I AM ZOZO
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Scott Di Lalla
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
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
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
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
Audio: A pretty decent Dolby 5.1 soundtrack.
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
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.
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.