Like the zombies that populate them, zombie movies are never quite dead. Just when you think Hollywood has wrung every last bit of value from the undead, fresh voices come along – often from outside of the United States – and find new ways to make the zombie movie relevant again.
So it is with Ojuju, the 2014 zombie movie from Nigerian filmmaker C.J. Obasi.
Set in a poor neighborhood in Nigeria, Ojuju uses the zombie as an allegory for ecological disaster, drawing direct parallels between the undead and the lack of drinking water available in many communities. Along the way, Obasi reminds us all that, in the battle between big ideas and big budgets, big ideas will always, always win.
In this episode of Certified Forgotten, The Matts are joined by Fangoria Managing Editor Meredith Borders to discuss the importance of midnight screenings for the success of some horror films. They also discuss the unique joys – and the specific disconnects – of watching international horror as American viewers.
Ojuju is now available to stream on kewliTV, a streaming platform dedicated to sharing the shorts and features of the global Black community.
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