South African Horror 8 Fantasia Film Festival Montreal Canada Film Festival Callsheet
July 3, 2019

South African Horror ‘8’ Receives World Premiere at Fantasia


An old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, seeks atonement after trading his daughter’s soul.

Harold Hölscher’s directorial debut of 8 will world premiere at North America’s largest genre film festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada from 11 July until 1 August.

South African Horror 8 Fantasia Film Festival Montreal Canada Film Festival Callsheet

8 tells the story of William Ziel (Garth Breytenbach), who moves his wife Sarah and adopted daughter Mary (Keita Luna) into the inherited country estate after his father’s suspicious death. When Mary begins an unlikely friendship with the farmhand Lazarus (Tshamano Sebe), his sinister motives are slowly revealed, unleashing his dark secret – he steals human souls to feed the insatiable appetite of a demon child he carries in a sack everywhere he goes. As a battle begins over the souls of this family, will anyone be able to survive unscathed?

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Along with 8 there will be world premieres a number of other horror flicks:

  • Killerman, an action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and directed by Malik Bader;
  • Bobby Miller’s Critters Attack!, starring Dee Wallace and Tashiana Washington;
  • Brett and Drew Pierce’s witchcraft drama The Wretched, starring John-Paul Howard and Piper Curda.

Produced by Man Makes A Picture with Rolling Thunder and with a screenplay written by Hölscher, 8 is a horror film that hinges on African folklore and mythology to tell a dark story of atonement.

8 stars award-winning actors, Tshamano Sebe (Of Good Report), Inge Beckmann (Escape Room, Zulu), Garth Breytenbach (series: Troy: Fall of a City) and upcoming star, Keita Luna.

“I am humbled and honoured that after such a long time of making this film it will showcase in such a prestigious festival such as Fantasia. I look forward to present 8 to the world,” said Hölscher.

is the second feature film, after the war drama, The Recce (2018) in a slate of independent films by Cape Town Production company, Man Makes a Picture.

READ MORE: Jacques van Tonder on The Recce

“We always wanted to explore the horror genre and I am pleased that will have its world premiere at Fantasia Festival. We are looking forward to walk this international distribution journey with Rock Salt Releasing from Los Angeles,” said Jac Williams, Producer of 8.

“I couldn’t be more excited to represent the film. It’s horrifying on a very primordial level and it features stories and folklore the West hasn’t seen yet,” said Daisy Hamilton of Rock Salt Releasing.

The Crew

Directed and screenplay by: Harold Hölscher.

Producer: Jac Williams.

Editor: Jacques le Roux.

Cinematographer: David Pienaar.


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