Produced and set in South Africa, THE SOUL COLLECTOR is a fresh new tale of demonic terror, with a captivating South African cast, including Tshamano Sebe (Lazarus), Keita Luna (Mary), Garth Breytenbach (William), Inge Beckman (Sarah), Chris April (Obara), and Owam Arwen Mditshwa (Vuyiswa).
In an attempt to start a new life with his young, fragmented family, bankrupt William Ziel returns to the farm he inherited from his estranged father. Lazarus, the farmhand who took care of William’s father in his lonely final hours, reappears soon after William, Sarah, and adopted daughter Mary arrive. A supposed chance meeting between Mary and Lazarus develops into a bond between two kindred spirits. But Lazarus carries a dark secret: a demon child with an insatiable appetite for human souls … and now the Ziels’ newfound domesticity is placed at unfathomable risk.
The story of THE SOUL COLLECTOR came to director/writer Harold Hölscher after the death of a friend on a South African highway, when he learned of a Zulu tradition that involves catching a soul in order to return it home.
Leading up to the film’s worldwide premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, the festival’s co-director Mitch Davis described the THE SOUL COLLECTOR (known internationally as 8: A South African Horror Story) as having “an aesthetic that is alternately visually sumptuous and forcefully visceral, taking heightened uncanny flight through a consistently clever use of sound. Evocative in ways of Richard Stanley’s Namibian occult classic DUST DEVIL, undulating with spectral poetry, 8 will unsettle you. It just may break your heart. Whatever the case, count on it returning to you in dreams.”
Running Time: 100 minutes Not RatedDirected & written by: Harold Hölscher Produced by: Jac Williams Cast: Tshamano Sebe (Lazarus), Keita Luna (Mary), Garth Breytenbach (William), Inge Beckman (Sarah), Chris April (Obara), Owam Arwen Mditshwa (Vuyiswa)
South Africa, 2019English Distributed by Shout! Studios