Zibahkhana

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Zibahkhana: Hell's Ground
Zibahkhana 2007 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Omar Ali Khan
Produced by Pete Tombs
Written by Omar Ali Khan
Starring Ashfaq Bhatti
Sultan Billa
Osman Khalid Butt
Rubya Chaudhry
Rooshanie Ejaz
Najma Malik
Saleem Mairaj
Haider Raza
Rehan
Kunwar Ali Roshan
Music by Stephen Thrower
Cinematography Najaf Bilgrami
Edited by Andrew Starke
Distributed by Mondo Macabro
Release date
  • 30 March 2007 (2007-03-30)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Pakistan
Language Urdu
English

Zibahkhana (English: Slaughterhouse (literal meaning), Hell's Ground (English title)) is a 2007 Urdu-English slasher film directed by Omar Khan. It premiered at the NatFilm Festival in Denmark and has been screened at festivals including Toronto, New York City, London, Neuchatel, Stockholm, Cape Town, Austin, Philadelphia, Cambridge, Puerto Rico, Sitges, Valencia, Oslo and Helsinki. [1] The film passed censors in Pakistan (with nine seconds cut) and became the first non 35mm, HDV feature film released in Pakistan cinema history. It was shot in 30 days.[2]

Plot[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Haider Raza as Simon

Release[edit]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD by TLA Releasing on June 24, 2008. It was later released by Danger After Dark on August 4th that same year.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Zibahkhana received mostly positive reviews upon its release. Ain't It Cool News praised the film, calling it "one of the most badass flicks of the year". The reviewer also noted that although the film had its faults, mainly that it was stupid and predictable, "it's got something so incredibly captivating about it that it has its own place in the line of truly great indie horror flicks".[4] Dread Central awarded the film a score of 4/5, calling it "a genuinely weird and somber horror movie that transposes familiar narrative themes from the genre into a cultural aesthetic few in the West will have had any prior glimpse of."[5] Film Threat gave the film a positive review, commending its effective visuals, and strong nighttime atmosphere. The reviewer concluded by writing, "Overall, a measured mix of clichéd horror bits and wit to joke about them keeps Hell’s Ground even for a horror audience."[6]

Awards[edit]

  • Won "Jury's Award for Best Film of 2008" at the Riofan Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[citation needed]
  • Won "Jury's Special Award for Best Gore 2007" at the Fantastic Film Festival, Austin, Texas.[citation needed]
  • Won "Best Film" award at the Fantaspoa film festival 2009. Port Alegre, Brazil.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandhu, Sukhdev (11 August 2007). "Zibahkhana: Beware zombies wearing saris". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Zombies invade Pakistan". Variety. 
  3. ^ "Hell's Ground (2006) - Omar Khan". Allmovie.com. AllMovie. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "AICN Intern Muldoon checks out the Pakistani Zombie Horror Film, HELL'S GROUND, at Fantastic Fest!!!". Ain't It Cool News.com. headgeek. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  5. ^ McCanibal, Paul. "Hell's Ground (2007) - Dread Central". Dread Central.com. Paul McCanibal. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  6. ^ "HELL'S GROUND". Film Threat.com. Film Threat. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 

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