FILM TITLE: TOKOLOSHE
GENRE:
CONSUMER ADVICE: 16 H SV V
DISTRIBUTOR: INDIGENOUS FILM DISTRIBUTION
DIRECTOR: JEROME PIKWANE
MAIN CAST: PETRONELLA TSHUMA, KWANDE NKOSI, DAVID MINNAAR
LANGUAGE: Low Impact/ Infrequent/ Used Conversationally
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: NONE
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: Strong Impact/ Fairly Frequent/ Gory Details/ Graphic
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: TOKOLOSHE is a South African horror film genre exploring young woman, Busisiwe who goes to Johannesburg to look for greener pastures. She got a job as a cleaner at a Joburg hospital but is haunted by evil spirits and tormented by monsters and/ or tokoloshe which is masterminded by his controversial employer, Mr Rottenham. While at the hospital, Mr Rottenham attempts to rape Busi but she fought back, survives unscathed and ran to her flat, but is forced to go back to her job after days of not reporting for duty as she feared Rottenham would continue to torment her. She meets a very little girl - Gracie - at the hospital who complained to her that she is terrorized by a tokoloshe in her ward and Busisiwe helped by sneaking her out of the hospital and took her to her flat where there were later followed up by MrRottenham, who hit Busisiwe with a crowbar. The young lady retaliated by stabbing him several times before fleeing with Gracie, but Rottenham got back to his feet, got out of the flat and tried to chase after them but was fatally knocked down by a taxi. Busisiwe receives a call from back home in KwaZulu Natal, informing her that her sister Lindi committed passed on. She went home with Gracie to attend to Lindi's funeral but clashes with her mom before having even more misery getting her way. At first, she experienced some mysterious hallucinations before being pursued by a tokoloshe and/ or monster, which she set alight when it invaded her and Gracie in her mom's hut - burning down her mother's hut in the process.

Complex and mature themes presented in the context of a horror film. Themes explored are African mythology, tokoloshe folk-lore, child hood trauma, shadows appearing and disappearing, cleaner, children hospital, nightmares, abuse by employer, scary drawings on the wall, children being attacked by a tokoloshe, police investigation, tokoloshe forces the kid to play with him even if they don't want to play any more, night terrors, sexual harassment in the workplace, child abuse and neglect, family, monsters, ghosts, conflict, rivalry, vengeance, courage, greed, good versus evil, reunion a sister's love, maternal instinct to protect the vulnerable. The themes are laced with dark emotional undertones as well as a sustained sense of threat and menace. The themes may therefore not be suitable for children under 16 years old as they find them confusing, disturbing, distressing or upsetting. Themes such as child abuse and sexual harassment would be cognitively and psychologically disturbing to children under 16. There is a positive message as well when a cleaner saves a child from a tokoloshe.