Psychedelic Nollywood film about Satan

666 is a Nigerian film (in 4 episodes) by Nollywood producer Pastor Kenneth Okonkwo. Judging from the trailer above and a "review" in VICE, it's destined to be a psychotronic classic. The VICE writer promised to post the full flick to YouTube. He'd better hurry -- the devil makes work for idle hands. From VICE:
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In the first scene of 666, the devil sends two assassins up to earth to kidnap a pregnant woman. They cut her belly open in a tunnel and steal the baby, whom they baptize in the service of Satan. Throughout the movie, Satan terrorizes the people of Nigeria despite the efforts of Pastor Okonkwo (yes, he also stars in the film). Okonkwo often sends lightning bolts down to hell by the power of extreme prayer.

In part two of the quartet, the kidnapped child returns to earth and causes all manner of problems. He seduces a woman in her late 20s by flashing lasers out of his eyes; he goes on a bar crawl and possesses a woman who then kills a priest. Then, when a gang of Christians capture him and attempt to ritually stab him to death, he uses his powers to brand each of their foreheads with a lovely 666.
"Nollywood Omen" (Thanks, Vann Hall!)


  1. There’s an excellent article on the Nigerian horror film industry in the August issue of Rue Morgue magazine (which I highly recommend in general). These films are churned out in huge numbers, and while we might be charmed by their inventiveness and their vitality, it’s important to remember also how these films reinforce the worst kind of superstition and religious terror in their audiences. They provide good chills but they also promote a very damaging religious worldview.

  2. And it must be exhausting to watch a full feature, juding by the 2 minutes I spent with that trailer.

  3. I’d be laughing my head off if even ONE of the people had 418 written on their forehead instead of 666.

  4. Videos like this are dangerous. A number of them are being comissioned by the priests themselves, to make theselves look powerful / god like. The villagers are tending to believe things like witchcraft and witches are possible. Many young children are being brutaly butchered, abused and abandoned because they are believed to be possessed. Its a very sad situation.

    i.e. One girl had a nail bashed into her head by her parents.

  5. Unfortunately this sort of thing is what is fuelling the murder of thousands of “witch children” in Africa

    I’m sure I saw clips from this in the documentary-its not a horror movie, but a propaganda piece by one of the charlatan priests who are profiting from the murders

  6. FYI on links between Nollywood and the Witch Children murders:

    “Helen Ukpabio is the head of Liberty Gospel Church, a popular evangelical organization with over 77 churches and 50,000 members. She is also one of the most successful producers in Nollywood. Liberty Films, the church’s movie studio, has produced some of the most popular Nollywood films to date, including End of the Wicked, one of the biggest selling Nollywood titles ever.

    For Helen, making films is her number one evangelical tool. Her films are unique in that they feature the most vivid depictions of witchcraft rituals found in Nigeria. Helen believes that she alone possesses the power to rid people from the “shackles of witchcraft” and that people can be delivered from evil spirits simply by touching the screen while one of her films is on. She’s more than familiar with how witchcraft operates. As a young girl, she was kidnapped by a group of witchcraft devotees and, as she describes it, “engaged to be married to Lucifer, until one day Jesus came” and saved her. After that it became her lifelong mission to help others break free from the evil of witchcraft.

    To keep costs low, she often uses members of her church as actors and crew. Through this network, Liberty has created its own dream factory, churning out dozens of films and selling them at churches across Nigeria and the globe. They are almost exclusively of the “voodoo horror” variety, and usually feature Ukpabio in the “saviour” role, allowing her to promote her cult persona and increase the size of her church exponentially.

    But like most things in Nigeria, success comes with controversy. Her sermons, in which she exposes and exorcises “witches,” have been recently profiled in a BBC Channel 4 documentary, Saving Africa’s Witch Children. She was also taken to court by the Nigerian Video Film and Censors Board which tried to block the release of one of her films. Ultimately, Helen prevailed, and her church continues to grow and produce blockbuster movies.”

  7. The blatant avarice of this pastor, with the extremes he was willing to go, had me howling with laughter, then I read the comments and … it’s a roller coaster of emotions, this rainy Saturday afternoon in NYC.

  8. I own a couple of nollywood movies.

    The best is Osuofia in london parts 1 and 2.

    I also own Igodu, Land of the Living Deads. I have yet to watch that one. I’m saving it for the opportune moment.

  9. Speling chekk: Did you mean to spell “Psychadelic” as “Psychdedelic” (or did Satan play a role in the title’s corruption)?

  10. #13 is right on. There is a BBC documentary about this (“Saving Africa’s Witch Children”). You can find some parts of it on youtube.
    It’s horrifying what they do with children in the name of witch hunt supported by religious ideas (some form of christianity). It is another example of how religion can be abused by so called priests!

  11. “Psychadelic”, “Psychedelic”, what the hell, we’re all friends here, right?

    (I hate when I do that.)

  12. You know, what’s interesting about this is that the Satanic Abuse Scare in the USA and UK roughly coincided with a load of films with roughly similar themes to this, but set in a western context.

    Now we have these films, and a massive “satanic panic” in Africa. I think there’s an interesting piece of research here, on how popular media can germinate real-world irrational hate and persecution.

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