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The Unfamiliar (2020)




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After serving in Afghanistan, British Army doctor Izzy (Jemima West) is finally back home to her family. She didn't leave the battlefield unscathed, however: apart from her physical injuries, she is suffering from intense post-traumatic stress disorder. Soon after settling back in, she begins to perceive supernatural happenings around her home. At first, she blames her afflictions for her hallucinations, but soon enough, she realizes that something more sinister is at play. Directed by Henk Pretorius.

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Jemima West
as Elizabeth (Izzy) Cormack
Christopher Dane
as Ethan Cormack
Rebecca Hanssen
as Emma Cormack
Harry McMillan-Hunt
as Tommy Cormack
Rachel Lin
as Auntie Mae
Ben Lee
as Richard Turner
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Critic Reviews for The Unfamiliar

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

If director Henk Pretorius demonstrates little more than mere competence in building atmosphere, at least he and his casting directors can spot talent in child actors.

September 9, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Harry McMillan-Hunt delivers a convincing performance in what's a complex role as her young son. But the malevolence of The Unfamiliar remains too muddled and unfocused to truly disturb.

January 14, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It alternates between being a slightly dull melange of clichés and a wildly misjudged depiction of a marginalised culture.

September 15, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It really is the case of character development and context being sacrificed in place of jump scares and arbitrary exoticism in this scary but over-familiar horror.

September 14, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Pretorious and DOP Pete Wallington shoot the reveal of the film's devilish protagonist (repping stellar creature design work from makeup fx veteran Robbie Drake) with a genuinely nightmarish glee.

August 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Unfamiliar has one original thought, that it tantalizingly dangles in front of the audience before quickly abandoning the idea.

August 22, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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