DISPLACED (2020) First reviews of Satanic Panic horror pic

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Displaced is a 2020 American horror feature film about a young black man who suspects his new white neighbours are emissaries from the Satanic cult.

Written and directed by and co-starring Josh Atkinson, the movie also stars Philip Jayoni, Megan Fitzgerald and Hope Harley.


When Nathan was six, he was rescued from a satanic cult moments before the compound went up in flames. His mother died in the fire and, knowing nothing of the outside world, Nathan’s grandmother, Loretta, raised him in her Brooklyn brownstone.

Years of therapy and difficulty adjusting have turned Nathan into a passionate defender of children at the Brooklyn office of Child Protective Services. However, his abuse experiences have also left him terrified of his own libido and suspicious of any new person in his life.

When his longtime neighbour disappears one night and a pair of oddly familiar midwesterners move in, Nathan begins to see and hear things he can’t be sure are real. His old therapist got him to see that his memories of the cult (child sacrifices in the woods, supernatural creatures being summoned) were just his young mind’s way of processing the abuse he suffered. But as his experiences grow more and more vivid, Nathan will be led to the truth of who he is…


“While not offering much in the way of scares, there is tension and unsettling feelings throughout, which are mostly successful in putting the audience in Nate’s shoes, not knowing what to believe. Displaced is creative and well-intentioned, but rough around the edges.” Cinema Seventy-Six

Displaced has an intriguing set-up that does, unfortunately, drag on a little long, but by the time we get to its all-out finale full of sacrifices, child endangerment and demonic possessions all is forgiven […] the presentation is clearly hampered by the film’s lack of budget and some of the acting is stilted and awkward, but all of the elements are there for a great story and an enjoyable horror film.” The Horrorcist

“At its core, Displaced is a movie about clashes: the clash of two cultures, the clash inherent in the Satanic Panic genre, and the clash of a man with his past. It is fun and grim, dark and humorous, and the portrayal of its fictionalized Brooklyn is laden with messages for our real world.” Killer Horror Critic

“Made for a mere $16K, Displaced uses its scant special effects incredibly well; the specters of the satanic forces that pursue Nate are truly chilling when they appear. The glowing eyes you’ll see in Displaced’s promotional materials also figure into the film’s tensest moments and reveal the battle of good and evil within Nate.” Rue Morgue


Displaced premiered at the Salem Horror Fest on October 2nd 2020.

Cast and characters (alphabetical):

Mia Y. Anderson … Camilla Clay
Josh Atkinson … Lucas Beiler
Pat Bishow … Officer Jennings
Shiree Nicholas Christopher … Dionne
Erik Endsley … Tim
Megan Fitzgerald … Heather Beiler
Honesty Guess … Nurse
Hope Harley … Loretta Lewis
Manoli Ioannidis … Spiro Manolikakis
Philip Jayoni … Nathan Lewis
Aaron David Kapner … Officer Weiss
Katie Kuang … Vanessa Chen
Maya Murphy … Marcy
Nicholas Valentino … Danny
Shaquanna Williams … Jasmine Rodriguez

Filming locations:

New York City, New York

Technical details:

102 minutes


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