There is nobody better at bringing the fun of horror and puppets together than Charles Band and Full Moon Horror. With greats like the Puppet Master and Demonic Toys series he they have cornered the market for this genre. Band’s latest isn’t so much of a puppet, but still could easily live in that same universe with Ooga Booga, but does it deliver the same fun as the films of this genre or will it be the one that should have been left in the jungle?
Ooga Booga follows an innocent African American boy who is brutally murdered by dirty cops, but his soul is magically transferred into an action figure named Ooga Booga. With on his tribal spear and old girlfriend to help he takes to the streets and trailer parks to find the men that ended his once bright future. There is no doubt Band is great at what he does. He somehow takes these silly little characters and turns them into something that should never work. Of course these films are ridiculous, but they still work great. While Ooga Booga doesn’t deliver as much of the gore or horror as some of the previous films of its kind it still delivers the fun and cheese nature fans have come to love. The obvious real star is Ooga Booga himself and is made that much greater watching him deliver his tribal yell and glowing red eyes before making his kill that is so brilliantly ridiculous that it works on every level. The film also sports a couple of greats in Stacey Keach and Karen Black who chew up the screen and look like they are having a great time.
There is no doubt that the Full Moon films have a pretty specific audience and those are the same people that will love this movie. Those outsiders that somehow do not grasp the fun that these films deliver will not only get it, but most likely stay away anyway. Let’s hope this is not the last time we get to see Ooga Booga, but maybe we can get some fun team ups alongside Gingerdead Man or Puppet Master.
Ooga Booga will unleash its tribal fury via streaming on March 12th exclusively at http://GRINDHOUSEFLIX.COM/
After it’s initial run through March 26th, the film will be made available at Red Box as well as at www.fullmoondirect.com