by Oge Okonkwo
1. Blood Money: After this movie was made, Kanayo .O. Kanayo became the man known for acting in money-ritual films. Who can forget that scene where a boy was turned into a chicken when he picked up money from the floor and carried away for rituals? Many parents used that part of the movie to instill fear into the hearts of their stubborn children. Don’t take money from stangers!
2. Diamond Ring: The inimitable Liz Benson was transformed into a fierce ghost, killing almost everyone who stood between her and her ‘Precious’ (in Smeagol’s voice) diamond ring. Not forgetting Bimbo Akintola whose tear ducts never dried throughout the movie. This hair-raising movie, directed by Tade Ogidan, was simply one of a kind. Ogidan is a god.
3. Koto Aye: This classic Yoruba movie gave people goose-bumps from start to finish. Who remembers the dance of the witches? It reminded us of the zombie dance in Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. And that was not pretty, at all.
4. Oracle: Although the flying oracle was a poor imitation of Superman, the chills were real. The Pete Edochie-led movie influenced how Nigerians regarded figurines as household items. For days after, many people couldn’t walk around the house to a toilet without an escort!
5. Igodo: This ranks as one of Nigeria’s most popular epic adventure/horror movies with most of the scenes set in the forest. Sam Dede was our own Mel Gibson in ‘Braveheart’ and Norbert Young was the Frodo (Lord of the rings) of the movie. And we loved it!
6. Witches: And we bring Liz Benson back! This movie practically turned the star actress into a Dracula with a heart of stone. The eerie noises, those long nails (that could pass for hand fans), the sheer deliciousness of the evil. Kai, Liz Benson could act!
7. Full moon: Though the moon was looking like a disco ball and the eagle was like something carved out of wood, Regina Askia was still on the top of her game. Possessed by the ‘moon spirit’, she became the stuff of nightmares, that still give us the shivers even as we write.
Goodness, why doesn’t Nollywood make them as good anymore?