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District 9 director Neil Blomkamp's new horror Demonic gets release date

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Neill Blomkamp's next movie is a horror called Demonic, and thanks to a new deal, we only have to wait until August 20 until it arrives. The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) reports that IFC Midnight – home of horror movies like the heartbreaking Relic and the Alien-esque Sputnik – grabbed the US rights in a new deal. 

Demonic is Blomkamp's first major movie since Chappie and was filmed during the pandemic. It tells the story of a family rift between mother and daughter (relatable) and the terrifying demons that are released as a result. Carly Pope, who also appeared in Blomkamp's Elysium and hilarious Cooking with Bill series, will star in Demonic along with Chris William Martin and Michael Rogers.

Previous reports from Deadline (opens in new tab) stated that Demonic was filmed with on-set COVID-19 protocols in British Columbia, Canada, during Summer 2020. The movie is said to feature a "strong sci-fi and VFX component in keeping with Blomkamp’s previous three movies." 

Blomkamp has previously been tied to projects like RoboCop Returns and even an Alien movie, Alien: Awakening, but despite fan enthusiasm, these have fallen through. Since Elysium Blomkamp has teased fans with the release of a number of short films through his Oats Studios project. He also confirmed earlier this year that a District 9 sequel is still in the works and currently being written. 

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Until Demonic hits theaters in August, you can check out the best horror movies while you wait. 

Stephanie is a comic book historian and pop culture critic for publications including SYFYFANGRRLS, Marvel, The A.V. Club, Nerdist, Den of Geek, and Rotten Tomatoes. Stephanie is also a comic creator with three ongoing webcomics, Parenthood Activate!, But What If Though?, and Living Heroes. She made her Marvel debut with a short story featuring Monica Rambeau in Marvel’s Voices: Legacy. She recently made her DC Comics debut in Wonder Woman Black and Gold #2 and is co-writing the Nubia and the Amazons miniseries.