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Demonic Poster Teases District 9 Director’s Reality-Bending Horror Movie

IFC Midnight reveals the first poster for Neill Blomkamp’s Demonic, teasing the District 9 director’s reality-bending first foray into horror.

IFC Midnight reveals the first poster for Neill Blomkamp’s Demonic teasing the District 9 director’s reality-bending first foray into horror. Written and directed by Blomkamp, the film is centered on a young woman as she unleashes a terrifying demon after it’s revealed supernatural forces are the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter. The cast for the film reunites Blomkamp with Elysium and Rakka star, Carly Pope, who stars alongside Chris William Martin, Michael Rogers and Terry Chen.

Blomkamp made quite the splash in Hollywood after partnering with producer Peter Jackson for District 9, the feature-length adaptation of his 2006 short, Alive in Joburg. The film’s commercial and critical success, including four Oscar nominations and one Golden Globe nod, allowed him to continue to explore the sci-fi realm with the Matt Damon-led Elysium and Chappie starring frequent collaborator, Sharlto Copley, and Hugh Jackman. Though neither reached the same bar as District 9, of which he is currently developing a sequel, his name still carries a lot of weight with it, namely with his first venture into a new genre.

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Nearly a month after debuting the first teaser trailer for the film, IFC Midnight has debuted the first poster for Blomkamp’s Demonic. Featuring a cross made out of cybernetic imagery, the key art offers a teaser of the reality-bending terror to come from the filmmaker’s first stab at the horror genre. Check out the poster below:

Demonic Poster

The horror genre is one that so often sees directors attempt to shift to other genres rather than vice versa, which makes Blomkamp’s Demonic all the more intriguing. As the first trailer showed, his sci-fi sensibilities are still on full display in the film with its Matrix-like dream setting, but it’ll be curious to see what he does with such a setting. Where Brad Peyton’s Incarnate took a more Inception-esque approach to its melding of sci-fi technology and horror, resulting in a schlocky effort, Blomkamp’s take is certainly looking far more interesting.

From the terrifying imagery of the malevolent spirits themselves to a more poignant character dynamic at the heart of its story akin to last year’s Sundance darling, Relic, the film is looking very promising already. Should Demonic prove as thoughtful and terrifying as the trailers and poster have suggested thus far, Blomkamp could have a very bright future ahead in the horror genre. Only time will tell as the film arrives in theaters and on digital platforms on August 20.

More: Neill Blomkamp’s FOUR Unmade Movies & Why They Didn’t Happen

Source: IFC Midnight

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