Zombie Movie Review: Hell’s Ground

AKA Zibahkhana

Vector Image for zombie movie Hells Ground

Vector Image for zombie movie Hells Ground

Pakistan isn’t particularly renown for its zombie movies. It’s not particularly renown for its horror movies in general to be honest, but not having any real experience in a genre has never really stopped other countries from knocking out a zombie movie or two. So what do you do if you want to make a horror movie but have no inspiration in your local culture? Well you blatantly rip off a highly successful American slasher movie, chuck in some zombies and add a few local cultural references for good measure.

Now I don’t really like to be they type of reviewer who uses phrases such as “it’s like {insert film title} mixed with {insert another film title} times by 10!” because that’s just lazy writing, but when a film is so obviously based on a cult classic it’s very hard to treat it on it’s own merits.

So what happens here. Well, On the afternoon of August 18th, 1973, five young people in a Volkswagen van ran out of gas on a farm road in South Texas. Four of them were never seen again. The next morning the one survivor, Sally Hardesty-Enright, was picked up on a roadside. Blood-caked and screaming murder… No wait a minute, that’s another film entirely, sorry about that.

Anyway what really happens? Well a group of kids in a van in Pakistan run out of petrol on a forest road after having picked up – and then escaped from – a crazy hitchhiker. Near to where they end up is a mysterious house where a mad man in a mask is cutting up people with a crazy weapon, who then chases them down to kill them off.

Actually there is more to it than that. Well, there are zombies in this for a start. These revenants have been turned into the walking dead by the terrible drinking water conditions in Pakistan (ooh, a bit of social commentary there!) and they’re roaming the countryside chomping on anyone they come across. So we’ve got a crazy masked (well, full Burqa wearing) killer with a mace AND zombies patrolling the forest, that’s a pretty intense set of circumstances. Particularly when there’s as much gore flying around as there is in this movie!

As for the film itself; it’s actually put together quite well. It’s good to see some of the Pakistan outside of the standard news broadcasts and great to get a different countries take on the zombie genre (even if it is slightly unoriginal). The movie does switch between English and Urdu – often mid conversation – but that’s less confusing than it sounds and in fact adds to the atmosphere of the film.

So there we have it. A gory and totally unexpected zombie movie from Pakistan of all places, and I have even managed to complete the whole review without mentioning the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is quite an achievement.

Gore Score B
Norks Score F
Originality Score D
Overall Score C+

2 responses to “Zombie Movie Review: Hell’s Ground

  1. I was starting to think, I was the only living person who had seen this movie. I saw it a couple of years ago, all things considered I thought they did a great job, I found it surprisingly enjoyable.

    • Yes, it doesn’t seem to have much coverage out there sadly. I’m not sure how much it was ‘homage’ to Texas Chainsaw, or how much it was just direct rip-off. Still it was all good fun.
      I’m glad some other people have seen it.

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