Demonic once again showcases the visual styles of Neill Blomkamp (Chappie, District 9). Rather you love him or hate him for his vision he has a distinct one, like Zack Snyder on a more independent scale.
He seems to make movies for a small niche of people rather than his mainstream sleeper hit District 9. The film Demonic demonstrates that again, I do not think this movie will move past a cult following for the next few years following its release. However, it is a solid entry into the demonic sub-genre of horror.
The trailers will lead you to believe that it will be another run of the mill found-footage film, luckily the trailers are highly misleading. This is a straight-forward horror film, instead of it being a found-footage. The movie itself, is boosted by the visual effects. It’s one of the better directed IFC films in years, however, the performances weaken the movie a lot.
The performances from the lead feel like a student film atmosphere, while the direction from Neill is ages above everyone involved, you would be surprised why he slipped this love to direct Demonic. After first watching Demonic I rather enjoyed it, then after it sat with me, it did not have the staying power that most of Neil’s movies does as I loved District 9 and Elysium. Demonic is just a step ahead of Chappie, its not great but an enjoyable watch at home. If you have AMC+ like me wait until this shows up on the IFC unlimited channel and you can stream it for free on there.
Overall grade: 2.5/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar