“Paranormal”: This Sourpuss Sees Dead People
“Paranormal,” Netflix’s first Egyptian television series, has hints of Indiana Jones and “The Mummy,” with a touch of “The Ring.”
The series is based on the late Egyptian novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s best-selling books. It is set in 1960s Cairo and its protagonist, a hematologist named Refaat Ismail, is a gloomy, chain-smoking pessimist who is incapable of saying what he really means. He lives by a set of “laws” and believes in science over the supernatural.
The Netflix production was a little goofy, with well-worn horror cliches (such as a mummy’s curse and a cave guarded by a terrifying beast). There also were some weird hair styling choices (I refer specifically to the gigantic mop of red hair that obscured most of Maggie’s face) and campy special effects.
This is a good effort for Netflix’s first foray into Egyptian horror. I recommend this series if you’re in the mood for something exotic, yet familiar, and don’t mind reading subtitles.
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