‘The Unfamiliar’ Trailer Explores PTSD & Hawaiian Mythological Creatures

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Henk Pretorius’ The Unfamiliar explores the effects of post-war PTSD and ups the ante by setting it inside a seemingly haunted house.

Based on Hawaiian lore, the director explains that The Unfamiliar takes viewers on a journey away from what is traditionally known as a peaceful vacation spot:

“Hawaii is often portrayed as an idyllic holiday destination, with friendly local people that serve tourists. But look closer and you will find a wealth of mythological creatures, beliefs, and mysteries woven into the psyche of the Native Hawaiians (Kanaka Maoli).”

Pretorius adds, “The Unfamiliar explores some of these mythological creatures, combined with ancient ritual (transference) and a Hawaiian shaman (Kahuna).”

The Unfamiliar will release in U.S. cinemas on August 21, 2020,  followed by UK & South African on September 14, 2020.


British Army Doctor, Elizabeth “Izzy” Cormack, returns from war to rekindle her relationship with her estranged family.

Izzy notices numerous inexplicable activities in her house that her husband believes are due to her suffering from PTSD as a consequence of war.

Izzy militantly pieces the daunting puzzle together to reveal a terrifying, invisible enemy that has infested her entire family. Ina heroic attempt to save her family, she is pulled into a dark underworld in Hawaii to explore ancient mythology.

Here’s the trailer, take a look: