Check Out the Teaser for Neill Blomkamp’s DEMONIC

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I love a movie trailer where I can’t tell what it is. Like, I can see things and hear lines and all of that, but I still have no idea what the movie will actually be. The possibilities are endless. This is absolutely true for Neill Blomkamp‘s latest feature, with the suitably vague title Demonic. The District 9 and Elysium director has been making short films since Chappie in 2015 and now he’s back with what looks like a tech-infused bit of horror. I’m excited and have no idea what any of it means. Have a look at the teaser!

The movie’s official synopsis doesn’t help all that much: “a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are revealed.”

Cool? I guess there’s no better time to unleash terrifying demons than after revealing supernatural forces. It definitely appears ancient and otherworldly evils are at play; we’ve seen that plenty of times. The addition of a virtual reality, Sims meets Disco Elysium world adds a wrinkle I have definitely not been able to suss out. That’s why they call it a teaser, eh?

Nathalie Boltt lies with her eyes closed, her head in some kind of brain monitoring device, in Demonic
Nathalie Boltt lies with her eyes closed, her head in some kind of brain monitoring device, in Demonic

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Blomkamp crashed onto the world movie stage with his 2009 surprise District 9 which earned a Best Picture nomination. Since then, his Johannesburg-set sci-fi films Elysium and Chappie, though not as renowned, cemented him as a sci-fi director of great skill. For many years he was attached to direct a direct sequel to 1986’s Aliens with Sigourney Weaver attached to reappear. Sadly, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Alien: Covenant made Blomkamp’s project less and less likely.

I’m really stoked to see what Blomkamp can do with a different type of sci-fi premise, one much scarier and evidently smaller. Demonic stars Carly Pope, Nathalie Boltt, Chris William Martin, and Michael Rogers. It will hit cinemas, on demand, and digital, on August 20.

Kyle Anderson is the Senior Editor for Nerdist. You can find his film and TV reviews here. Follow him on Twitter!

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