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Aksbandh: a good first attempt at found footage horror

May 21, 2016
BY: YUSRA JABEEN  Horror does not have to be in-your-face scary faces and bloodcurdling screams. It can be subtle, yet creepy at the same time – and that is what Aksbandh was – enough to frighten a child while give you moments to jump in your seat. Aksbandh is the first found footage film of...

BY: YUSRA JABEEN 

Horror does not have to be in-your-face scary faces and bloodcurdling screams. It can be subtle, yet creepy at the same time – and that is what Aksbandh was – enough to frighten a child while give you moments to jump in your seat.

Aksbandh is the first found footage film of Pakistan and it was definitely a good first attempt. The story follows six friends who travel to interior Sindh for a project and instead find themselves in the midst of paranormal activity.

Cinematography of the film was well done as the film was rightly able to convey an amateur was handling the camera. The shots were shaky enough to give you a feel it really was raw footage.

However, the script could have been stronger as there was more talking and less showing in the scenes where the intention was to depict tension. If a character was upset about something, he or she voiced the disagreement over and over again, restating the obvious. This caused a delay, giving the viewer ample time to prepare for the surprise in the next scene, dampening its fear factor.

Sound design and special effects were not overpowering, thereby lending realism to the film. But at the same time, they only rarely caused you to jolt.

The onscreen chemistry between the characters seemed to work as that is how the youth in Pakistan interacts with each other when they are out with their friends. There are lots of potty jokes and sexual innuendos involved in the conversations. The dialogue delivery was done well; the conversations did not feel forced.

ALSO READ: Aksbandh has no scripted dialogues: Ayaz Samoo

Aksbandh is not horrific and definitely something the fainthearted can handle. But please, whatever you do, do not take your child along to watch it. SAMAA
 
 
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