As a massive fan of Neill Blomkamp, the best thing to come out of this God damn pandemic was the news that Neill Blomkamp has somehow managed to shoot a movie during this whole shit-storm of events. Not only that but Blomkamp’s new film is a horror film, and while his sci-fi flicks do have elements of horror in them, this is his first feature in the genre. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Blomkamp movie without some sci-fi too.
I am delighted to share with you all the official press release from IFC Midnight for Blomkamp’s new horror, Demonic. The press release includes the first released images, as well as release info and a behind the scenes look at the film.
Take a look at a newly released behind the scenes featurette
D E M O N I C
Directed and Written By: Neill Blomkamp (DISTRICT 9, ELYSIUM, CHAPPIE)
Starring: Carly Pope, Chris William Martin, Michael Rogers
Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire, Sightseers) is back with a micro-budget horror movie shot during the pandemic.
Not a lot is known about the plot but focuses on a woman getting lost in a forest with the woods coming to life around her.
Wheatley has been attached to direct the sequel to The Meg, the follow-up to the Jason Statham and Rainn Wilson killer shark flick!. I am so looking forward to seeing what he can do with a Meg sequel. I am sure Mr Wheatley can do a great job. But what he can do, and what he is allowed to do is two very different things.
THE SPINE OF THE NIGHT
Who is up for some ultra-violent animation inspired by the work of Conan the Barbarian creators? The Spine of the Night gives us just that. A dark fantasy epic full of insane violence featuring necromancers and winged assassins!
SOUND OF VIOLENCE
A deaf woman who regains her hearing in the most unfortunate way ever: during the brutal murder of her family. She becomes obsessed with creating new sounds with vicious violence and human flesh after learning that she might be losing her hearing again.
What? This sounds unique and macabre af. I wonder what human flesh sounds like? I can’t wait to find out.
The Arbors has been described as a Lovecraftian sci-fi thriller. I have read some reviews and to be honest, they ain’t been that positive. I am still intrigued though, I am a fan of slow-burn sci-fi but maybe this was just a little slow for some.
There was a flick called Possum that was released a couple of years ago. It took an awful thrashing, but personally, I loved it – it was atmospheric, unnerving and creepy AF!. So yeah, bring on The Arbors
Set in a small town, a recluse locksmith finds a small creature in his house that slowly starts to grow revealing it’s terrifying true form.
Another film listed as released in 2019 but it is slowly making its way to us. Macabro sounds like my sort of flick. It is inspired by the real-life murders of the necrophilic brothers of Nova Friburgo. Two brothers were accused of a string of brutal murders in the late 90s’in Brazil.
It is backed and produced by the producers of the fantastic Wagner Moura starring Elite Squad
Directed by Jaco Bouwer and stars Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk and Anthony Oseyemi.
A park ranger encounters a father and son living a post-apocalyptic lifestyle in the woods. They have detached from society, have their own rules and their own religion. After their cabin gets attacked by strange human-like beings, she realises that there is a dangerous truth to the father and son’s apocalyptic existence.
From what I am reading, Prano Bailey-Bond’s directorial debut, Censor is going to be one of the greats. I have read nothing but great things about it. A British horror described as both intelligent and disturbing.
The story is about a mysterious video cassette (yay!) that communicates directly with a woman about her sister’s unexplained disappearance.
BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION
Another one that features some sort of evil VHS tapes. A video archivist comes across a series of dark and doomy pirate recordings and becomes obsessed when trying to find out the horrid truth behind them.
WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR
The last one on the list is a documentary that explores the history of cinematic folk horror. Hey, maybe not for everyone but I love the genre and the real-life tales of madness that comes with folk horror.
This documentary has a staggering runtime of 193mins. That’s 3-hours of pure cinematic folk horror knowledge. Sign me up!
That’s it for this list. Make sure to check back soon to get hooked up with more movie and tv recommends. As always, thanks for reading.
Article by GG Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
Neill Blomkamp has shot a supernatural horror film
Another big win for us in 2020. District 9, Chappie, Elysium director and writer, Neill Blomkamp has secretly shot a supernatural horror movie. Deadline reports that the new unnamed project was shot in beautiful British Columbia and is made up of an entire Canadian cast
Even though Blomkamp’s previous movies had slight elements of horror, this will be his first full-on horror movie…and yes, the film will have some sci-fi elements to it. This is exciting news!.
Blomkamp hasn’t released a feature-film in years (since Chappie) he has been busy releasing short sci-fi flicks on YouTube. The pandemic put a temporary stop to his Taylor Kitsch action thriller, The Inferno.
His short sci-fis are amazing and well worth your time. He has been doing these via his production company, Oats Studios. They delve way more into the 18c-R-rated horror category. Why? Because he doesnt have some bigwig studio exec telling what he can and can not put in his film. He is the big chief. So, if you haven’t checked out Blomkamp and his talented af team from Oats Studios, then do yourself a favour and sort that right out. The shorts range anywhere from 3-minutes to 30-minutes long.
When more news on Blomkamp’s new supernatural horror film is released, you guys and gals will be one of the first to know.
UPDATED: We now have the title of Blomkamp’s new supernatural horror film. It is called DEMONIC.
Demonic will be released via IFC Midnight. A release date has been confirmed for August 20th. Mark that date in your calendar, folks!
In ‘Demonic’, a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed in this horror-thriller from director Neill Blomkamp.
Fantasia International Film Festival has dropped the first trailer for new sci-fi anthology ahead of the world premiere for 2020 Virtual Festival
Wow, it looks like Fantasia International Film Festival has done it again. We have so much amazing content coming our way. One of these films is Undergods, a new sci-fi anthology
It is a rare thing for us to get a sci-fi anthology. I mean, we have countless horror anthologies but sci-fi?…well, it’s almost unheard of. We have really been starved of sci-fi that ain’t mainstream bollix. Apart from 2020 being the biggest sci-fi this year, we have had very little. It looks like Undergods may fill that empty void.
Chino Moya’s, Undergods offers us a look at a frail dystopian future dealing with multiple characters across the U.K and Europe.
An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline, Chino Moya’s UNDERGODS is a collection of aesthetically astonishing, darkly humorous fantasy tales about a series of men whose worlds fall apart through a visit from an unexpected stranger. This singular visual feast is a co-production between the UK, Belgium, Estonia, Serbia, and Sweden with a cast that includes Geza Rohrig (SON OF SAUL), Johann Meyers (SNATCH), Hayley Carmichael (LES MISERABLES), Eric Godon (IN BRUGES), Kate Dickie (THE WITCH), Adrian Rawlins (CHERNOBYL), Ned Dennehy (MANDY), and an especially crazed Jan Bijvoet (BORGMAN). World Premiere
We have some really good names among the cast for Undergods. That and a trailer that just entices you and reels you in without spoiling any major plot points makes this new sci-fi one to be looking forward to.
You can check out the trailer for Undergods below
You can find out more about what’s playing at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival below
Even the title – DEAD DICKS gets people talking, and more so, thinking what’s a lot of Dead Dicks is gonna look like on-screen?
Dead Dicks is actually a very clever title, funny, yes, but still very clever. Dead Dicks is a new Canadian shoe-string budget sci-fi. Apart from the opening scenes which take place in a bar, the entirety of Dead Dicks is set in a small cramped apartment (already full of Dead Dicks). I think I counted 4 cast members during the film; one a bartender, the other a neighbour in the apartment complex it takes place in. The other two are our main characters, Richie and Bekka.
OK, enough Dick-teasing…here’s what Dead Dicks is about
As we all know, a lot of people called Richie or Richard have the nickname “Dick”…or “Dickey”…anyways, you get the point.
Richie has suffered from a crippling depression that has made him a recluse in his small apartment. Although not intentional, he relies on his sister for almost everything which has held her back from moving away for employment or advancing in any way. She feels that if she isn’t there for Richie, he may take his own life.
The film immediately starts with a suicide…and yeah, it’s Richie! we see him sit at the kitchen table and suffocate himself with a bag until he drops dead. You see, Richie has somehow found out that if he kills himself, then he is then re-born seconds later.
He may come back, alive and well, but his corpse from when he killed himself previously is still laying there lifeless on the floor.
It doesn’t matter how many times Richie kills himself, he keeps coming back. How does he come back? On his bedroom wall, there is a large gaping hole. It reminds him of a vagina and reminds his sister more of an asshole.
So, we get to witness the beauty of birth, only it’s a fully grown man getting born from a vagina or asshole on a bedroom wall. Sounds insane, right? I would have to agree…yes it fucking is!.
But if you didn’t like your films a little insane then you wouldn’t be here on Moviehooker…or reading a review of a movie called Dead Dicks.
This was a solid indie sci-fi. It is very different, stylish, provocative and both tragic & funny.
As you all know, I am a huge fan of indie cinema. Even more a fan of full feature-length films with minimal cast and locations. Dead Dicks has done it all…from almost absolutely nothing.
The directing, acting, camera work, special FX and OST were all superb. And there are more than a few laugh-out-loud moments while still touching on a very serious subject of depression and suicide.
This is the 2nd Russian sci-fi that I have written about recently. This is great news. Russia really delivers some breathtaking and original sci-fi. Even if they ain’t as dark and violent as I would hope for, their original approach is almost unlike anything we have seen with their films reminding us of Neill Blomkamp-esque sci-fi rather than Disney+
Here is the official press-release
After a tragic accident, a young architect wakes up in a dystopian world: COMA. Here, reality is made from the memories of people who have fallen into a comatose state. Cities, rivers and the sky all flow in and out of each other-fragmented and unstable just like our memories. The common laws of physics don’t exist and nightmarish reapers roam the land spreading death. Having lost most of his own memory, the architect must develop new skills to survive and adapt to the chaos around him. On his search for a way back to reality, he joins a rogue group of fighters and discovers a secret that will affect their lives forever.
Written by: Nikita Argunov, Aleksei Grawitski, and Timofei Dekin Directed by: Nikita Argunov Language: English dub and Russian/Original with English subtitles Genre: Science Fiction Distributor: Dark Sky Films Produced by: Sarik Andreasian, Gewond Andreasian, Ruben Dischdinjan, Armen Ananikjan, Raphael Minasbekjan, and Nikolai Larionow Cast: Irina Starshenbaum, Rinal Mukhametov, Anton Pampushnyy, Lyubov Aksyonova, Milos Bikovic, and Konstantin Lavronenko
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING…
“A brilliant rush of images” -FILMSTARTS.de
“Wild and visually stunning mix of genres with lots of high-tech action”- ntv.de
Coming out in the US, Canada, UK & Ireland on AMC’s horror streaming platform Shudder
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The feature directorial debut from Jeffrey A. Brown, THE BEACH HOUSE is a striking and timely eco-horror that offers up an alluring mix of claustrophobic isolation, mysterious contagion, and dreamy seaside setting with a show-stealing lead performance from Liana Liberato. A hit on the festival circuit, and coming soon to streaming!
“An atmospheric triumph from newcomer director Jeffrey A. Brown… A slick tale of invasion and destruction that’s both intimate and cosmically grand. The Beach House is both a loving throwback to monster pictures from yesteryear, but at the same time, it helps the genre evolve to new places.” – Daniel Kurland, Bloody Disgusting
A romantic getaway turns into a struggle for survival when unexpected guests – and eventually the environment – exhibit signs of a mysterious infection
Synopsis: Escaping to his family’s beach house to reconnect, Emily and Randall find their off-season trip interrupted by Mitch and Jane Turner, an older couple acquainted with Randall’s estranged father. Unexpected bonds form as the couples let loose and enjoy the isolation, but it all takes an ominous turn as increasingly strange environmental phenomena begin to warp their peaceful evening. As the effects of an infection become evident, Emily struggles to make sense of the contagion before it’s too late.
Director/writer: Jeffrey A. Brown
Producers: Andrew Corkin, Tyler Davidson and Sophia Lin
Music by: Roly Porter
Starring: Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros, Jake Weber and Maryann Nagel
All the above information from official press-release. As always, thanks for reading.
Deadline has reported that a follow up to Leigh Whannell’s epic sci-fi, Upgrade will be getting a sequel…but in the form of a new Blumhouse TV series
As a huge fan of Upgrade, this is the news I have been waiting for. It is amazing that they have got the content for a sequel but WAY better knowing that we have hours of Upgrade fun to be looking forward to.
Upgrade starred Logan Marshall-Green (please check out Quarry if you haven’t already). After an accident leaves him paralysed, an experimental AI chip is planted. This new chip not only gives him his body back but he has now become an enhanced killing machine.
I loved this because there was no holding back. We got treated to some fantastic practical effects as well as some modern digital wizardry. The end result had genre lovers flooding forums with nothing but love for Wahnnell’s directorial debut. Since then, Upgrade has become a well-loved horror/sci-fi genre film with worldwide acclaim.
Whannell first appeared on our screens in 2004 in Saw. Co-written by Whannell and James Wan, the Saw franchise has now, to this date spawned countless sequels with no (as much as they say “the final Saw”) sign of it ever stopping. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan or not, the Saw movies have had some screen time. I can only imagine, as a writer, it certainly is one of the highest compliments to get…even if it has gotten a bit ridiculous.
Whannell is onboard to direct the new Upgrade series. I am not sure if other directors will be stepping in for different episodes. I am certain that Blumhouse will let Whannell shape this series any way he wants. He is pretty much a secret weapon Blumhouse with his recent reimagining of The Invisible Man grossing a staggering $122m worldwide. Upgrade will mark the beginning of the director/writer’s 10-year deal with Blumhouse. Such greatness awaits us all!
More information to follow as news is announced. As always, thanks for reading.
Words by Gary Gamble Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
We have been impatiently waiting for the new Christopher Nolan’s movie. In december we received the first trailer and it already looked spectacular, but now, with this new one, the expectations just got higher.
No many information has been released, but in imdb you can read :
“Armed with only one word, ‘Tenet’, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist travels through a twilight world of international espionage, on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.”
A sci-fi thriller full of action, espionage, travels in time and conspiracies with a touch of Inception? Count me in!
Starring Robert Pattinson, John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son), Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy, Dimesh Patel and Michael Caine.
It also has Hoyte van Hoytema in the cinematography (Interstellar, Dunkirk, Ad Astra) and Ludwig Göransson in the music (Creed, Venom, Black Panther).
Parasyte, the mind-bending, shape-shifting original Anime is now streaming on Netflix UK/Ireland
Parasyte is a horror/sci-fi Manga which was written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki. The series ran for 7-years between 1988-1995. It has since been adapted into an Anime and also 2 live-action films. The anime is now on Netflix UK/Ireland for us all to enjoy.
It focuses on a high school student named Shinichi Izumi that lives with his parents in Tokyo. One night an alien invasion takes place. Parasitic worm-like aliens fall to earth and find new hosts in humans by burrowing into their ears or nose. When Shinichi lays sleeping with headphones on, he wakes up with one of these parasitic worms trying to get into his body. Unable to get into ears or nose, this quick-thinking little worm quickly burrows his way into Shinichi’s right hand. When he wakes the next day, he has lost total control of his right hand. Because the Parasyte couldn’t get into Shinichi’s brain and take control, Shinichi is able to keep his own thoughts but his hand has its own personality. He names his new one-hand-army companion Miji (Japanese for “right”)
I really enjoyed the live-action movies but have been waiting on the Anime to come my way. Miji is able to morph into any sort of bladed weapon and remove heads, limbs or any part of the enemy that poses a threat to Migi and his best pal, Shinichi. And, there is plenty of threat from the other Parasytes when they realise that Shinichi has still got control of his own brain. An unusual partnership is formed to eradicate the alien threat and stop the rest of mankind from becoming worm food.
Due to my constant need of crazy Asian cinema, I think I may have opened some sort dark portal to all of these amazing titles. I am definitely not complaining. I am loving every second of it. This lockdown ain’t too bad when you know you’ve so much quality content lined-up.
As always, thanks for reading. Now go enjoy yourself some Parasyte on Netflix!
Words by Gary Gamble Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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