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Shudder takes on “THE DEMON DISORDER,” directed by effects master Steven Boyle; first trailer

Monday, May 13, 2024 | News


The Australian fright film is headed for a debut on the streamer this fall.

Shudder has announced its acquisition of THE DEMON DISORDER, the directorial debut of makeup and creature effects artist Steven Boyle, whose credits include DAYBREAKERS, BOAR, WINCHESTER, LOVE AND MONSTERS and many others. Boyle scripted the film with Toby Osborne and produced with Ally Muller; Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (UNDEAD, DAYBREAKERS, WINCHESTER) were the executive producers. John Noble (the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy), Charles Cottier, Christian Willis and Dirk Hunter star; the synopsis: “The Australian demonic family drama centers on Graham (Willis), a man haunted by his past since the death of his father and the estrangement from his two brothers. Jake (Hunter), the middle brother, contacts Graham claiming that something is horribly wrong: their youngest brother Phillip (Cottier) is possessed by their deceased father. Graham reluctantly agrees to go and see for himself. With the three brothers back together, they soon realize they are unprepared for the forces against them and learn that the sins of their past will not stay hidden. But how do you defeat a presence that knows you inside and out? An anger so powerful it refuses to stay dead?”

“We are thrilled that THE DEMON DISORDER has reached its final resting place with our friends at Shudder,” says Boyle. “It’s a community and fanbase that we hold in the highest esteem and we couldn’t be happier to be on this journey with them!”

“After years of a creating a range of elaborate visual experiences through his work as a special effects designer on iconic films, we’re thrilled to give Steven Boyle a platform for his feature-length directorial debut with THE DEMON DISORDER,” says Shudder head of programming Samuel Zimmerman. “Full of impressive body horror that fans have come to expect from this master of effects, Boyle’s film is an engrossing story about breaking generational curses that viewers will find both unsettling and amusing.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).