Zibahkhana Opens at Cinepax


Don’t you just love that a movie called Zibahkhana would choose to open on Eid-ul-Azha? It certainly appeals to my sensibilities, as did the film itself when I watched its premiere at the Islamabad Club this summer.

If you are a fan of horror movies, Zibahkhana is one you cannot afford to miss. It’s not scary in the least, but it sure is a lot of fun. I won’t go into details of the plot lest I give anything away, but to put it in a nutshell, the film takes the best of classic ‘traditional’ horror, combines it, and weaves it into a contemporary Pakistani setting to produce one of the most novel works of cinema you’ll see in a long time. The fact that it offers all the brutal madness of any other gore movie, as well as the familiarity of home and of people we can relate to, is enough to guarantee that whether Zibahkhana succeeds in scaring you or not, you can expect a very entertaining night at the movies.

And as a good friend said to me while we shivered in the summer evening outside the Islamabad Club auditorium: ‘Finally, someone’s managed to capture the creepy side of Islamabad and its outskirts.’

The film is directed by Omar Khan, whose love for the horror genre makes itself known to all who have visited his ice-cream parlour, The Hot Spot, in F-7. The cast is comprised of known faces as well as fresh, young ones – including Islamabad’s very own theatre artist, Osman Khalid Butt.

Zibahkhana is playing now at Cinepax. Showtimes are daily at 9 pm and 10:30 pm. Visit the official website for more about the film.

14 Comments so far

  1. John Doe (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    Watched this opening night at Cinepax Pindi…..WHAT a Blast…..people burst into applause on at least four occasions and seemed to enjoy the movie very much.

    What a breath of fresh air for Pakistan cinema.

    A very entertaining and fascinating film with a lot more than just brainless horror going on!

  2. Atif Ateeq (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 1:05 am

    I saw this when it came to new york. At first i thought that only a few pakistanis would go see it but the line to get in was around the block and had people from all different backgrounds in it. I too stood in line and luckily was the last person to get it. Great movie, worth every minute of my time. I hope they play the 15 minute montage of old pakistani horror movie scenes in the beginning!

  3. JayJay (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 10:28 am

    How opt that this movie is being screened on the ocassion of Bakra Eid — when there is zibahkhana in almost every house:)

    If that’s what it takes to bring back people to cinemas, I am all for it.

  4. Murtaza (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2007 @ 11:35 pm

    I went with my friends to Cinepax tonight……..it was SOLD OUT

    we will try again tomorrow

  5. WK (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 12:46 am

    yep you are right we should spend more money on these kind of entertainment activities,eemm may be Rs, 10,00,0000/. more on cinemas : ), fully air conditioned, with some leather seating with some extra comfort and not to forget at half time some heavy burgers with some SOFT DRINKS CAN ONES MAY BE – FOSTERS !!!

    and each cinema should have a corner for BLIND DATES, YOU know what I am talking, dark ones yeah, so teans can find some place to hide and explore.

    Than we will be able to take stand/show in/to this world that PAKistan is now pakISTAN GOT IT !!!


  6. Memorial Power (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 1:56 am

    Hmmm… seems nice movie as your people reviewed. I hope its not like the Movie ‘HOSTEL’ or ‘SAW’, as the name describe it.


  7. Memorial Power (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    Hmmm… seems nice movie as people reviewed it here. I hope its not like the Movie ‘HOSTEL’ or ‘SAW’, as the name describe it.


  8. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    Looking forward to see the movie since, well, seems like foreva =)

    @WK: Well do you really think if someone wants to go on what you termed as “Blind Date” they cant do so now?? Do they really need a crowded cinema (with every pair of eyes set on them)??

    And BTW nurturing the children well, injecting the religious and cultural values and manners is parent’s duty not govt’s !!!

  9. JayJay (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 6:01 am

    WK – The money is invested, not ‘spent’, by an investor, not by a government. We cannot dictate an private individual where to invest.

    I can’t agree more with A4PA. If the benign atmosphere of a cinema is indigestable to some, they always have the option of avoiding it by staying home. No-one forces anyone to throng a venue and buy food and drinks there against their wishes. Don’t try to scandalize a non-issue. Personal value are, well, personal.

    BTW, a blind date is set up between the individuals who have not met previously.

  10. WK (unregistered) on December 24th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm


    Yeah you are right we cant dictate to them, but we can market/present this kind of plans, yep ?

    I bet if theaters start showing movies such as
    ” Khuda Kay Leye “, and some pvt groups stand up to make some soft/cultural/political/drama type movies e.g ” DHAWAN “, ” Dewarain ” ,
    ” Chorian “, ” Alpha Bravo Charly ” etc

    Families will sure to come to theaters, but who will assure those families that there will be no ” Lafangas ” in the theater ??

    Try try again, may be theaters will gain,.

    at the end I would like to comment on our movie makers that, do not copy INDIA because India is copying English Hollywood thats why they are loosing business and its culture and we are trying to copying Bollywood thats why we are no where near Lollywood, I think people instead calling Lollywood will call Lotawood JK …

    @ A for Apple,

    I agreed with you, that parents are responsible, but dont forget that Govt is responsible for all people who live in PK, e.g Saudia Arabia, now you will ask how , its simple if Saudia Arabia give prmession to its people that Teens or young people have right to go out in town with hand in hand and can have hugs or kiss in public,,, eeeemmmm.

    I hope I made my point here.

    Peace now.

  11. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 25th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

    @WK: When you are talking about dramas like dhuaan, ABC, what makes you think … Zibahkhana’s not good enough to entertain the lot??

    Since its a public forum … I wont like much to push my personal thoughts here but still. DO you really think KSA is ideal enough to pray for?? They may not allow all that you’ve mentioned but whats it leading to?? A suppressed nation. The veils are good enough only in KSA, as soon as KSA boundaries are crossed, goodbye is said to veils.

    Islam does not push you to adopt such standards in life … it encourages enlightenment of Soul & Mind. If the mind is polluted, you should not expect any thing positive coming out.

    The nurturing of mind is parent’s responsibility as allocated by Allah Almighty and not of govt’s. Govt has obviously other issues on their hands too (doing or not is an altogether different story).

    Cutting the story short, I feel we pakistanis are gtting in a habit of throwing everything t govt and not taking any step by ourselves.

    Just my two cents!

  12. wk (unregistered) on December 26th, 2007 @ 1:17 am

    @ A for Apple,
    I never comment on Zibahkhana is not an good entertainment show, it may be a good entertainment for everyone or not I dont know about it.

    All I commented big time on the whole Media that how they are changing.

    Its very strange to hear from you that Islam does not push to adpot such standards, I may be misunderstood you on this comment by you, but as per my understanding you have pointed at KSA Hejab or veils, well KSA have an islamic Govt by the rules of Quran the book of Allah and they made some solid rules that everyone have to fallow it otherwise they can leave the country and can say goodbye to Veils.

    I agreed with you that if your inside ” Heart & Mind ” is BLACK than what ever you do wear or not its useless, but are we not recognized by our surroundings e.g if my room is messed up dirty etc its gives clear view of my personality.

    I am 100% agreed with you that we should not put all responsibiliy on our Govt, we have to do some positive every day.

    Peace now

  13. pazuzu (unregistered) on December 26th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    DHA cinema in Lahore chooses to snub ZIBAHKHANA in preference for BOLLYWOOD movie GANGSTER, which sadly shows them up to be totally unsuportive of Local cinema while being ready to screen the bowel movements of Mahesh Bhatt and company. A shame on the DHA cinema for refusing to support local Indie cinema. Therefor ZIBAHKHANA is not screening in Lahore as the DHA has thus far refused to schedule it. If you want to ask them why, please do at –
    DHA Cinema
    305-R, DHA, Lahore, Pakistan.
    Tel: 92.42.5066888
    E-Mail: info@dhacinema.com

  14. a person (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

    get this………Zibahkhana was due to be released at Lahore’s SOZO WORLD on the 28th of December but the cinemas remained closed for four days after the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto. The next day (tuesday) the management of the Sozo World stopped screening Zibahkhana due to “poor ticket sales”.

    Go figure! how could there be any sales when the bloody cinema was closed!

    So much for local cinemas supporting local films, fact is they would much rather play Mahesh Bhatt’s sleaze week after week. All this talk about Revival of Pakistani cinema is for all to see. Fact is, its more like the revival of Indian cinema in Pakistan! that would be more accurate.

    Zibahkhana may well have failed BUT to pull it for poor sales when the cinema was CLOSED is just something else!

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