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It seems like every time Hollywood gets a hold of an idea, there’s an indie company there to ape it and make a few bucks. But that’s not really the case with I Am Zozo, which I can't help but smirking at whenever I say the title aloud. Universal Pictures has a Ouija board movie in the pipeline, but it has already gone through its share of problems. I mean, it probably won’t be a genius work of art like Battleship or anything.
I Am Zozo was the winner of a the Best Feature and Audience Choice Awards at the 2012 U.S. Super 8 Film Festival, as it was filmed entirely on Super 8mm film. Since then it hasn’t really done all that much, but according to a press release, the film will get U.S. distribution from Image Entertainment, which has produced a bunch of indie horrors and thrillers over the last few years.
Believe it or not, this film’s plot is not going to blow anyone’s expectations out of the water, but I’m fairly certain Universal’s will be just as limited in scope. Five young friends mess with a Ouija board and bring forth the evil demon Zozo, and their lives are probably doomed thereafter.
Perhaps the draw here lies less within the subject matter and more on the person presenting it. The film was directed by Scott DiLalla, who is responsible for a handful of documentaries, most involving motorcycles. Choppertown: The Sinners would probably be his most famous one. "Di Lalla's background as a documentary filmmaker brings realism to I Am ZoZo whose subject matter is terrifying in itself,” said Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image.
For more information, head to the film’s website, and get your first peek at the film in the admittedly slow but still slightly ominous teaser below.