Paranormal Review

Netflix’s first Egyptian horror-thriller is interesting and entertaining

Aparnna Hajirnis -

Paranormal Review
Platform
Netflix
Format
Movie Rated
Genre
DRAMA,FANTASY,HORROR
Language

What is the story about?

Based on the best selling thriller novel series with the same name by Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, 'Paranormal' is set in the 1960s. The series is based on the adventures of  Dr. Refaat Ismail, who is a hematologist by profession. He is a strong believer in science, yet his convictions fall apart when he is presented with 'Paranormal' occurrences, which are beyond the control of any human or science. Each episode has a standalone story pertaining to the main 'Paranormal' storyline.

Analysis

We are introduced to the main character of the 6-episode series, a skeptic Dr Refaat Ismail. He denies the existence of anything supernatural and relies on his knowledge of science for finding plausible explanations. However, his family is haunted by a spectre and this has been the case since he was a kid. 
The rest of the characters of the show inclide Refaat’s old friend and flame Maggie (Razane Jammal), a Scottish academic who is staying in Egypt for an academic research,  Refaat's cousin who is also his fiancee Huwaida (Aya Samaha), a pretty and naive schoolteacher, his sister Raeefa (Samma Ibrahim), older brother Reda (Rushdi Al Shami), and young Taha (Adam Wahdan). At some point in the series, all these characters get either possessed or haunted by ghosts and it is left upto Refaat to help them out. He becomes the sole investigator in all these cases. For someone who doesn't enjoy horrors at all, Paranormal is the perfect blend of period drama and horror that won't leave you sick to the stomach. It arrives well in time for Halloween, if you are looking to binge-watch a spooky show. 
 

Performances

Since the series is centered on Ahmed Amin, we get to see him a lot more than the other characters. He brings in a delightful thrill and chill to the character of Dr Reefat Ismail, which would have otherwise been too bland. He and Maggie share some chemistry, ofcourse and we wished we could have seen more of it.

Music & Other Departments

Since the show is heavily dipped in Arabic, it becomes difficult to watch and you have to rely on subtitles to understand what's happening onscreen. There are good Arabic tracks that are played, but kudos to the costume and make-up team for recreating the Egypt of the 1960. The imagery, the music and the backdrops are simply breath-taking.
 

Highlights

The way it is shot with so much attention paid to aesthetics, it doesn't come off as a horror, but more as a suspense thriller and that too a good one.

Drawbacks

The 6-episodes seem to get over too soon!

Did I enjoy it?

Yes, for someone who hates gory horrors, Paranormal is a perfect blend of humour, wit, suspense and horror!

Do I recommend it?

Go for it! It doesn't unsettle you nor makes you squirm. This is the best binge-watch for the weekend. 
 



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