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Hell's Ground (2007)

Zibahkhana (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 10 April 2007 (USA)
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
Saleem Mairaj ...
Balay
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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A picture of DAWOOD IBRAHIM - a man high on the world's most WANTED list appears in the newspaper read by OJ. See more »

Goofs

(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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OJ: What mad dog's bitten you, hunh?
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Strix Nebulosa
Performed by Cyclobe
Written and produced by Stephen Thrower & Simon Norris
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©Cyclobe 2001
Used by arrangement with Stephen Thrower & Simon Norris
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The first ever Pakinasti (that's an anagram of Pakistani—clever, huh?).
4 December 2010 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Hell's Ground, promoted as Pakistan's first gore film, is a co-production from cult UK DVD label Mondo Macabro, who specialise in finding and releasing cinematic oddities from around the world, and Pakistan's Bubonic Films. Knowing that it was designed specifically to appeal to fans of obscure movies does detract from its appeal slightly—after all, cult films should be found, not made to order—but even if this had not been the case, I still doubt that Hell's Ground would have earned itself a permanent place on my shelf of splatter favourites.

The story, by the film's director Omar Khan, is a somewhat muddled affair, encompassing ecological issues, zombie horror, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre inspired backwoods terror; the pacing of the film is poor, the action taking an age to get going and ending up as a repetitive succession of chase scenes through a jungle; the characters are simply Asian versions of those seen in an average American slasher—the attractive good girl, the sexy rich bitch, the nice guy, the stoner and the film geek; and as for the blood and guts... well, there is some but it's not all that impressive.

Whilst I dig the fact that different nationalities and diverse cultures can be united by a common love for horror, I would love for the next gore film to come out of Pakistan to be a little less influenced by the west, and to live up to its promise of outrageous excessive splatter.

5.5 out of 10, generously rounded up to 6 for IMDb.


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