sounds positively scary:

In Demonic, a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-long rift between mother and daughter mercilessly reveal themselves in this horror thriller from director Neill Blomkamp.

Next: Why A District 9 Sequel Hasn’t Happened (Yet)

Source: Deadline

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