Zibahkhana (Hell's Ground) (2007)
Critic Reviews for Zibahkhana (Hell's Ground)
...a pastiche of classics of the genre and flat out homage to the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" that observes all the conventions with a twinkle in its eye.
Smart, funny rip-off of Texas Chainsaw Massacre that does not take itself too seriously and that is loads of fun.
Overall, a measured mix of clichéd horror bits and wit to joke about them keeps Hell's Ground even for a horror audience.
So while you're being assaulted with ideas, characters and monsters that are clearly 'borrowed' from other sources, well, it's just quite the novelty to witness Pakistan's first gore movie.
Audience Reviews for Zibahkhana (Hell's Ground)
Convoluted is one way to put it. It's starts with zombies and ends with a Texas Chain Saw Massacre type slasher... what? But I still really liked the film. It's shot and constructed like a film from the 70s and you can clearly see the TCSM and Evil Dead influences, but I mean who doesn't copy now-adays. What saved this film from dreck was that it harkened back to a magical time for horror, was much more exotic local than most horrors, and the soundtrack fucking kicked ass. Un-original...fuck it. Keep kicking it out Khan.
The first film from Pakistan plays out like a homage to few classic horror films.Is a slasher film with few zombies in it & a family of maniacs that lives in the woods.For the budget that the film was working with,it was a good attempt from this first time director.So we have teenagers with tickets to a concert that takes a wrong turn & find themselves lost & then a crazy hitchhiker gets in their van.What comes to mind is Texas chainsaw massacre.I really was looking forward to a zombie mayhem & originality with the death scenes,besides nothing original about the plot.The film manages to deliver few gory scenes,creepy atmosphere at times & it has the grainy look of a film from the 70's or early 80's which works fine for the film.This director have potential to come up with something better than this film,with a better script & to be more original.
Finally got to see my most anticipated film, and boy was I not disappointed. Tombs and Khan create a fun film that harkens back to American horror of yore, and yet portrays Pakistan perfectly. The atmosphere in this one is what makes it a film I will be returning to again and again. I don't know why I find trash and exploitation movies from overseas more educational in cultural climates and environment than art films (perhaps because they are more entertaining), but it really was great seeing an exploitation film set in Pakistan. The story is convoluted and at times doesn't make sense, but that adds to the bizarreness of this one. Highly recommended, though I might be a little biased because of my love for Mondo Macabro... but probably not since films like this are the reason I love them.
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