Funsho Arogundade

A gripping modern horror movie, The Duplex, featuring top acts including Mike Ezuruonye and Omoni Oboli, is set to hit the cinemas across the country.

The movie, produced by Emmanuel Isikaku and directed by Ikechukwu Onyeka, is a piteous, tense experience by a young couple in their journey to start life.

The movie puts loverboy actor, Mike Ezuruonye (Emeka) on the edge of life, as he battles, not only to save his wife, the beautiful Omoni Oboli (Adaku) and their unborn baby, but also his investment of N120 million, inadvertently, in a cemetery, glorified as a duplex – but too late, the resident ghost is already on the rampage.

Ezuruonye and Oboli display an infectious chemistry in their first appearance together and as a couple in a Nollywood movie ever. And the film that revolves around the lesson of greed, plays up the contrast between a contented wife and a more adventurous husband, with sub plots of  a woman’s financial possessiveness sometimes and the man’s notable ego and secretiveness in the family.

In The Duplex, Chukwuma Omezioke takes ill shortly before the Nigeria/Biafra war and dies. His wife and only son leave Lagos for their home town, trusting the property with the deceased’s best friend, Mr Baloguns. But they never to return to it because the caretaker has personalised the house documents. Omezioke’s ghost will not take the cheating lyng low; as it turns a serial killer, on the trail of buyers of his stolen home.

•Mike Ezuruonye and Omoni Oboli

•Mike Ezuruonye and Omoni Oboli

The cheap Lagos detach property, in a serene environment, kick-starts a turbulent journey toward the living relations of the real owner to prevent more torment, torture, spiritual attacks, madness and deaths.

Indeed, The Duplex teaches a lesson that “there’s more to a cheap property than fraudulent intent.”

Distributed by FilmOne, a sister company of Filmhouse Cinemas, The Duplex, will hit cinemas across Nigeria on 6 March.

Laced with some comic relief, viewers, according to Isikaku, are soon to see that “though a woman is amusingly freaked under a spiritual attack, a man’s reaction to the same situation is more laughable.”

Other cast of the movie include Uru Eke (Dora); Anthony Monjaro (Jones); Ayo Umoh (Akpan) and Maureen Okpoko, who played the bald-headed lady psychic.

A Videofield International Limited Production, the film with screenplay by Stanley Isokoh, is produced by Stella Isikaku and Emmanuel Isikaku.