Ghoul: Web Series Review
Cast: Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Mahesh Balraj.
Director: Patrick Graham.
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Dystopian.
Release Date: 24th August, 2018.
Synopsis: Ghoul is a miniseries revolving around Nida, a loyal interrogation officer, working in a military center where ‘terrorists’ are brought for interrogation and at times, torture. Things take a dark turn when a mysterious prisoner, Ali Saeed, who is not from this world, arrives at the center and turns it into a fight for survival for the officers.
There’s novelty in the concept. Not a lot of films or shows have ventured into horror and politics at the same time. Ghoul does just that with its setting.
The true horror of Ghoul is not just in the demonic entity, but also in the government and its workings which bears an uncanny resemblance to the current political scenario across the world.
The ghoul, although visually similar to the ghosts that have haunted films and shows in the past, is very different at its core nature – feeding off the guilt and bringing out the decay in the society to the forefront.
Great performances by all the leading actors – Be it the confused but loyal Nida (Radhika Apte), Officer Dracunha with a twisted past (Manav Kaul), the untrustworthy Officer Das (Ratnabali Bhattacharjee), or Ali Saeed with a hauntingly cold look (Mahesh Balraj).
The lightning sets a perfect dark mood, and the narrow corridors and stained floors and walls of the centre have a haunting effect on their own.
The final episode is the best one. It has its twists and turns and a lot of horror. The parting shot is hauntingly beautiful and leaves you wanting for more!
The lines at the beginning of the episodes are too revealing about what is going to happen in the episode, leaving not much room for the audience to speculate, or even the story to reveal new aspects of the Ghoul.
The first episode has a lot of exposition and no horror. Perhaps owing to the initial plan for Ghoul to be a film.
Leaves a lot of questions that needs to be answered, unanswered. How did Nida become so loyal to the government that she gave up her own father? How did the country become such a terrifying place? The show needed more episodes to wrap up a few more loose ends.
Ghoul is terrifying, but for different reasons than what you expect it to be.
Ghoul is co-produced by Phantom Films, Blumhouse Productions, and Ivanhoe Pictures. It was originally meant to be a film before Netflix acquired it and turned it into a mini-series.
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