A group of friends are planning a getaway for the night at some remote camp site and, like always, everything appears to be going well. Until they stumble across a cannibalistic family, zombies and other spooky freaks that put a damper on their plans.
I've been wanting to see "Hell's Ground" for awhile - probably because of the heavy promotion when it first came out as being Pakistan's first gore film. It was actually being promoted to the point of ad nauseum and that's where my interest in seeing it right away, disappeared. Well, I finally made the plunge when my friend Carlos generously sent it to me and now that I've seen it, I wish I wouldn't have.
I was hoping for something more original or at the very least a creative and entertaining knock-off. "Hell's Ground" is a movie where the filmmakers behind the project wanted to throw in all of their horror influences from the years, and crammed it into every nook and cranny. Obviously it's derivative of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and in general it's a very Western influenced movie. There are also influences from Pakistan's own horror history as well as some Italian-gothic stylings to be found. Just a bit of everything can be found in-between the Raimi-esque camerawork to the Bava candy colored lighting.
The overwhelming influences and elements from different horror cultures is what kills this movie the most as "Hell's Ground" is an extraordinarily boring movie because it's seventy-seven minutes of rehashed and tired material. It wants to be so much: It wants to be gory and extreme. It wants to be political. It wants to be social. It wants to be approachable by Westerners. It accomplishes very little and instead of giving the movie its own identity, you get about a hundred different ones. Cliché movies can work - they can be good, but they need to bring something to the table whether it's entertainment or straight up sleaze. "Hell's Ground" doesn't do anything; it's as if the movie was aiming for something safe. Basically it achieved a mediocre-at-best status. Sure the gore might make some people stick around but it's nothing we can't get from dozens and dozens of other movies.