What if you were experiencing something supernatural in your own home, but everybody around you shrugged it off as a mental health condition? That’s the set-up of The Unfamiliar, a creepy-looking British horror movie that just dropped a new trailer. In the film from director Henk Pretorius, an Army medic returns home from war and begins experiencing creepy stuff around her house. Her family assumes it’s PTSD. But…what if it’s not?
The Unfamiliar Trailer
The Unfamiliar wasn’t on my radar, but next trailer, I’m interested. There’s a great one-shot here involving a shower curtain that’s more effective than most of the junk we see in big-budget horror. In The Unfamiliar, “British Army Doctor, Elizabeth “Izzy” Cormack, returns from war to rekindle her relationship with her estranged family. Izzy notices numerous inexplicable activities in her house that her husband believes are because of her struggling with PTSD because of war. Izzy militantly pieces the daunting puzzle together to reveal a terrifying, invisible enemy that has infested her entire family. In a heroic attempt to save your self her family, she is pulled into a dark underworld in Hawaii to explore ancient mythology.”
The film’s exploration of Hawaiian mythology seems like a fresh method of material similar to this. The director has the following statement regarding that approach:
Decoding the Hawaiian mythology and the meaning of every cultural reference in The Unfamiliar might feel like assembling a complex puzzle with the lead character; a puzzle that consists of tiny pieces that have been left for the audience to find and also to ultimately sound right of. Hawaii is often portrayed as an idyllic holiday destination, with friendly local people that serve tourists. But look closer and you’ll find a wealth of mythological creatures, beliefs and mysteries woven in to the psyche of the Native Hawaiians (Kanaka Maoli). The Unfamiliar explores some of these mythological creatures, coupled with ancient ritual (transference) and a Hawaiian shaman (Kahuna).
The cast includes Jemima West, Christopher Dane, Rebecca Hanssen, Rachel Lin, Harry McMillan-Hunt Director, with Henk Pretorius directing from a script co-written by Jennifer Nicole Stang. Look for the film on August 21, 2020.
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