While Hollywood constantly chews and regurgitates on its monster staple diet of vampire, werewolf and zombie, there is a world of other horrible nightmare creatures just waiting to be exploited. Any South African will immediately be able to name our main contribution: that horrid little demon that stalks around at night, hides under beds and grabs you when you are not looking. So it”s about time someone made a film about the notorious Tokoloshe.
Strange attacks plague the Orange Farm township”s women, leaving the town leaders at a loss to defend them. But with every attack Mthunzi, a sly business man, is becoming wealthier and growing in sexual icon status – something is amiss. The local Reverend learns that Mthunzi has enslaved a Tokoloshe using it to fulfill his greedy desires. Through his greed he breaks a golden rule and loses control of the beast, which goes on a murderous rampage to exact its revenge. Thirst for blood, the beast comes after Mthunzi”s ex-lovers, saving Mthunzi and his current lover, Boitumelo for last. With nowhere left to run Mthunzi turns to the Reverend. Will he be able to stop overcome the beast to save himself, and the one he loves?
A slight declaration before we go on: I know the people working on this project very well and have seen several cuts of the unfinished product. Blood Tokoloshe is not what you would call a great film – even the producer will tell you the goal is for a “Nollywood-style” production – very low budget and aimed at the DVD/on-demand/its”-2am-I-am-drunk-but-not sleepy market. In fact, it was shot for around R75,000 with around the same amount going into polishing it for the Durban Film Festival.
The plot is pretty simple: a guy summons a tokoloshe to make his wishes come true, but for every wish a person has to die. By the time he realises that there is a problem with this arithmetic, the demon is already out of control…
So it”s Asylum-grade stuff, only cheaper. But there are a few good reasons to root for this film. Firstly, it”s not the usual historic saga, cutesy comedy or inane musical we”ve seen pop up out of local cinema. Second, it”s not trying to win awards but instead wants to help build a potential local market for low-budget films – that might not be some glamorous, but it can certainly pay, unlike many locally-produced movies. Third, the film was entirely shot in the township of Orange Farm and sourced all of its actors from there as well. In short, this is a realistic stab at making a true South African film.
Last Updated: July 16, 2013