"C.J. "Fiery" Obasi's Nigerian zombie flick brings the familiar undead creatures to a new and exotic setting" - Hollywood Reporter. Read excerpts from review.
Fast rising director and AMVCA 2015 Trailblazer Award winner, C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi's movie ‘Ojuju’ was reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter.
The award winning film stars Gabriel Afolayan, Omowunmi Dada, Kelechi Udegbe, Chidozie Nazeribe, Brutus Rihard.
Read excerpts from review;
Considering the massive output of the Nollywood film industry, it was probably inevitable that it would eventually get around to appropriating that most familiar of Hollywood tropes, the zombie film.
The result is this horror film directed and written by the marvelously named C.J. "Fiery" Obasi which brings the flesh-eating creatures to a Nigerian slum.
Winner of the Best Nigerian Movie award at last year's African International Film Festival, Ojuju was recently showcased at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's New Voices in Black Cinema.
Obasi, whose IMDb bio states that he grew up watching Hammer horror films and reading Stephen King novels, clearly has an affinity for the subject matter.
Although made on an obviously miniscule budget, this enterprising genre pic is very well crafted. Infused with both sly humor and genuine thrills, it puts many similarly themed American efforts to shame, with the exoticism of its setting only adding to the overall effect.
Set in a teeming Lagos slum, it provides an all-too-realistic explanation for the sudden transformation of its inhabitants into desiccated figures with an appetite for human flesh: It's the result of a contaminated water supply, which is certainly a problem endemic to the African nation.