Friday, Jul 01, 2022

Brothers Grim: When Indian Horror Was The Ramsays Genre

Indian horror was once all about sleazy movies from the Ramsay stables. It’s now seeking to scare the audience with better fare.

Stills from Raat

A lady-in-white with the larynx of a Lata Mangeshkar, holding a flickering candle in the wind, wanders around a dilapidated mansion at midnight, singing a haunting melody scary enough to send shivers down the spine of the bravest.

A vengeful girl with her soul trapped in the crypt under a hoary duplex bungalow built by her rapist-killer is waiting impatiently for her tormentor’s unsuspecting descendants to come home a few centuries later to avenge the injustice meted out to her.