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Hell's Ground (2007)
"Zibahkhana" (original title)

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On their way to a concert, a group of teens are diverted by a political protest, only to encounter a family of flesh-hungry psychopaths.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kunwar Ali Roshan ...
Vicky
Rooshanie Ejaz ...
Ayesha
Rubya Chaudhry ...
Roxy
Haider Raza ...
Simon
Osman Khalid Butt ...
O.J.
Rehan ...
Deewana
Najma Malik ...
Old lady in forest
Sultan Billa ...
Baby
Salim Meraj ...
Balay (as Saleem Meraj)
Razia Malik ...
Ayah
Ashfaq Bhatti ...
Simon's Father
Abida Shaheen ...
Simon's Mother
Adnan Malik ...
Yuppy Victim
Shagufta Hamayun ...
Ayesha's Mother
Mai Billi ...
Billo
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After lying to their parents and running off to see a rock concert, five teenagers leave their suburb neighborhood of Islamabad and travel into the wild only to have their van break down and they get set upon by not only flesh eating zombies, but a ghoulish hitchhiker, and a blood-soaked, burqa-wearing killer. Written by Anonymous

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Pakistan's First Gore Film

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Zibahkhana has made Pakistani cinema history by becoming the first HDV Digital Title to be granted a censors certificate for general release in the country. Zibahkhana was granted a Certificate for GENERAL viewing on the 9th of October, 2007 See more »

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(at around 1h 10 mins) In the scene where Ash killed the maniac hitting him with a stone, she isn't wearing her Allah locket (which she kept wearing throughout). Then she finds the murder weapon and still she isn't wearing it, but when she returns to his dead body she's wearing her locket again. See more »

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Good gory fun, with a few chuckles, to boot!
1 November 2008 | by (Lahore, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

One thing was very clear to me even before I saw the film: this was an ultra-low-budget production, made by a non-professional. Therefore, I wasn't expecting much, and that's exactly what I got. I also knew that the director, Omar Khan, was an enthusiast of cult, horror, and trash cinema, as evidenced by his loving attention to obscure Indian and Pakistani films on his website. Zibahkhana works well enough insofar as an amateur homage/reworking of some of the most famous horror staples, albeit with some local color and at least one ingenious touch (a burqa-clad slasher? Sweet!). It would be fair enough to sum this up as a cross between Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Hostel, set in Pakistan, with a dash of zombies for good measure. I just wish the writers could've developed the screenplay a little beyond the gleeful regurgitation of clichés that we get, because this could've been so much better (a case in point is the zombie subplot which is abandoned soon after the gut- munchers appear…more's the pity, because these guys looked awesome).

Anyway, let's move on beyond the script. There are some technical flaws, but one can overlook those as it was obviously shot on the cheap, using digital cameras. Still, the interior of the van at night was way over-lit, which could've been remedied without much hassle. The look of the film is fine, enhanced by a ubiquitous wide-angle lens. The acting by the young cast of protagonists isn't anything to write home about, either, but then they didn't really have good material to work with. What Khan does get right is an atmosphere of creepiness, and what he excels in is the level of violence and gore in the film. Yes sir, he really lets loose with the red stuff. Gore hounds won't have much to complain about here. And since that seems to have been the focus of Khan's energies, it may have been a wise decision to keep the running time short (78min approx), because clearly, the 'exposition' scenes were not going to keep audience interest levels up. Another nice touch is the soundtrack which is littered with retro Lollywood music. A clip from Zinda Lash (The Living Corpse) makes an appearance and the actor who played the vampire in that film, Rehan, is also featured in a bit part, where he hams it up hilariously.

So if like me, you go into the film with low expectations, you're likely to enjoy it for what it is: a gory, lurid and fast-paced pastiche of better known horror films, made by fans and for fans (with the novelty value of being a Pakistani gore film…really, how many of those do you see around?). If, however, you want something more substantial than that, you might be let down. Me, I had a pretty good time. Here's hoping Khan's next project improves upon his debut.


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