Once a hot property of Hollywood sci-fi adventures, Neill Blomkamp has enjoyed a six-year hiatus since his previous feature film release Chappie, filling his time with experimental short films that push the boundaries of the sci-fi genre.
Released in 2009, his debut feature film, District 9, following an alien invasion that echoed the events of the South African apartheid, would earn him a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Despite receiving considerable critical acclaim for the film, his subsequent efforts would prove far less fruitful, with 2013s underrated Elysium disappearing as quickly as it came around, and 2015s Chappie being an outright mess.
No matter the quality, however, Neill Blomkamp was clearly a visionary creative, bringing innovative ideas to the sci-fi genre, so it’s a joy to see him back in the director’s chair, melding the world of science fiction and horror together in his latest release, Demonic.
With a full trailer having now been released by IFC Midnight, we can confidently confirm our excitement for ‘Demonic’, showing shades of David Cronenberg as Blomkamp’s interests blend technological horror with medical testing.
Shot during the coronavirus pandemic, Demonic stars Carly Pope as a young woman who reconnects with her mother who is under sedation by entering her subconscious through a technological simulation. As she explores the rifts between her and her mother’s relationship, a demonic evil is released from the world of the subconscious to the living, causing ruthless consequences.
Speaking to Empire Magazine, Blomkamp commented: “One of the things that was fun about doing the film was working in a different subgenre to what I’m normally in,” he says, adding: “A sense of dread brewing under the surface was something I wanted to try to capture”.
Demonic is headed for the UK release on August 27 after being released in the US on August 20.
See the trailer, below.