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Pakistani horror: A rare kind of scare

Are you a fan of movies about growling zombies or bloodthirsty demons? If yes, then the coming week is a treat for you. Khoj, an experimental art space in the Capital, is organising a day long movie marathon, which will feature four Pakistani horror films.

movie reviews Updated: Jul 01, 2012 00:36 IST
Tanya Mathur

Are you a fan of movies about growling zombies or bloodthirsty demons? If yes, then the coming week is a treat for you. Khoj, an experimental art space in the Capital, is organising a day long movie marathon, which will feature four Pakistani horror films.



“The horror film screenings are a part of our Khoj (Re) Building Project Series,” says Charu Maithani, programme officer, new media engagement, Khoj. These films will be screened at Khoj’s under construction building site with its broken down dark corners and unexpected structures, going well with the theme of the films.



“The screening of the films at the under-construction site would just add to the experience,” says Maithani, adding, “This screening is being held to understand the ultra kitschy and gory B-grade Pakistani horror films, which are similar to the Ramsay Brothers’ flicks in regards to poor special effects and treatment,” adds Maithani.



The four movies to be showcased at this screening are from a private collection and are only available in Pakistan. The films are — Mondo Mocabro (2002), Zinda Laash (1967), Zibahkhana (2007), and Aurat Raj (1979). Based in Pakistan, these films are a satirical comment on social and moral fears, as well as notions.



“Most of the films comment on the times they were made in. For example, Aurat Raaj reverses gender roles, showing a world where women are molesting men, and men are swaying their hips to dance numbers,” says Maithani.



Catch it here


What: Pakistani horror film screening


When: July 6


Where: Khoj Studios,


S-17, Khirki Extension


Entry: Free


Nearest Metro Station: Saket on the Yellow Line