Paranormal – Season 1 (Anytime / Netflix) – Paranormal Egyptians! That’s the premise of Netflix’s latest TV show: Paranormal.
This trailer is a bit creepy but not Doctor Who terrifying…you should be ok. (The Haunting of Hill House also on Netflix had me buried under my snuggie. So of course I went back and rewatched the entire season again. Really good. But yes I slept with my Spider-Man night light for about a week.)
Paranormal: Season 1 is…ready for this?
“Six-episode series from Egypt, about a scientist (Ahmed Amin) who finds himself investigating a series of highly un-scientific paranormal occurrences. Based on a popular series of novels by the late Ahmed Khaled Tawfik.”
The series is based on the series of novels by the Egyptian writer Ahmed Khaled Tawfiq which are like Harry Potter successful (ok maybe not that successful but they’ve solid millions…translated in I dunno many languages: the standard metrics of success. He’s the Arabic Stephen King basically.)
I’m curious how they translate for the subtitles…I suppose that’s for every foreign show but there’s an Arabic sarcasm that doesn’t neatly translate to English. (My mom is so upset with Netflix…this is clearly a Sammy Show; she’s like where are my shows! I shrugged…I dunno.)
(Also? as an Egyptian slash horror nerd I’m embarrassed I don’t know this: if you’re bitten by a snake you have what…15 to 30 minutes to get medical help? What’s the window for a mummy’s curse? Do you get a window of time before your body is found: your throat taxidermied with sand??)
Question: is this a trend? Maybe? Hopefully? On Shahid VIP one of their original programs is Bloodline. Middle Eastern Vampires…Egypt seems to be really cashing in on their ancient folklore; I wonder where this trend (such as it is…) is going.
What can I do to help? I’ll share this; still be great to actually work on these things: bring em up to a higher quality.
November 5 for Paranormal (why not on Halloween?! This seems like bad marketing…) .
Netflix | November 5, 2020
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