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6 Terrifying Nollywood Horror Films to Watch This Halloween

Nollywood takes horror to a whole other level, of course.

There are few things in this world more mindlessly entertaining than a Nollywood film. Add horror into the mix and you're in for a spooky—often unintentionally—funny viewing experience, replete with references to juju, low-budget special effects portraying demonic spirits, and intensely hyperbolic performances.

What's even better about Nollywood horror films, all shenanigans aside, is that sometimes, they can actually be pretty scary—just ask any Nigerian child growing up in the late 90s and early 2000s—often considered the heyday of the genre—who was brave enough to watch.

READ: The 20 Best Nollywood Films of All Time

Nollywood horror films encompass all that's unique about the Nigerian film industry, wrapped into cynical cinematic treats. With today being Halloween, it's the perfect occasion to indulge.

From recent titles to occultic-themed classics, here are 6 Nollywood titles available on Youtube for your viewing pleasure.

For more Nollywood flicks revisit our lists of the 20 Best Nollywood Films of All Time and 10 Nollywood Love Stories on YouTube That Will Make You Feel Good About Your Love Life.


Feast of Horror and Juju

The title of this film tells us pretty much all we need to know.

Karishika

This 1996 Nollywood classic kept many children up at night back in the day and, honestly, it's still spooky in adulthood.

The Cannibals


What could be scarier than a flesh-eating human? Well a lot of things I'm sure, especially considering the fact that this film makes it look kind of entertaining. This one stars none other than the hilarious Charles Okocha.

Blood Sisters

This Nollywood classic starring Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade will teach you that no one can be trusted, especially not blood sisters who are literally after, well, your blood.

Diamond Ring


Another classic horror film. The moral of the story here is: don't steal kids, it's likely not worth a ghost haunting you for the rest of your life.

A Ghost in My House


There's your typical "haunted house" and then there's the "haunted house on steroids as seen in a Nollywood film." This is that.

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