After the film’s recent successful release in the USA, UK and Vietnam, South Africa is finally able to watch the thrilling horror, The Unfamiliar, on DSTV Box Office, iTunes and Google Play from today (28 October 2020)!
The Unfamiliar tells the story of a British Army doctor (Jemima West) who comes back from war, thinking she has PTSD, only to discover that there are malevolent spirits present in her home, making the life that she knew unfamiliar.
South African filmmaker, Henk Pretorius, known for Leading Lady, Bakgat and Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, directed The Unfamiliar and co-wrote the screenplay with Jennifer Nicole Stang. The film stars Jemma West (Indian Summers, The Mortal Instruments) and Christopher Dane (Being Sold) in the lead roles and was produced by South African-born Llewelynn Greeff (Modder en Bloed, Leading Lady) and Barend Kruger.
The Unfamiliar Director & Writer Henk Pretorius comments on the digital release in SA
“I am thrilled to finally share The Unfamiliar with my friends back home and hope that our first effort at creating a British horror film will make you proud”
International critiques praise Pretorius for his powerful, emerging voice in The Unfamiliar
“A great calling card for Pretorius that showcases a powerful voice.” – Craig Draheim, Ginger Nuts of Horror
“A strong movie is driven by a story that starts in very familiar territory (ghostly goings-on) before revealing a strong hand.” – Carl ‘The Disc’ Fisher, GBHBL
“…a very well-made film, nicely acted with highly effective use of lighting and sound leading to some very effective jumps and scares.” – Simon Ball, Simon’s Horrible Hothouse of Horror
“The Unfamiliar is no slow burner, as Izzy’s descendent into terror begins early on and rarely lets up.” – Joseph Perry, Horror Fuel
“The Unfamiliar is a can’t-miss.” – Moe Long, Cup of Moe
The Unfamiliar has just signed a major South American Film Deal after opening at Number 2 in over a thousand cinemas in Vietnam and was officially selected to be part of Apple’s Halloween promotion in the USA.
Producer Llewelynn Greeff comments on releasing a film during the COVID-19 pandemic
“Distributing a film worldwide during COVID has challenged us far beyond our comfort zone, yet we have, with the support of a great team and motivated by a film we all believe in, risen to the challenge.”
Watch the trailer for the film below:
I have to admit that I’ve never been a huge horror fan, but this is definitely a film that I want to check out.
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