I Am Zozo is not a movie I am going to recommend despite having a somewhat alluring premise and cover. I like Ouija board horror. I love Witchboard and the Exorcist, and I’ll give any movie half a chance to make an impression on me that tries to incorporate this dark parlor game into it. So I gave I Am Zozo a shot, and it didn’t grab me. From the get go you’ll realize that this movie is going to be a possession flick. It’s not the Exorcist, and the one thing I can say in its defense is that it tries to be original and doesn’t try to rip off movies from which it could easily try to salvage bits of plot.
Synopsis from Image:
On Halloween night, five teens decide to liven up their party with some innocent fun: by summoning the spirits. At first, it’s all nervous laughter and scoffing. Then, the night takes a sinister turn: the board reveals truths, exposes secrets it cannot possibly know, and triggers inexplicable events within the darkened house. As the session continues, an entity reveals itself: Zozo. And as the terrified teens are about to discover, once you make contact with this ancient, demonic force, you’re no longer playing a game… the game is playing you. A pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller based on multiple reports of spirit board encounters with this savagely malicious spirit.
Some spoilers ahead, but you’ll see them coming from the outset of the movie. Not sure you can really call them spoilers with that in mind.
I’m a fan of the look or the shooting style, and the acting is fairly amateur. I love the portrayal of the Wiccan on Samhain to legitimize the spiritual elements of divining on Halloween. Each character is a device rather than a person whom you might intimately care about. There are no effects to speak of and the ending is pretty sour… you can’t just throw a guy and a girl in a room and have him explain the goddamn plot of the movie. You can’t. You can’t You can’t.
I bet I Am Zozo worked well as a short film, but the burden of keeping up the intensity of a movie whose only gimmick is a Oujia board with minimal other development cannot sustain in a 90 minute feature.