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I AM ZOZO
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Scott Di Lalla

Starring:
Kelly McLaren
Courtney Foxworthy
Demetrius Sager
Caleb DeBattista
Caleb Courtney

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A bunch of spoiled kids on an island vacation hang out at Halloween party where they play with a Ouija board. One of ‘em is not cool with disturbing the spirits (the infamous Zozo is a malevolent spirit you want to avoid), and naturally Zozo (kinda) shows up and bad things start happening.
Is it good movie?
There’s just not enough going on in this stinker to really make it worthwhile. The teenage characters are super rude with the board, just totally ignoring anything that even the average person would know about dealing with the paranormal. They’re playing with the board and actually run into a few different sprits before Zozo shows up (and they’re even warned that they should know better before they run into him).

Naturally, Zozo has been after our main girl (Kelly McLaren) for awhile (or something) , and he loves speaking in the third person. The thing is, almost nothing really happens in this thing. Even at a somewhat scarce 85 minutes, the movie feels like it’s all padded out with a bunch of extraneous nonsense and establishing shots that go nowhere. Everything just happens so slowly that the mild scares don’t add up (unless forcing a girl on a bed to use her asthma retainer, or a character having a nightmare is scary,). Doesn’t help that the Super 8 camera work is super weak, floating around like it’s attached to a bee or something.

The characters are paper-thin and full of cliches. The movie attempts to build a bit of character background but it gets left behind really quickly (though there are a few flashbacks for Tess). As for Zozo, he’s super lame. He talks in the third person all the time and makes all of his words stretched out and uses this bizarre drawl that just falls flat.

There’s really nothing I can recommend about Zozo. The characters are thin (and often detestable), the movie looks ugly, the scares are weak and non-existant, even the music is terrible. As much as I wish there was a great Ouija movie out there, this is unequivocally not it.
Video / Audio
Video: 1.78 anamorphic widescreen- ugly and grainy.

Audio: A pretty decent Dolby 5.1 soundtrack.
The Extras
A Behind the Scenes featurette runs about 7 minutes long and it’s all about the whole “true story” gimmick- apparently Zozo is a real thing. You’ll also hear more about how the film was actually shot on Super 8 instead of it all being done in post.

An interview with Darren Evans is a bizarre recounting of the actor’s “actual” encounter with Zozo. The guy seems to really believe in this and gets all emotional. He comes off admittedly a bit nuts. Bizarre.
Last Call
I’m always up for a paranormal, “messing with something you shouldn’t” flick. However, this one fails on almost every discernible level. Avoid it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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