Saturday, April 28, 2007

Mondo Pakistani

Most shot-on-video zombie flicks are real pieces of shit, so it's refreshing when a non-corn laced turdlet drops from the rotted anus of undead-filmdom. This potential piece of creamy goodness is former film critic, and cult film encyclopedia, Omar Khan's Hell's Ground (Zibahkhana), Pakistan's "first gore film". Their myspace page sums it up as so:

ZIBAHKHANA/HELL'S GROUND is the first modern horror film to be shot in Pakistan. It breaks all of the rules of local productions and was made entirely independently with no film industry or government assistance.

In the spirit of the old EC comics, the film tells the story of five teens who get lost on their way to a rock concert, are menaced by flesh eating mutations and then fall into the clutches of a family of back woods killers. The film includes copious amounts of gore alongside a splattering of social commentary and several slices of dark humour. It's best seen as a tribute to the cinema of Lucio Fulci and George Romero, but viewed from a distinctly Pakistani perspective.

The film is directed and co-written by former film critic Omar Ali Khan. Its cast combines some of the country's most exciting new talent alongside Pakistani film veterans such as Rehan and Najma Malik. The gruesome make up effects were done by Nawab Sagar, another industry veteran who has worked on numerous mainstream productions. The film was shot by London trained cinematographer Najaf Bilgrami and was edited by the UK's Andy Starke.

Early word is that Khan and his team nailed a Mystics in Bali meets Fulci feel for the flick, so we can hope for the goods. Meanwhile, you can visit them here:

And check out the trailer:

1 comment:

Joseph Luster said...

Oh damn, I was wondering how this turned out since I saw their myspace page however long ago. I'm sure it's no "Allo Zombie," but it could be hot.