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HELL'S GROUND (2007)

Written by Greigh Johanson

Hell's Ground is Pakistan's first splatterfilm - if one can judge it so? I would probably prefer to call it a slasher parody. They flirt uncontrollably with Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and steal frequently from George A. Romero's zombie classic and threading these genres together with Eli Roth's new era of horror. This is so poorly done just like any Bollywood movie at any time, without any reference to experience in the technical foregrounds.




Five young people are on their way to a rock concert but get lost in the countryside. Surrounded by woodlands they soon find that they aren't alone - among the trees they find crawling and man-eating zombies, but the nightmare has just begun. When a terrifying figure in a blood drenched burqa pops up with a mace in his hands, the young people finally realizing that not even prayers can save them!

This might seem like a whole new thing in Pakistan. Okey, fun for them to finally get some splatter films and I'm united that all continents of the world shall have fun with splatter films. But to my great disappointment, I can start out with the negative values of the film. My main excuse is that they have chosen to use English language as a base. It takes away some of the oriental nationality in the entire film, and it made me really disappointed. It would have been so cool to see this movie in a crowded Pakistan mode and hear them speak Urdu language all the time.

The performance by the young protagonists are neither nothing to discuss, but one thing director Omar Khan has done well is that he used a true atmosphere of discomfort. He's also responsible for all the level of violence and gore in the film, so Gorehounds will not have much to complain about here. Since it also seems that the director has kept the focus on its own energy, he has also made a wise decision to keep the duration reasonably short - thanks for that!

On the whole I think Hell's Ground is a bad movie, and it's certainly not original. We do recognize everything from earlier traditional classics, but what makes the film unique is that it flirts with all kind of timeless film directors and do something own and horizontally by it. This is a very inexpensive movie and you can't count on good lighting and sound technology, nor any good editing or some lovely special effects. But the thing that captures the entire film is the environment, the music selection and the violent character that has replaced Leatherface with Moula Jatt!

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.



Directed by: Omar Khan
Written by: Omar Khan, Pete Tombs
Produced by: Andrew Starke, Omar Khan, Pete Tombs
Cinematography by: Najaf Bilgrami
Editing by: Andrew Starke
Special Effects by: ?
Music by: Stephen Thrower
Cast: Kunwar Ali Roshan, Rooshanie Ejaz, Rubya Chaudhry, Haider Raza, Osman Khalid, Rehan, Najma Malik, Sultan Billa, Saleem Mairaj, Razia Malik
Year: 2007
Country: Pakistan/UK
Language: Urdu/English 
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 17min

Distributor: Bubonic Films/ Mondo Macabro



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