The South African streaming service has announced to have wrapped filming for their new psychological thriller set to come out in 2021 and I am beaming with excitement. The show is set in the Eastern Cape and it’s said to have a “twisty script, an amazing cast, and lots of spooky, skin-crawling setups,” says a Showmax insider.
Here’s what we know… so far.
Lea Vivier stars as Yola Fischer, who returns from Chile to the Eastern Cape to bury her father, only to be tormented by spirits in the farmhouse she has inherited and my man, Pallance Dladla co-stars as Themba, her love interest, a biker on the run. But with her mother institutionalised, and her own meds running out, Yola has to wonder if the spirits are real or just in her head? Right off the bat, there’s a familiar horror trope where the character inherits a haunted home and I’m already sold.
You will be happy to know that Neil Sandilands returned from Hollywood for the series – his first South African role since 2013’s Die Ballade Van Robbie De Wee. Since then, Sandilands has appeared in hit shows like The Flash, The 100, The Americans and Hap and Leonard, as well as films like Paul Greengrass’s News of the World, opposite Tom Hanks.
Trypophobia is an aversion to the sight of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps.
Behind the scenes we have a handful of SAFTA winners, Picture Tree is producing the show, with Tom Marais as DOP; Sue Steele as production designer, creating things like frog-covered floors; award-winning model maker Roger Titley creating barbel fish-headed monsters; and Smartie Olifant overseeing makeup, which has a trypophobia-inducing skin disorder.
“It’s safe to say you’ve never seen anything like Dam on South African TV,” – Candice Fanguiero, Showmax’s head of content.
Dam premieres on Showmax in February 2021. 🤩