In a series of notable firsts, the 29th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) witnessed the West Bengal Transport Corporation undertaking the unique initiative of transforming a standard tram into a ‘Tram of Horror’! Scroll through the snapshots capturing the moments of its inaugural run on December 6All photos by Amit Pramanik
Australia takes the spotlight as the Special Feature Country at this year’s festival, and the tram serves as a homage to the spine-tingling horror films hailing from the country, set to be screened all through the upcoming week, including classics such as ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, ‘Wolf Creek’ and ‘100 Bloody Acres’. Inside the tram, an eerie atmosphere has been created with embellishments, like fake skulls, dismembered limbs and a complete skeleton!
Rowan Ainsworth, the Australian Consul General in Kolkata, took a ride on the tram during its inaugural run from Esplanade to Gariahat. “The dangling body parts used for decoration remind me of ‘Wolf Creek’, and are reminiscent of the wicked fun synonymous with Australian horror films,” she said
Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer was delighted to see the attention to detail that had gone into modelling the tram. “The moment I walked in, I noticed the eerie music from ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, and was instantly reminded of the classic film,” he said
Shaikh Naziruddin, who has been a conductor on Kolkata trams for 33 years, was amazed by the sheer outlandishness of the tram. “I have never seen anything like this before,” he exclaimed
Pramod Narayan Singh, a seasoned tram driver since 1984, expressed his excitement about the public’s reaction. “Everywhere we go, people take pictures and gape in awe. I’m hoping to watch some of the horror films myself,” he grinned, capturing the contagious enthusiasm surrounding the Tram of Horror