Monday, November 23, 2020


A Para-Normal Horror...

VR Critique Meter: 3.5/5


  • Released date: 5th November 2020
  • No of Seasons: 1
  • No of Episodes: 10
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror.
  • Language: Arabic
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • Streaming portal: Netflix


Paranormal, released on Netflix on 5th November 2020. The series has six episodes with an average runtime of 45mins per episode. It's the first-ever Egyptian series produced by Netflix.


The stories there take place in Cairo in the late 1960s / 70s then Dr. Refaat Ismail (Ahmed Amin) is a man of science, a trained hematologist, who seeks a rational reason for everything and mocks all forms of superstition.  "Paranormal" originates from the award-winning book series by the author Dr. Ahmed Khalid Tawfik.


The series itself consists of individual episodes that are self-reliant, but the content of which Refaat gradually convinces that the supernatural still exists.


Rafaat, who turns forty is cynical and disliked humankind and avoids human society merely believes the reality of which proven scientifically. Refaat, he is also an academic thus he can also make his own rules for the world, at least 22 of which he has come up with within the series. In each episode, the audience learns about these Refaat rules in an undefined order, mostly presented by Refaat's mind voice.


At his 40th birthday party, he brought his fellow student Maggie and his unspoken love towards her by writing love poems during his student days. His sister brought his adorable fiancée Howaida follows the strange reactions flown in the entire party. Even though, Maggie will be traveling with Rafaat on all of his adventures.


Each episode has its own story in Paranormal. First would revolve around a cursed house, which Refaat discovered in his earliest childhood. A cheeky little girl named Shiraz, who lives there, charms him, his first big love. However, there is also a great misfortune that Refaat will never forget.


The second would be Refaat is officially ordered to take part in the autopsy of the alleged "Black Pharaoh" During this process, an evil spirit of vengeance is set free, which eventually threatens the whole world, at least Egypt of that time! The superstition has it that anyone who touches the mummy will die. What happens next creates the remaining part of the episode.


The aforementioned proves how the series would be and the characters as well. The characterization in the series was materialized on the screen gives a glimpse of dark humor and ominous. The background score was intriguing and found interesting in a due course induce the ominous into us. It was also a key part of the engagement to the series.


Overall, if you think of watching the series because of its trailer and the name, of course, you can watch it. There is no doubt of it but clear your mind before starting it. The series is entirely different and it comes under dark fantasy horror.


VR Critique Meter: 3.5/5


PS: Please watch the series in high definition or 4K enabled screen with Dolby surrounded speakers to feel the aura. I watched the series with High definition with HDR enabled screen along with Dolby surround speakers.

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