Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Kunwar Ali Roshan
Osman Khalid Butt
What's it about
Its easy stuff: five teenagers want to go to a Rock Concert. Unfortunately for them, protesters literally block their path. The protesters are warning against contaminated drinking water, which naturally turns people into zombies. As if this wasn't bad enough, after they detour, they also find a man who has been killing everything in his path with a seriously badass mace.
Is it good movie?
So, Pakistan's first horror film is here, and although it doesn't set a new standard for horror, it's a good watch. I've been reading all about how this one is groundbreaking because of the seriously imposing restrictions placed on Pakistani people which have prevented things like this from seeing the light of day. With that being said, I'm not here to applaud the ability to overcome social barriers, I'm here to review movies, and that I shall do.
You'll likely groan several times through this movie, and that was what the director was going for. Most Pakistani pictures are apparently more focused and safe, and this one sets to go against that grain and really go for the red gold. The acting isn't very good, but it works in a pinch and the plot moves along briskly enough.
The characters are well written enough, although it didn't bother me when they got offed. And there are plenty of good deaths to be found in this film too. If you don't know much about Pakistan, you might not learn a lot, but that's good because it's nice to not have your hand held all the time. As I mentioned, although this one is a bit by the numbers, Hell's Ground is really a Pakistani film that happens to be a horror film. I like the different culture and seeing the way different characters think and act. There's even some decent dialogue here.
The movie isn't very scary though and I'm not really sure if that's the idea or not, but sometimes the zombies are just terrible. Perhaps I should say 'the infected', but you'll check that out for yourself.
Video / Audio
Video here comes in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and doesn't look very good. The colors are washed out and the film stock isn't very impressive to begin with.
audio comes in 5.1 but also is mixed pretty poorly. Please listen to this in its original language, anything is rough business.
The biggest meat is director Khan's
scene commentary, where the man just gushes lots of information. It's pretty overwhelming but you gain a lot of really insightful..um..insight, and I really liked it.
Next is a great titled feature called
Ice Cream Zombieland Documentary, which runs only a bit over 10 minutes. It really glosses over a screening, and relays more of the same information described in the scene commentary.
More from the screening, the
Lums Movie Premiere footage runs about 7 minutes and has a few brief interviews with cast and crew.
music video and
trailers round out the disc.
Hell's Ground is made better when you understand a bit more about the circumstances in which it was made. As I said though, on its own it is an above average albeit clichéd film which I enjoyed watching through once.