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Dracula in Pakistan (1967)

Zinda Laash (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 7 July 1967 (Pakistan)
A rendition of the Dracula tale with many similarities to the British 1950s Dracula.

Director:

Khwaja Sarfraz (as Kh. Sarfraz)

Writers:

Bram Stoker (adapted from the novel by), Naseem Rizwani (dialogues)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yasmeen Shaukat Yasmeen Shaukat ... Shirin (as Yasmeen)
Deeba Begum Deeba Begum ... Shabnam (as Deeba)
Habibur Rehman Habibur Rehman ... Aqil's Brother (as Habib)
Asad Bukhari Asad Bukhari ... Dr. Aqil Harker (as Asad)
Allauddin Allauddin ... Parvez (as Ala-Ud-Din)
Nasreen Nasreen ... Vampire Bride
Sheela ... Ghazala
Cham Cham Cham Cham ... Nightclub Dancer
Baby Najmi Baby Najmi ... Baby
Rehan Rehan ... Professor Tabani / Dracula
Nazar Nazar ... Bandmaster
Agha Talish Agha Talish ... Doctor (as Talish)
Rangeela Rangeela ... Guy at Nightclub
Munawar Zarif Munawar Zarif ... Guy at Nightclub (as Munwar Zarif)
Latif Charlie Latif Charlie
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A rendition of the Dracula tale with many similarities to the British 1950s Dracula.

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Dracula in Pakistan!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Pakistan

Language:

Urdu

Release Date:

7 July 1967 (Pakistan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula in Pakistan See more »

Filming Locations:

Lahore, Pakistan

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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Trivia

Was almost banned from its original release because of the censors felt that the movie was too vulgar. See more »

Goofs

During the climax, the fist fight seemed to have taken place during night-time but when a widow opens, there is bright daylight outside. See more »

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"adopted from the novel by Bram Stoker" See more »

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Version of Blacula (1972) See more »

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Allá en el Rancho Grande
Written by Lorenzo Barcelata
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Singing, dancing, oh and vampires too!
25 September 2004 | by reptilicusSee all my reviews

Historically this was Pakistan's first venture into the terror film genre and we came mighty close to losing this film before it was discovered (in some "rusty old cans", according to the brave film buff who found it) in a vault.

The plot borrows heavily from Hammer's HORROR OF Dracula, in fact there are times when the music even has a noticeable similarity to James Bernard's score. There are some classical themes thrown in as well, notice "The Barber of Seville" playing during the car chase scene) and some other cues which are . . .well . . . eccentric to say the least. Early in the film when someone is driving to the vampires mansion you can recognise strains of "La Cucaracha" on the soundtrack. The lighting and the sets reminded me more of the vampire films coming out of Mexico in the late 50's. The vampire's vast home might have suited Count Frankenhausen or Count Lavud quite well. This time though the vampire is created via scientific means. A doctor who believes he has discovered the elixir of eternal life takes one swallow and turns into a vampire! Well, that is eternal life of a sort, right?

Oh and there are songs in the film too, in fact it was beginning to remind me of the Mexican film CRY OF THE BEWITCHED (1965) with the plot stopping . . .er . . ."dead" in its tracks so characters could sing. This is not to say the characterisations were not believable, they certainly are. The hero, our Van Helsing character, has a very hard time convincing anyone there is a vampire stalking victims until our bloodsucking villain strikes very close to home, claiming the sister of a man who refused to believe vampires were real.

Okay, now remember this film was done in Pakistan in the mid-60's so don't expect gore or nudity or anything like that; although there is a great man vs. vampire fight scene near the end. By all means do not miss an opportunity to see this film.


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