Zibahkhana – Pakistans First Gore Film

The Pakistani movie scene is slowly gaining momentum! This production is turning out to get quite a few accolades. It kind of reminds me of the Blairwitch Project and i hope these guys make it that big.

Note: The following trailer is not for the weak hearted and contains a lot of blood and gore!. Please watch at your own risk.

The film launched at LUMS on the 14th of May, and now has a whole host of lauches planned at various film festivals across the country. In Karachi it will be shown on the 12,13 and 14th of June.

From their MySpace website:

ZIBAHKHANA/HELL’S GROUND is the first modern horror film to be shot in Pakistan. It breaks all of the rules of local productions and was made entirely independently with no film industry or government assistance.

In the spirit of the old EC comics, the film tells the story of five teens who get lost on their way to a rock concert, are menaced by flesh eating mutations and then fall into the clutches of a family of back woods killers. The film includes copious amounts of gore alongside a splattering of social commentary and several slices of dark humour. It’s best seen as a tribute to the cinema of Lucio Fulci and George Romero, but viewed from a distinctly Pakistani perspective.

The film is directed and co-written by former film critic Omar Ali Khan. Its cast combines some of the country’s most exciting new talent alongside Pakistani film veterans such as Rehan and Najma Malik. The gruesome make up effects were done by Nawab Sagar, another industry veteran who has worked on numerous mainstream productions. The film was shot by London trained cinematographer Najaf Bilgrami and was edited by the UK’s Andy Starke.

Official website: www.zibahkhana.com
MySpace Page: http://myspace.com/hellsgroundmovie

Story Credit: Raza M

63 Comments so far

  1. Balma (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 3:34 am

    Red_Munk!! Somethings should not be made fun of


    I beg to differ. This exact attitude is responsible for stupid and childish behavior of people buring post offices and banks (amazingly, in their own countries) when ever someone says anything about anything overseas.

    No humor in religion is a very modern concept in Islamic history, just like the use of Allah Hafiz in Pakistan. AS Muslims are getting beaten up all over the world for lack of education and lack of creativity and due to huge populations of illiterates, they are becoming more and more closed minded.

  2. phibes (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 8:14 am

    A review in today’s (8th June) FRIDAY TIMES….in fact the first locally written review.

    and guess what…i didnt write it!

  3. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

    Phibes, seriously now.

    You cant be so ‘horrific’ as to torment till the last moment & announce the venue on the 11th.

    Spill the beans already.

    Where will it be shown, the times & what you guys are planning to charge.

    (If its @ Hot Spot can i pay in Milk Shakes!? :P).

    I subscribe to TFT. Will surely catch the review…..not written by you. OfCourse! :P

    @ Balma: That your op. The loonies go Polka KraziE cause they are uneducated, pathetic freaks.

    God’s given us brains that are capable of doing things a million way. Even humour.

    Why annoy someone or create controversy when you can probably come up with something diff & maybe even better?.

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 9:11 pm

    yea phibes! give away the location already!!!!!!

  5. Manish (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 1:17 am

    ……I think the Budget and the screenin location disclosure have a race on…k kon baad main logon ko pata challe…..

  6. phibes (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 9:52 am

    actually people, these are just TEST screenings for potential buyers, the media, friends, ppl who worked on the movie and their guests and family essentially. The movie will not be available to the general public until a distribution deal is struck. until then, only festival screenings and the one offs in islamabad and karachi. however there are a few seats available at Karachi Hot Spot strictly for COUPLES only. sorry guys, i hate to discriminate but in this land of the pure…..MEN need to wear burqas first!

  7. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    :'(. Ure kidding right?

    Please elaborate on the # of “few seats available @ Khi Hot Spot”.

    ….And will you be showing it at Kara (:'(. Ure kidding right?

    Please elaborate on the # of “few seats available @ Khi Hot Spot”.

    ….And will you be showing it at Kara (

  8. phibes (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 11:00 am

    sadly not kidding…at the moment the movie is without a distribution deal and that is the foremost objective of these screenings. Hopefully once a deal is inked, the film will become available to the public soon after that, either as a theatrical release (unlikely, though i would favour that myself on a single print doing the country like a Music tour) or then on cable which will be less satisfying also open to the pirates.
    there are seats left for the 13th and 14th at Karachi Hot Spot……..BUT they are selling out fast. Islamabad is SOLD OUT
    as for KARA – I am not in a position to say though they have certainly expressed an interest…however once they watch the movie, they might change their minds….ZK doesnt quite fit the typical Kara bill if you know what i man!

  9. phibes (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 11:07 am

    much as though I support Kara without any reservations at all, the type of movies they tend to go for (Iranian pseudo-intellectual realism and Mahesh Bhatt’s “deep, meaningful cinema” and deadly serious documentaries on Sufi Mysticsm and degredation of the Thar Desert)…this kind of stuff just aint my cup of tea. each to his/her own….me, i will stick to watching my shocksploitation, horror, cult and trash thanks very much!

  10. phibes (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

    Pakistani Midget Zombies invade the Big Apple!


  11. p (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    win free tickets for karachi screenings from CITY FM 89

    Below is the giveaway schedule for the Zibahkhana screening.

    8th Fri- Pre-party – 2 pairs for the 13th

    9th Sat- City Lounge – 2 pairs for the 13th

    9th Sat- Dial 89 – 1 pair for the 13th

    11th Mon- Rush Hour – 1 pair for the 14th

    12th Tue- Lunch @89 – 2 pairs for the 14th

    13th Wed – Rush Hour – 2 pairs for the 14th

  12. Balma (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    I checked the dictionary. They have PanjGoshah for pentagon. Panj as in Panjab, i.e. 5, and goshah as in goshah-nasheeni or goshah-e-aafiyat.
    (Another meaning for goshah in some forms of Urdu is same as Purdah, or seclusion).

    Oh, the Urdu dictionary I checked had shish-Pehloo for Hexagon, in case someone needs that for a movie title:-)

    I guess, since no one studies geometry in Urdu these days, and since these days people speak English in Urdu, therefore the use of Pentagon as a name for an Urdu meaning will be quite appropriate.

    Also, there may be more common words for Pentagon and hexagon in Urdu, but I don’t have English to Urdu dictionary and therefore couldn’t find it easily. I have Urdu to Urdu, and Urdu to English dictionaries, and had to use guess work…such as checking under panj for pentagon and shish for hexagon.

  13. phibes (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 6:59 am

    thanks, this is all very helpful.

    Meanwhile, clearly ZIBAHKHANA has struck a chord because now people who were part-time members of the crew appear to be forwarding themselves “through insider knowledge” about who the REAL DIRECTOR of the movie was!!

    would these claims be made had the film been dismissed as crap?

    all too predictable and rather flattering really

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