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Vaastu Shastra (2004) 

Vaastu Shastra (2004) Cast: Sushmita Sen, Chakravathry, Piya Rai Chaudhary, Purab Kohli Director: Saurabh Narang Nutshell: Promising Ju-on inspired chiller runs out of steam and ends up floundering.     With Hollywood horror turning increasingly Eastwards for inspiration (and profits) in the form of Ringu, The Ju-on’s, Phone, The Eye, Dark Water, Pulse, A Tale of Two Sisters and so on, i...

Amavas Ki Raat (1990)

Amavas Ki Raat (1990) Cast: Kiran Kumar, Mayur, Manek Irani, Kunika, Huma Khan, Javed Khan Director: Mohan Bhakri Nutshell: Bhakri’s typical concoction blends Jack the Ripper, Zombies and Jason       Mohan Bhakri was a director who used to mix and match hit horror films from the west in order to come up with his “own” concoctions and clearly ideas were in short supply by 1990 when Amava...

Bandh Darwaza (1990)

Bandh Darwaza (1990) Cast: Aruna Irani, Vijayendra, Ajay Agarwal, Hashmat Khan, Kunika, Raza Murad Director: Tulsi and Shyam Ramsay Synopsis: Dracula, Black Magic, Teen age rivalries….the best of Bollywood horror     Ramsay’s Bandh Darwaza arrived at the fag end of the horror boom of the 80’s in 1990. Though the film managed to do decent business, the horror trend was b...

Guest House (1980)

Guest House (1980) Cast: Prem Kishen, Padmini Kapila, Vijayendra, Sujit Kumar, Komila Wirk Directors: Tulsi & Shyam Ramsay Music Director: Bappi Lahiri Nutshell: Filthy dead chopped limb rises-up-in-vengeance yarn from the Ramsays!   A run down guest house in the middle of nowhere attracts fewer and fewer clients and is thus threatened by closure. The lazy owner and his evil cohorts opt f...

Khopdi – The Skull (1999)

Khopdi – The Skull (1999) Cast: Vijay Solanki, Sapna, Sahiba, Priya Rao, Usha Singh, Rashmi Verma Director: Ramesh Lakhani Music: Ghulam Ali Nutshell: Rape Revenge tedium featuring cut price rubber masks – horrible.   Recently returned from India with a suitcase full of desi schlock horror feeling very pleased indeed. Most of the fodder looked dire at the very least but somehow me...

Dracula (1999)

Dracula (1999) Starring: Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Ashna, Mohan Joshi, Kiran Kumar Director: Bhooshan Lal Nutshell: a truly colossal cinematic experience, mightier even than the spectacular Khooni Dracula and featuring the finest theme song in motion picture history.     Topping Khooni Dracula was always going to be a tough ask at the very least but director/writer Bhoosan Lal felt an artist’...

Chudail – The Witch (1997)

Chudail – The Witch (1997) Cast: Kiran, Poonam Das Gupta, Naveen Nischal, Reeta Bhaduri, Monali Singh Director: P. Chandra Kumar Music Director: Usha Khanna Nutshell: Lusting beauty condemned to die, returns for fresh meat and revenge   This low budget shocker follows familiar turf of a vengeful spirit returning from the netherworld to exact revenge on those who did her wrong. The film ...

Saamri (2000)

Cast: Sohail Khan, Jyoti Rana, Mehandi Director: K.I.Shaikh Nutshell: Diabolical demonic mayhem as the Spirit of Saamri runs amok.   Bollywood horror fans will recall that Saamri was the beastly demon thing that tormented hapless travelers in Ramsay’s infamous Purana Mandir and due to the films storming success – he was resurrected for follow up episodes. This new Saamri however, ...

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