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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...

Shanee (1989)

Shanee (1989) Cast: Babra Sharif, Mohd Ali, Sherry Malik, Asif Khan, Nayyar Sultana, Talish Director: Saeed Rizvi Nutshell: Lollywood attempts to deftly fuse Sci fi and Islam for the first time with interesting results!     Shanee arrived amidst an enormous wave of hype way back in 1989 – touted as the first true sci-fi film from the Indian sub-continent with special effects to riv...

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...

Khamosh Nigahen (1971)

Khamosh Nigahen (1971) Cast: Waheed Murad, Rozina, Husna, Munawar Zareef, Tamanna Director: Jamil Akhtar Music: M.Ashraf Synopsis: typical 70’s melodrama with equal doses of romance, comedy and intrigue     Back in 1971 Waheed Murad was ruling the roost in Lollywood with a young Nadeem beginning to establish himself as a young pretender and Mohammad Ali’s girth and receding h...

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 ...

Daman Aur Chingari (1973)

Daman aur Chingari (1973) Cast: Mohammad Ali, Zeba, Nadeem, Aalia, Aslam Parvez, Nayyar Sultana Director: Shabab Kairanvi Nutshell: Masala laden melodramatic “family drama” manages to hit the spot     Shabab Kairanvi, the director of this hit melodrama, was one of the powerhouse film makers of the 70’s with an enviable string of successes throughout the decade. Here he ...

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...

Nawe Nasal (1997) (The New Breed)

Nawe Nasal (1997)  (The New Breed) Cast: Saba Shaheen, Badar Munir, ,Asif Khan, Babra Raj, Babar, Shehzadi, Kamran, Rukhsar, Zubaida, Nemat Sarhadi Director: Qaisar Sanober Nutshell:  The Nawe Nasal (New Generation) threatens to crush all that is sacred with their debauched, heathen ways.  Who will survive and what will be left of them?     Perhaps the best way to describe Nawe Nasal wou...

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 ...

Daku Rani (1998)

Daku Rani (1998) Starring: Saima, Shaan, Moammar Rana Director: Syed Noor Synopsis: Lollywood reworking of Bandit Queen theme turns into twisted form of feminism     This revenge hotchpotch is a regurgitation of the Phoolan Devi Bandit Queen theme given local treatment and adaptation. There’s nothing new on display here though the film is a bizarre sort of closeted almost schizophr...

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...

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