Cold Case film: Prithviraj Sukumaran’s upcoming Malayalam horror film Cold Case is all set to release on June 30. The first direct OTT release for Sukumaran, Cold Case is directed by Tanu Balak and features Aditi Balan, Suchita Pillai, and Lakshmi Priya among others in key roles.
The horror-thriller film revolves around untold secrets left behind by spirits when they leave the earth. Sukumaran plays the role of a police officer who tries to solve his cases by logic, even when he is pitted against paranormal forces.
Horror films have a cult following of their own. While some may abhor the genre for jump scares and over-the-top plotlines, many feel that horror films not only distract you from the dreariness of real life, they are also pretty refreshing.
So while you await the release of Cold Case, here are five horror movies to watch:
The horror comedy film tells the story of a town named Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh where a ghost named ‘Stree‘ attacks men during festival season. The film starts a pertinent conversation on respecting women’s agency and consent.
The film has a feminist subtext that talks about the treatment of women in society, along a clever message about how society treats women by putting men in women’s shoes where they are terrified to go out at night.
Stree features Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles.
Set in the backdrop of the 1880s Bengal presidency, the film had an OTT release in June last year. Netflix’s Bulbbul is one of those horror films that experiments with dark fable immersed in realism and surrealism. The film is set in a time when people hugely believed in ‘chudails’.
Bulbbul is a precocious girl who loves fables and is married into a wealthy ‘zamindar’ family at a young age. Produced by actor and producer Anushka Sharma, the film offers a gripping, dark, blood-soaked and revisionist tale of a woman who was wronged.
Inspired by Bangla pulp stories the film tells the tale of the Bangladesh Liberation War, and the crimes committed against women during it in an oblique way with the help of metaphors. The film is a discomforting watch, with a deliberately languid pace, filled with gore.
The story of Pari revolves around the demon Ifrit and Auladhchakra, a satanic cult in Bangladesh that aims to progress the bloodline of Ifrit. The cult believes in summoning the demon which impregnates women to progress its bloodline and the babies of the women are considered demonic.
Rukshsana, played by Anushka Sharma, is the daughter of a lady who was a victim of the satanic ritual and is considered to be the daughter of the demon, something that goes against the film’s title- Pari.
4. Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship
Written and directed by Bhanu Pratap Singh, Bhoot is based on a true incident that took place in Mumbai and tells the story of an officer who has to move a haunted abandoned ship lying static on the Juhu beach. Featuring Vickey Kaushal in the lead role, the movie is part one in a trilogy.
The film is jointly produced by Karan Johar, Shashank Khaitan, and Apoorva Mehta and was released in cinemas on February last year. It also features Ashutosh Rana, Bhumi Pednekar and Sara Gesawat in supporting roles.
5. Dobaara: See Your Evil
A remake of the 2013 horror film “Oculus“, the film tells the story of a brother-sister duo and their family with an antique mirror responsible for the ruthless murders of its owners. The original co-writer of the film Mike Flanagan has served as the executive producer of the film.
Produced by Prawaal Raman, Ishan Saksena, Vikram Khakhar, and Sunil Shah, the film stars Huma Qureshi and Saqib Saleem in key roles. The cast of the film also includes Rhea Chakraborty, Abhishek Singh, Adil Hussain, and Lisa Ray in the supporting roles.
Here’s the trailer of Prithviraj Sukumaran’s upcoming film Cold Case: