Horror & Thrills

Roohani Taqat (1991)

Roohani Taqat (1991) Cast: Kiran Kumar, Meethi, Javed Khan, Sriprada Director: Mohan Bhakri Nutshell: Mohan Bhakri’s rather spectacular version of Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead     Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead has already provided fertile pilfering ground for Bhayanak Panja but seasoned pilferer Mohan Bhakri had been the first to borrow from the film in 1991 when he concocted his ...

Earth Dies Screaming, The (1964)

Earth Dies Screaming, The (1964) Cast: Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Vanda Godsell, Thorley Walters, David Spenser, and Anna Palk Director: Terence Fisher Nutshell:  The world teeters on the brink of annihilation…shuffling robots chillingly patrol the streets of England.     Terence Fisher belongs in the masterclass category of horror film directors with an impressive bod...

Raaz (2002)

Raaz (2002) Cast: Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Malini Sharma Director: Vikram Bhatt Music Director: Nadeem Shravan Synopsis: Effective reworking of the What Lies Beneath scenario – stylish and chilling     Inspired by What lies Beneath, this supernatural thriller is an engrossing and chilling affair which surpasses any expectations you may have had. Vikram Bhatt let the side down with...

Ilsa; Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1975)

Ilsa; Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1975) Starring: Dyanne Thorne, Tanya Boyd, Marilyn Joy Director: Don Edmunds Synopsis: Follow up to the notorious She Wolf is more of the same but not as strong or as much fun.     This time around, about thirty years on, one would have expected SS Kommandant Fraulien Ilsa to have aged by just a wrinkle or two, but fortunately for legions of her devo...

Chosen Survivors (1974)

Chosen Survivors (1974) Cast: Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Diana Muldaur Director: Sutton Roley Nutshell:  With the human race in peril during nuclear annihilation, a small group of survivors hunker down 1,750 feet below and as tensions rise it soon becomes evident that they are not alone.     Released back in 1974 this film is a sort of pseudo futuristic ...

Dolly Dearest (1991)

Dolly Dearest (1991) Cast: Sam Bottoms, Rip Torn, Denise Crosby, Candace Hutson, Chris Demetral Director: Maria Lease Nutshell:  Cheap and cheerful Chucky rip-off merges The Omen and The Exorcist with Child’s Play to achieve some hokey and fun results.     Dolly Dearest is essentially a Child’s Play knock off but quite an enjoyable and surprisingly nasty little entity directed by t...

Phone Booth (2003)

Phone Booth (2003) Cast: Colin Farrell, Radha Mitchell, Katie Holmes, Forrest Whitaker, Kiefer Sutherland Director: Joel Schumacher Synopsis: “If you hang up, I will kill you” – not exactly what Farrell wanted to hear!     Over the years Joel Schumacher has earned a reputation as being a conveyor-belt filmmaker whose career matter consists almost entirely of style over ...

Door Ki Awaz (1969)

Door Ki Awaz (1969) Cast:  Deeba, Habib, Adeeb, Ajmal, Saqi, Zahoor Shah, Raj Multani Director: Baqar Rizvi Nutshell:  Fear grips the Feudals of Kanganpur and the villagers believe a spate of  related deaths is the result of something very sinister.   Baqar Rizvi’s name stands out among Lollywood directors of years gone by who frequently dared to push the envelope and dabble with genres other...

Humanoids From The Deep (1980) AKA “Monster”

Humanoids From The Deep (1980) Cast: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel and Vic Morrow Director: Barbara Peeters Synopsis:  fishy scientific games produce Mutated Salmon Monsters with girls on their mind!  Delirious Horror Romp with ace monsters and tongue firmly embedded in cheek.  Near Classic.     These are difficult times for the sleepy fishing town of Noyo where work is increasingly scarce an...

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) Cast: R. Lee Ermey, Jordanna Brewster, Marietta Marich, Andrew Bryniarski Director: Jonathan Liebesman Synopsis: Surely one of the most brutal (not the best),  and splattery films ever created!     With the considerable success of the Chainsaw remake directed by Marcus Nispel in 2003 it was inevitable that the franchise would be further milke...

Trog (1970)

Trog (1970) Starring: Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay Director: Freddie Francis Synopsis: Frozen fossil caveman comes to life and causes havoc in modern community Reviewed by: Ali Khan     A group of three students exploring underground caves stumble upon an amazing discovery – a living specimen of the missing link – a part ape part human species that has somehow su...

Saturday Night (2005)

Saturday Night (2005) Cast: Moammar Rana, Megha, Aqsa, Haya, Diya, Abida Baig Director: Rashid Dogar Music Director: Ali Afzal Synopsis: A serial Killer is slicing up the “dirty” girls of Lahore on Saturday Nights!     Having been shocked into speechlessness having recently witnessed a giant masterwork of crap by the name of Black Devil Doll from Hell it was thought that an a...

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