The first thing that came to my mind after seeing Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys is how beautiful it would be to have Adetiba direct a horror movie. King of Boys, released last year and with a hint at a possible sequel, has been a reference point to good Nollywood filmmaking, never mind that the movie arduously clocked at three hours. So imagine my uncontainable delight to see this tweet from Adetiba today:
Question – would you guys watch a Nigerian horror film in the cinema? Or you’d rather not do naija ojuju in film, as it’s too close for comfort??
— Kemi Adetiba (@kemiadetiba) July 9, 2019
I have gone through the tweet over and over to be sure that it came from her. The thing is, Adetiba is sufficiently capable in directing a horror movie given her lean, but impressive portfolio. And from the comments under her tweet, Nigerians seem to be open to be watching a horror movie in the cinema as long it’s tastefully done. Horror movies are becoming hot in Hollywood, with comedians even crossing into the genre and showing that horror and comedy are both sides of the coin. Another thing I noticed in the comments of Adetiba’s tweet was that people still think horror is a fringe concept in Nollywood.
Hate to break it to you but horror is just as old as Nollywood, carbon-dating to Living In Bondage and other cult horror varieties. Look, If Adetiba is considering making a horror movie then I’m more than ready for it.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.