It’s fun to see how movie genres evolve through time. How the way that we get spooked changes as our culture evolves. Effects and ideas that used to haunt audiences seem fairly tame to us in 2021. Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp took some time during the pandemic to experiment with the horror genre with a film titled, Demonic from IFC Midnight.
You may remember Blomkamp from some of his other feature films like District 9, Chappie, and Elysium. With his love for science-fiction, he decided to incorporate some of these ideas into Demonic. He used a technology called volumetric capture. A three-dimensional video where you’re turning the actors into geometric shapes. It uses about 260 cameras in some sort of grid or dome according to Blomkamp.
Using this different method, he was able to create a simulation of the brain where one of the characters is able to travel into the mind of her mom who is in a coma to try and communicate with her. What she ends up finding is quite terrifying.
Here is the synopsis for IFC Midnight’s Demonic
When Carly Spenser (Carly Pope) learns that her estranged mother Angela (Nathalie Boltt) has fallen into a coma, she reluctantly agrees to take part in a cutting-edge therapy that will allow her to tap into Angela’s still-active brain and communicate with her. Observed by physician Michael (Michael J. Rogers) and neuroscientist Daniel (Terry Chen), she enters a harrowing simulation of Angela’s mindscape where she discovers the powerful supernatural force that drove her mother to commit unspeakable acts of violence nearly two decades earlier. Afterward, haunted by terrifying visions, Carly joins forces with her old friend Martin (Chris William Martin) as she desperately tries to fend off the monstrous demon before it can enter a new host and inflict more pain and suffering on the world.
With the release of Demonic today, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez spoke with Carly Pope. She is the lead actress in the film. During our conversation, she tells us about shooting with the volumetric capture system. As well as her role in the film where she is alone quite a bit of the time. It’s a fantastic conversation that we wished we could have talked about a specific scene in-depth, but we didn’t want to spoil it! Check it out below.
IFC Midnight’s Demonic is in theaters, On Demand, and Digital as of today!