I don’t know what I was expecting from this, but I definitely got more than I was bargaining for. A great little series with a fantastic story to tell.
Director: Amr Salama
Screenwriter: Ahmed Khaled Tawfik (based in novel by), Amr Salama
Starring: Ahmed Amin, Ahmad Dash, Reem Abd El Kader
Genre: Drama, Horror
Runtime: 40-50 Minutes/Episode
No. of Episodes: 6
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
Refaat Ismail, a cynical Haematologist with a dark sense of humour, goes through a “journey of doubt” as his world is turned upside down after his lifelong scientific convictions are questioned. The plot commences in 1969, when Refaat Ismail enters his 40s and begins to experience paranormal activities. Throughout the season, Refaat is accompanied by his university colleague, Maggie, as they enter the paranormal world and try to save their loved ones from the immense danger that surrounds them. The story is based on the best-selling thriller novel series with the same name “Paranormal” by Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. Written by Netflix
The poster and cartoony font of the logo lead me to believe that this was going to be a paranormal investigation kind of show that heavily skewed towards humour. And while there is a little humour, provided mostly my Refaat’s internal monologue and his overbearing sister, do not be caught of guard. There is a lot spookier things going on here than I expected.
Each episode has a main plot dealing with a different kind of Egyptian paranormal phenomenon, ranging rom your basic ghost story to you typical cursed mummy story. But running beneath all of this is a fantastically crafted over arching storyline relating to a mysterious event that happened to Refaat when he was a child and is now effecting those closest to him. And while this storyline is fed to us in drips and drabs after the first episode, if you pay attention and follow along, you get a great pay off in the final episode. Even if the twist reveal at the very end was a little…odd.
Acting all around was pretty great, and in the slightly campy horror movie setting we can forgive a few amateurish moments here and there from minor characters. Horror Movies/Shows feel kind of lost without them. Ahmed Amin who plays our main character Refaat has a great deal to do in the show, and the plot kind of relies on his character having a lovable personality and experiencing some real personal growth as he really is the focal point. If he doesn’t give a great performance, the show would fall flat, so luckily, he does a great job.
I like that the end of the series has left it open for potential further seasons, I would love to return to these characters again with a new mystery for them to solve.
‘Paranormal’ is streaming now on Netflix.