Thursday, 1 January 2009
The Living Corpse - exhumed!
Here's the great painted poster that will accompany the essay "Becoming-Death: The Lollywood Gothic of Khwaja Sarfraz’s Zinda Laash" co-authored by Summer Pervez and Sean Moreland in the collection Draculas, Vampires and Other Undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race and Culture. Ed. John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart. Guest Introduction David J. Skal. To be published some time in 2009 by Scarecrow Press. Details here
For those who don't know, Zinda Laash (The Living Corpse) is a great little slice of Pakistani gothic cinema from 1967. It was the first film ever to be rated X (adults only) on its original release in Pakistan. We saved the film from destruction and restored it for a DVD release that was one of Fangoria's top ten discs in the year of its release. The film was so rare that it was not mentioned in even the most exhaustive studies of vampire movies. Anyone who has an interest in the Dracula saga, or in vampire films generally, should check this one out here.