"Under your bed. Waiting to be fed." Check out the trailer for Blood Tokoloshe: Dawn of the Beast which was filmed in South Africa in the Nollywood-style on a shoestring budget and is set to screen at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival this July. The film tells of a man gets a sangoma to make him a tokoloshe so that he can get himself sex and money.
"We set out to make a Nollywood-style horror. It was an experiment to
see if it can make money in the DVD market," says Schmitz, a top
"We made it on a shoestring with unknown actors.
It cost R75 000 to make – and when Durban chose it we ended up spending
R78 000 polishing it in post-production."
In the film, a man gets a sangoma to make him a tokoloshe so that he
can get himself sex and money.
Of course it all goes wrong and he makes
one wish too many.
His calabash overflows with blood and the
serial-killing tokoloshe goes on a babe-slaying rampage.
Blood Tokoloshe is every kind of offensive – and it could just work.
Asked if he expects a backlash from people accusing him of exploiting
African culture, Schmitz says, "We're about to find out, I guess."
says that test audiences "laughed their heads off for about 70% of the
The other reason Blood Tokoloshe might work is that it's landed
itself an international sales agent, is targeting township screenings
and will be available through an amazing new Wi-Fi download initiative
operating in high-density commuter areas.
You will be able to download
Blood Tokoloshe on your phone at your taxi rank for R4. Tokoloshe eats
That and the fact that the producers have created a co-operative in
Orange Farm, where the film was shot.
"If we hit R500 000 returns we
will go straight into making the sequel," says Schmitz.
The co-op will
buy all the equipment needed to shoot it and production company Amariam
will hire it from them. They will be set up to produce and screen their
own movies if their tokoloshe hits the jackpot.
My favourite bit of exploitation irony is that the tokoloshe is played by a white guy.
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