Friday, May 10, 2013

Freaky Friday: Bandh Darwaza

Time for another Fearless Blogger review! This time with a campy horror flick straight from Bollywood, Bandh Darwaza.
"Sometimes, strange movies are my forte. Horror can be so versatile, and I have found that some of the most interesting examples are not American films. While most people are pretty familiar with Japanese horror and Italian horror, I stumbled across a gem a few years ago that is one of the first Indian horror films.
Yes, India does produce Bollywood horror films. And, I’ll freely admit, it is very odd to have a scene where someone gets killed suddenly cut to a song and dance number, but it is entertaining nonetheless.
Today, I’d like to talk about the Indian classic Bandh Darwaza (1990). We are introduced with the Indian version of Dracula, Neola. Neola is an evil vampire who preys on village girls. He seduces a particular girl, and she has his child. This woman later dies as the result of being poisoned and Neola goes to sleep for twenty years. When he wakes, his daughter is ready for the taking.
It may help to know that Bandh Darwaza loosely means “closed doorway”. In this case, it refers to the location where Neloa’s coffin is hidden. Now, when watching this film, keep in mind that you can’t look at it as critically as American horror. There is a big cultural difference going on here. But, those of us that enjoy cheesy horror films love movies with heart. [Spoiler Alert: Highlight with mouse to see] Plus, who can really not watch a movie where the vampire is defeated with the Christian Bible, the Holy Quran, and “Ohm” on a stick. I kid you not.
Sadly, Mr. Vampire does not sing. Though, you can almost expect him to “Blah, Blah, Blah” in time with the music.

Rating: B-"

How do you like Bollywood films? I love the music, costumes, and over-the-top story; so a Bollywood horror flick? Why not?

1 comment :

  1. Searching for this one on Netflix! Looks like a lot of fun. :D

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