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Is Ghoul Just A Hype Or A Series That Will Scare The Sh*t Out Of You?

Published on 30 August, 2018 at 10:30 am By

Ghoul just released a few days back and there is already a lot of buzz around the show. When it comes to the genre of horror, Bollywood and Indian television have a shitty history. More than Bollywood, it’s the TV horror shows that has always been unable to provide actually ‘scary’ content. Shows like Aahat and Zee Horror Show were the only ones in this category for a very long time. And let’s be honest, those were more funny than scary.


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Bollywood and the Hindi entertainment industry had evolved over the past few years. Since the introduction of platforms like Netflix and Prime Video, a lot of web series have given us stories that offer good content. Shows like Sacred Games have been received quite well and now seems to be as good a time as any to experiment with the horror genre as well. Ghoul too looks promising and might actually prove to be path-breaking in the Indian/Bollywood horror genre.

What exactly is Ghoul based on though? And, what is the storyline? For that, let us first understand folklore behind this show.

 

The Arabic Folklore

 


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Ghoul is written/directed by Patrick Graham. Though Ghoul is not based on any pre-existing story and neither is it an adaptation/spin-off, Graham’s work is definitely an inspired one. While talking about the series, Graham revealed that Ghoul is a dystopian tale. This is so because Graham admits having always been inspired by dystopian stories. What is a dystopian tale though? Dystopia is defined as a world which is completely opposite of the ‘perfect world’. It is a community/society that is undesirable or frightening. The story of this show does seem to be frightening and even undesirable, as far the trailer goes.

Before we take a plunge to discuss more, take a look at Ghoul trailer:

 

 

Digging deeper, let’s also understand the dictionary meaning of the word ghoul itself. It is actually derived from “ghūl“, with its roots in the Arabic and Jinn traditions. Ghoul thus revolves around the Arabic folklore of the myth of jinns. Britannica defines ghoul as “siren-like spirits that wandered the desert, often in the form of beautiful women, waiting to ensnare unsuspecting travelers and eat them. In ancient Arabic folklore, ghūls belonged to a diabolic class of jinn (spirits) and were capable of constantly changing form, but their presence was always recognizable by their unalterable sign—ass’s hooves.”

 

Ghoul meaning

 

That’s definitely one of the Ghoul facts most of us were unaware of. And, though no signs of ass’s hooves have been visible in the series trailer so far, the symbolism might come out in the three-episode miniseries (season 1) already released on Netflix.

While promoting the series, the makers also insisted that the story of Ghoul is rooted in India but the collaborative effort is to tell a story which appeals to audiences around the globe. But, how has Ghoul been received so far? What are the reviews on the 3 episodes released?

 

Reactions on Netflix’s Ghoul

 

All 3 episodes of Ghoul were released on Netflix on 24th August 2018. Many viewers have shared their reactions and reviews on the Netflix original show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going by the reactions of the viewers and audiences so far, it seems like the horror genre is about to take a turn for the good in the Indian shows. It does genuinely look like Ghoul on Netflix isn’t just a hype but a series that will scare the shit out of you.

Though not conventionally ‘scary’ because of ghosts, spirits, etc, the dystopian/futuristic world shown in Ghoul is thought-provoking. It certainly makes us scared about our future. In a sense, it is scary in the way ‘Black Mirror’ is! Gone are the days of cheap and hilarious graphics that were meant to be scary but only left the audiences in splits. Ghoul manages to scare well and also leave you worried.


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Have you watched the show? What’s your reaction?

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