Around The World In 31 Days Of Horror: India

Around the World in 31 Days of HorrorThe second biggest film industry in the world is India and it is massive. It’s so massive I can’t really do the entire industry justice with this short little horror blurb, one could spend years writing about India’s film industry.

More than just Bollywood, there is at least 17 different languages and cultures which encompasses the Indian film market. There’s Tamil Nadu, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The dominate branch is of course Bollywood (Hindi).

Horror movies have been around in India since the 1940’s. In the 1970’s through the 1980’s there was a surge in horror thanks to the films of the Ramsay brothers. In 2013, India’s first zombie movie hit the big screen, although there seems to be two films claiming the title. Go Goa Gone and Rise of the Zombie both claim to be India’s first zombie movie. Go Goa Gone has received better reviews than Rise did.

MahalFor today’s film I’m going with one of the earliest horror / thriller films to grace India’s screens. Mahal (1949). Not really a horror film, it’s kind of a suspense thriller about a man who inherits a house that might be haunted.

There was a young couple that previous lived there and died under tragic circumstances. The man soon starts to believe that he is one of the lovers reincarnated and the seems to be a girl haunting his garden with her singing. There’s a twist to the story that robs the film of it’s tension but it starts off promising enough.

And for an added bonus here’s Bees Saal Baad (1962), a loose remake of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7FcbvYAk5c

And some zombie fun.

Author: Shane Hnetka

Shane Hnetka spends most of his life watching movies and reading comic books, using his vast knowledge of genre culture for evil instead of good.