Ile Owo (2022) Movie Review: A Horror Movie That Shocks, Just Not The Way You Would Expect

Ile Owo (2022) Synopsis: Busola has forever been unlucky with love. Pressured by society and her parents to tie the knot as a means to lift her family out of poverty, she finally meets Tunji – the perfect man. At first, Busola struggles to understand why a billionaire would choose to marry her, but after she accepts his proposal of marriage, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead her to a truth she could never have imagined.

The Cast of Ile Owo (2022)

  • Bukunmi Adeaga-Ilori
  • Ademola Adedoyin
  • Bisola Aiyeola
  • Sophie Alakija
  • Tayo Arimoro
  • Patrick Diabuah
  • Mofe Duncan
  • Temisan Emmanuel
  • Ikponmwosa Gold
  • Efa Iwara
  • Akin Lewis
  • Tina Mba
  • Immaculata Oko
  • Jide ‘JBlaze’ Oyegbile

The Crew behind Ile Owo (2022)

  • Dare Olaitan – Writer and Director 
  • Kayode Kasum – Producer 

Review of Ile Owo (2022)

Review of Ile Owo (2022)

The main thing that attracted me to Ile Owo was the picture of Bisola Ayeola, on the movie poster, playing the role of an old witch, only for me to go see the movie, and she appears only in the last scene showing for less than 60 seconds. It was a great disappointment, but it was the culminating disappointment. You see, the whole movie makes me want to collect my money back, with interest. 

The movie spends too much time focusing on the horror element, and forgets to give us a proper story. It leaves too many questions unanswered, and not in a good way. The female lead is either over acting or under acting. Her screen chemistry with the other actors is almost non-existent. 

The audio of the movie is too loud, and focuses too much on the ominous element. There is not a single enjoyable score in the entire flick. Facial expressions are made baselessly, and we are left guessing what they mean. We never get the meanings, if they have any. Characters show up with no background, and no eventual explanation of their roles in the movie. Eventually, the ending leaves you wondering what you have just experienced. 

As much as we want Nollywood to explore more genres, this particular foray into the horror genre leaves a bad taste in the mouth. It is tepid horror, and has no tasteful story to compensate. The story synopsis has more meat in it than the actual movie. 

Nolly Rating: 1/5 (Poor Movie) 

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12 thoughts on “Ile Owo (2022) Movie Review: A Horror Movie That Shocks, Just Not The Way You Would Expect”

  1. The movie is just baseless. It left me wondering with my imaginations. Who is Bisola’s father and the his connection to Tunji’s family? Honestly,I can’t even match or connect the movie scenes. No story line here

  2. Really never expected this to be an horror movie, to me it what the time. Sounds more like Hollywood standard horror movie thou the lead actress was either over acting or not not fit in with the role played but overall nice movie

  3. I think Busola’s father was just used a pawn to lure Busola to Tunji, in exchange for healing and perhaps riches. At the beginning, when he was laying on the bed, he said ‘all I need is money’. It was this greed that made his heart an easy target for that spirit. They knew they could not get to Busola through the mother so they used the father instead. When the mother was praying, the spirit spoke to him or possessed him to silence her as her prayers were messing up the plan. Once the mother was dead, there was nothing to ruin or distract their plans – possibly why we no longer see the father for the rest of the film…

  4. The movie had a great beginning but poor ending. So many questions unanswered, total waste of time and I don’t think it’s the horror movie they try to portray it as, it’s a spiritual movie.

    The lead actor is great, don’t know why people are complaining about her acting. Kiekie’s accent is what doesn’t make sense to me in the movie. Tho it’s kinda funny but the accent is not necessary.


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