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The Soul Collector (2019)

8 (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 18 October 2019 (USA)
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An old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, seeks atonement after trading his daughter's soul.

Director:

Harold Holscher (as Harold Hölscher)

Writers:

Harold Holscher (as Harold Hölscher), Johannes Ferdinand Van Zyl
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tshamano Sebe Tshamano Sebe ... Lazarus
Inge Beckmann ... Sarah
Keita Luna Keita Luna ... Mary
Garth Breytenbach Garth Breytenbach ... William
Chris April Chris April ... Obara
Luxolo Ndabedi Luxolo Ndabedi ... Suno
Owam Amey Owam Amey ... Vuyiswa
Sindiwe Magona Sindiwe Magona ... Suno's Mother
Graham Clarke ... William's Father
Eve Maxagazo Eve Maxagazo ... Uthuli
Andy Crawford Andy Crawford ... Mary's Mother
Jac Williams ... Mary's Father
Andries Brink Andries Brink ... Sara's Doctor
Maphiko Ncedani Maphiko Ncedani ... Man 1
Sibusiso Njonga Sibusiso Njonga ... Man 2
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Storyline

Bankruptcy forces William Ziel to return to the farm he inherited from his estranged father in an attempt to start a new life with his young, fragmented family. Lazarus, the farm hand who took care of William's father Frederick in his lonely final hours, reappears soon after William, Sarah and adopted daughter Mary, arrive at Hemelop- Aarde. A supposed chance meeting between Mary and Lazarus develops into a bond between two kindred spirits. But Lazarus, the old soul who struggles to find peace in this place of sad memories, carries a dark secret that constantly haunts him: the demon child with its insatiable appetite for human souls that weighs so heavily in the sack he carries everywhere with him. Despite Sarah's misgivings, this unfathomable character wins over William and Mary. At first, Sarah's apprehension seems unfounded but, judging by the reaction of the local community to his return from wanderings afar, she may be right and the Ziels' newfound domesticity could be at risk. A...

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Guilt can become a heavy burden to bear See more »

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Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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The farm is called "Hemel op Aarde", which means "Heaven on Earth" in Afrikaans. See more »

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An original foreign horror film
27 February 2020 | by HorrorFlickFanaticSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. The production value and cinematography are top notch. Stellar actors with great performances. It's very rare to see an original story in the horror genre, this one certainly qualifies as one. As others have said, this film will most likely appeal to older audiences. Unfortunately the version I watched did not have subtitles for the African speaking portions of the dialog so I did feel I missed out on some of the deeper meaning behind the man's actions so I will probably have to watch this one again when a copy with full subtitles become available. In any case, it is hidden gems like this film is why I love to watch international cinema rather than just watch the cookie cutter Hollywood jump-scare mediocre films.


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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English | Tswana

Release Date:

18 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8: A South African Horror Story See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,736
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2.39:1
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