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Two Showmax Original Horror Films Released


Two creepy South African horrors have crawled onto screen, both produced by Nagvlug Films, the company that brought us Wonderlus and Hotel. Both Showmax Originals, serving as the streaming service's first move into the horror genre, it's a welcome sign of things to come.

“We’ve had a great response to hit international horrors like Hereditary, IT and Pet Sematary on Showmax, so we’re excited to see how South African audiences respond when the frights are closer to home.” says Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Multichoice’s Connected Video.

RAGE

Rage follows a group of school-leavers who descend on a tiny coastal town for the rite of passage known as "Matric Rage". A celebration of their freedom, Roxy, Sihle, Kyle, Leon, Tamsyn and Neo party on the beach all night living it up. A trippy hallucination on the beach begins a spiral of terror as the best holiday of their lives turns into a nightmare as the teens become play things following a disturbing ritualistic birth.

Rage is directed by SAFTA nominee Jaco Bouwer, best known for Die Spreeus. The horror stars Nicole Fortuin (Flatland) opposite Carel Nel (Dwaalster) and David Viviers (Kanarie).

PARABLE

Parable follows a teenage girl, who is forced into gay conversion therapy. When a famous lay preacher accidentally conjures a demonic spirit while trying to ‘cure’ her, he tries to hide his mistake in a church house deep within a security complex. The gated community is home to a slacker, who starts getting dream visits from the missing girl.

Parable is a directorial debut for SAFTA-nominee Beer Adriaanse, best known for his performances in Kanarie and Wonderlus. The horror stars Jane de Wet, Michael Richard (Still Breathing), Carla Classen (Stroomop, Fiela Se Kind) and Thapelo Aphiri (Scandal).