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Seen on: 07/17/2020

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Ananse: Part 1 (2011)

Directed by Rockson Emmanuel

Crime | Supernatural

Most recently watched by sleestakk

Overview

Ghana’s bootleg response to Spider-Man combining the African myth of Ananse with the Marvel Comics’ character.

Length 67 minutes

Actors

Rose Mensah

Viewing Notes

This was the second flick in the superhero themed Tomorrow Romance TV double feature via Kast. This is probably the worst of all the films I’ve seen in a Kast watch party and no surprise that Jason hadn’t seen the movie prior to this viewing otherwise I’m sure he wouldn’t have programmed it.

I believe the trailer for this is what sold him on it. But the trailer really has all the best moments of the movie. This is mostly a slog until “Spider-Man” appears towards the end. But it’s just not enough to save this weird blend of Ghana folklore spider mythology and the western superhero.

The premise ain’t bad: a woman is murdered by a gang. A local chieftain uses some ritual to bring forth the spiderman in one of the villagers. However, the murdered woman’s spirit also is on a bloody path of revenge until it merges with the spiderman. Yeah, it’s bonkers but the execution of this is rather awful. And not awful in a good way. This was a rough watch even with live chat in the watch party.

I’m not sure why this film is split into a part 1 and part 2 on TMDb but the cut we viewed was around 90 minutes or so. If the two parts are combined it would run over 2 hours. I can’t even imagine viewing another 30 minutes of this. I suspect Jason won’t be programming any more sight unseen films going forward.

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