Omar Ali Khan has come out with the first Lollywood Horror Film tribute…and just as I was wistfully hoping that we had some sort of a dark horse Tarantino Desi out there planning out a tribute all the wonderful gore of Lollywood/Bollywood brownsploitation horror…before it disapears into either low budget obscurity or high budget effects that diminish the sleazy queasy quality of the monsters…Omar emerges, riding out of the sunset on the back of this zombie fest….I am dying to see this! It’s called “Zibahkhana,” which means slaughterhouse in Urdu, but the English title is Hell’s Ground. And, like Tarantino’s “Grindhouse”, it’s a film whose title says in word what the film is about; a full on mise en scene of as many classic cult elements of retro Pakistani horror that can fit into a script. The film premiered in the Nat Film Festival in Denmark 2007, has played the “After Dark” Philadelphia Film Festival 2007 and the New York Asian Film Festival 2007. Now Omar and his crew are off to more festivals which you can check out at the official website here:
image from philly
there’s a mysterious killer hidden inside a bloody burqa racing through the forest who wants to introduce his cast-iron mace into everyone’s face. As Pakistani garage rock warps the soundtrack and buckets of blood fly from the screen everyone learns 2007’s most important lesson in geopolitics: teenagers in horror movies are dumb in every country and in every culture… Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets the Taliban, this flick, shot on Hi-Def, is about a gaggle of teens who head out to a rock concert and take a detour that leads them into the middle of hell. Stuffed with old school Pakistani actors (such as Rehan from the 1967 musical version of Dracula, Zinda Lash) and soaked in gore that was mostly scored from local butcher shops (“He wanted to use a real severed head for one scene,” says the movie’s producer of Khan. “We told him: no.”)
quote and image from review on New York Asian Film Festival 2007 Website
Here’s the trailer for “Zibahkhana”…Slaughterhouse…
Omar also runs“The Hotspot”, an icecream parlor and café run by him, his brother Ali and sister-in-law Mariam. It has a cyber-land counterpart called theHotspotOnline which is full of juicy Bollywood/Lollywood reviews and posters, also managed by Omar and his crew.
The idea for ice cream came from Omar’s passion as a kid for watching horror films and eating ice cream all night…After the success of their venture of selling ice cream out of their house and testing the reaction of the market, they have recently taken over the train ka dubba that was once the Orient express restaurant, and have transformed it into a cafe, the like of which Islamabad has never seen before. Together with the rather retro decor reminiscent of films like Grease, and the unparalleled quality of the ice cream they offer, The Hot Spot appeals to the taste of the old and young alike…The idea for a cafe came about simply because Islamabad had no similar eating place. The world of ice cream parlours had been ventured into before, but the quality of ice cream offered was of the commercial, mass-produced variety. Omar says that “we used to talk about how nice it would be if a place like this existed. Islamabad didn’t have a cafe in the proper sense of the word, because the ice cream shops all had a very generic kind of atmosphere.” Quote by Hajrah Mumtaz from theHotspotOnline.com
Its good to know that our Indo-Pakistani Horror heritage has its own little growing cyber archive and some die hard monster fanatics to write, direct, and make “I scream” while serving icecream…