Nigerians Recount Their Most Traumatizing Nigerian Horror Movies – Real Life Yarns
Let’s not mince words, the Nigerian movie industry is doing really wonderfully at the moment, even though there are still some bad eggs in the crate. But Nollywood is gaining more and more international recognition, and we must say that this is a wonderful time to be Nigerian. Yes, we have a lot of grievances with the state of the country, but we are talking African Movie Academy Awards, and Netflix and Amazon Prime collaborations, so stay with us. Please.
Of all the Nigerian Movies that have graced our screens, the chieftain in the squad is Nigerian horror movies. From traumatizing viewers for years with how realistic they could get, to making you want to personally hunt down the editors for a shabby job, Nigerian horror movies have managed to make themselves memorable in the minds of viewers, especially the younger ones. Whatever the case may be, the end result is always a rise in Blood Pressure.
We always like to prove our point, so we asked some people if they had ever seen a Nigerian horror movie and asked them to describe the ones that scared them the most. Here are some very interesting replies:
I am already living it, so why would I try to watch a Nigerian horror movie? If I did, I don’t remember any. Nigeria alone is the most traumatizing horror anyone can experience.
Karishika still scares me to this day. Anytime I come across a tall, fair lady with long hair and red lipstick, I instantly get flashbacks. Although nothing scares me anymore since I’m grown up and all. But you see Karishika… I don’t think I’ll be getting over it anytime soon.
I saw all the Kanayo O. Kanayo cult movies growing up, and, nope, I wasn’t scared. Is that normal? I mean, it was meant to be scary because it is more relatable, and these people, especially the ones who end up as the victims of the cultists and ritualists, look like you. But nah, it didn’t do anything to me
I will never forget Egg of Life! That movie had me in a chokehold. There was this character who could talk with and see spirits. He could be talking with another character and just switch to talking with the spirits, or he could be on his own and be talking to the spirits. Now, other characters would see him laughing and talking out loud and think he was crazy. Growing up, when I saw anyone smiling to themselves or talking out loud, I just assumed they were talking to spirits. I did scare people by just laughing or talking out loud, and it was fun to get their reactions.
40 Days in the Wilderness was that trauma for me. I decided to see the movie because I saw Osita Iheme aka “Paw-Paw” as part of the cast, so I felt it would be funny. Let me tell you, the case was very different. The intro music had me turning it off. I braved the fear and went again, but this time, I made sure a lot of people were around. The movie was about an occult man posing as a pastor, performing miracles, and having a church. When he was speaking in tongues, he was invoking his occult chant, which made me doubt pastors and anyone I hear praying in tongues. I can still hear the intro sound when I’m alone in the dark, so I always try to distract myself in the dark.
I can’t remember the name of the movie, it was about how kids were initiated into cultism. There was this little girl in school who would come with the puff-puff her mom made and she would share it with her classmates. The ones that ate it usually heard a little girl screaming “Buy puff-puff” at night and had to join her at the meeting venue. As I grew, I hated puff-puff because I felt every puff-puff you ate would initiate you into the cult. To this day, I’m still skeptical about eating puff-puff bought outside.
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