Pakistani director Khwaja Sarfraz’s 1967 Urdu feature film, Zinda Laash (a/k/a The Living Corpse and Dracula in Pakistan) was based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but used a mad scientist angle to skirt around the supernatural and religious aspects of the storyline. Prior to its release, local censors called for the “corruptive and evil” film to be banned, but its producers succeeded in reaching a compromise with censors. The film was the first Lollywood (read: Lahore-based) film to receive an X rating. The film also has the distinction of being the first horror film to be screened at two major film festivals, Spain’s Sitges Fantastic Film Festival and Switzerland’s Neuchatel International Festival of Fantastic Films.
German Expressionism and indigenous film-making techniques combined with Hammer Film aesthetics in the creation of a film that – while relatively tame by today’s standards – shocked and fascinated Pakistani film-goers in the late-’60s. Supposedly, some lady even had a heart attack at one of the film’s first screenings. A vampiric narrative and manic song-and-dance numbers provide quality entertainment in this Urdu horror film. Screen Zinda Laash below and let TEoB know what you think in the comments.
Scroll on to watch an excerpt from the film – featuring the vampire bride’s “provocative” dancing and Professor Tabani/Dracula (Rehan) tossing the bride a baby – and the film in toto.
Excerpt from Zinda Laash