The indian Freddy Krueger

By ouija85 | scuoladimostrithereturn | 14 Apr 2023

In 1993, on the wave of the successes of the Nightmare on Elm Street, a film series begun in 1984 directed by Wes Craven, this Mahakaal directed by Indian directors Shyam Ramsay and Tulsi Ramsay was released.

The two directors had already directed two good horror films in the 80s which were very successful in India: Purana Mandir (1984) and Veerana (1988).

Mahakaal is a shameless copy of Nightmare obviously made on a much tighter budget.

A demon named Shakaal with a clawed glove torments Anita's family and friends through dreams.

Years earlier Shakaal had been killed by Anita's policeman father because he killed children to sacrifice them to a strange cult.

Anita will face the demon with the help of her boyfriend.

Does it remind you of anything?

The actor who plays the Freddy Krueger of the situation unfortunately I could not find him in the credits of the film.

Many kills are also copied from later Nightmare chapters; for example when a boy is transformed into a puppet as in Nightmare on Elm Street 3 dream warriors (1987) by Chuck Russell.

In addition to this, the music of Charles Bernstein and Christopher Young were also looted from the film by Craven without any rights.

The film is was released on DVD in the U.S.A. for Mondo Macabro label in Indian language with English subtitles.

The DVD is called The Bollywood Horror Collection: Volume 3 and contains 2 DVDs with the films Mahakaal: The Monster and Tahkhana: The Dungeon, another 1986 horror film directed by the same director duo.

A few years earlier another Indian clone of Nightmare was released, Khooni Murdaa (1989) directed by Mohan Bhakri and in 1988 another clone from Mexico, Don't panic directed by Rubén Galindo Jr.
They are both difficult to recover to DVD.
Don't panic is still available in an English DVD edition at a fairly high price.

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