Horror and Hindi cinema rarely go hand in hand. They were mostly disappointing creature features which would fail to scare even a child of six.
Those that did scare where usually bad copies of Hollywood films. But there were many which were slickly made and did send the horrors up one’s spine, even if they were copied.
Here are five such films which could give you the creeps..
Cast: Revathi, Om Puri, Anant Nag, Rohini Hattangadi
Directors: Ram Gopal Varma, Krishna Wamsi
A family of four moves into a new house where a chain of events shake up the entire lot. Daughter Mini is a college-going girl and she is first afflicted by the strange goings-on.
A black gets killed and another identical one resurfaces. Then death stings Mini’s friends in a mysterious way. One friend is brutally murdered, her head turned completely around.
Psychiatric help is called for as Mini’s behaviour changes into a strange and eerie one. There are clues in the basement. The film is well directed by Varma and it was released in his heydays.
Cast: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala
Director: Kamal Amrohi
A new owner comes to live in an abandoned palace with disastrous effects. He gets mixed up in a haunted house, where a romance, tragedy, reincarnation and ghosts shatter him.
A mysterious woman appears every night, singing a song which draws the owner towards her. He follows her but she keeps disappearing. A friend advices him not to follow her as there is only disaster awaiting him. But he continues to follow her before murder and later death strikes.
This film made Madhubala a star. However, the song from the film “Ayega, Ayega” was so good that people started calling AIR to find out who the singer was. It turned out to be Lata Mangeshkar and it launched her as a singing sensation.
Ragini MMS (2011)
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Kainaz Motivala
Director: Pawan Kripalani
This film from the Ekta Kapoor stable dwells on a creepy house where a presence makes life hell for a couple and their friends.
Legend has it that it was owned by a witch who is killed by her family. However, she returns as ghost to kill them and take over the house.
Doors open and shut on their own, the power goes off and the protagonist bleeds from sctarches on his head. A handcuffed woman tries to escape but to no avail. It is worth a watch.
Darna Mana Hai (2003)
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Nana Patekar, Boman Irani, Shilpa Shetty, Raghuvir Yadav, Antara Mali, Sanjay Kapoor
Director: Prawaal Raman
Six supernatural stories are woven together after a group of students get stranded in a forest and each tells those tales.
A couple get stuck in the middle of a dark jungle road and strange things happen to them. Another story deals with a hotel where smoking is strictly prohibited by an eccentric owner.
A lift taken by at night turns into a ghostly ride for a young man while a teacher gets angry when a student actually does his homework.
All six stories are well handled and chillingly told.
Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Rekha, Fardeen Khan, Victor Banerjee
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
A husband buys an apartment where a suicide had taken place and does not tell his wife about it. However, once the wife comes to know things begin to happen.
The previous owner had committed suicide after killing her son. The wife now begins to act strangely. The husband then tries to get to the bottom of the story and the truth is revealed. Urmila is in top gear and was appreciated for her acting. A good film to watch.