Strange enough, we are getting a Nollywood horror film in 2021. Even more surprising is that it is coming from an unlikely director: Toka McBaror, whose oeuvre has maintained the sparkly drip of extravaganza movies in Nollywood such as The Millions and Merry Men. His latest directorial effort Creepy Lives Here pivots towards horror, and in dark, sadistic ways.
A group of friends decide to camp out in a reclusive cabinlike shelter without their phones and, while there, get preyed on and murdered by someone who knows the angles and corners of the place. While the trailer sustains a menacing, dreadful atmosphere (a victim is shown strung up from a tree with a slashed, disfigured face), it’s still your run-of-the-mill cabin horror that embraces the vastness of night and the evil that lurks around.
Wizened comic Afeez Oyetoro plays something like a quasi-villain, a decoy allowing room for the real killer to carry out their blood-thirsty, nocturnal activities. There’s a slasher vibe to Creepy Lives Here and it begs the question: why can’t we have more of this in Nollywood? The film also stars Big Brother Naija alum Teddy A who will likely die (RIP) because he’s painfully vain, Nancy Isime, Mike Godson, Bimbo Ademoye, Prince David Osei, Romeo Horsfall and Beverly Osu, who looks born to be in a horror film.
Produced by Kenneth Omeruo, Creepy Lives Here has no release date yet.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies and reading comics and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.