After the massive success of Sacred Games, Netflix is back with its first ever Indian dystopian horror series starring Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul.
Directed by Patrick Graham, Ghoul is a three episode horror series set in a distant Orwellian future where an authoritarian regime has a very different definition of “terrorism.” They have a very specific set of rules and regulations in the society, and everything beyond that is considered “anti-national.” It’s also a political satire on current issues in India.
I really, really liked the storyline. There wasn’t a single dull moment in all three episodes, however, the horror element was missing. Don’t go in Ghoul expecting a horror series, it’s more of a contained thriller with an engaging story-line. The supposedly scary scenes with the ghoul looked very low on budget. They could have used the gory element in a much more scarier way, the way they did in Quarantine films. Very similar setting. Having said that, Ghoul has still set a new standard for Indian horror genre.
People also really liked the performances of the cast. Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul, in particular. Audience reviews for Ghoul are in and here’s what they are are saying.
What a spooky ride 👀💀
Give it watch
— Mukul Shende (@MuK00I_) August 24, 2018
Done With #Ghoul
1st Episode : Good
2nd & 3rd : OutStanding 👌👌
— Sαɠαя🇮🇳 (@iam__Sagar) August 24, 2018
#GHOUL is unbelievably good. Mind's getting blown at how brilliant Indian content can be. Radhika Apte is the Smita Patil of our generation. Vikramaditya Motwane, director a frikkin genius. Sound design, editing, shoot style, characters are so so so well crafted. @NetflixIndia
— Gadgetwala (@ankitv) August 24, 2018
This might not be scary but it is very very very interesting, with just 3 Episodes it never bores you, not even in a single scene.
All of the Show takes place in one place and with very limited characters.
Worth Watch…. Would love to see Season 02 – 3.5/5 pic.twitter.com/MKhC7OkOvz
— Z. (@SurrealZak) August 24, 2018
Watched a few eps of #Ghoul last night & can't stop raving about it to anyone & everyone. @FuhSePhantom & @NetflixIndia have raised the bar of the Indian horror way up. Well done @anuragkashyap72 🤗 @VikramMotwane & @radhika_apte u r brilliant as always..
— Ashvini Yardi (@AshviniYardi) August 22, 2018
— Saloni Punatar (@SaloniPunatar) August 24, 2018
— Ali (@TweetingBad13) August 24, 2018
Really enjoyed #Ghoul a lot
It wasnt scary though but really enjoyed the gripping moments
So refreshing to see netflix making a dystopian series based in india.
— Ashish Chanchlani (@ashchanchlani) August 25, 2018
Since, Ghoul tackles issues like nationalism and mob lynchings, it’s not surprising that it has pissed off a lot of people on the internet already. People think it’s a “leftist propaganda” series that’s also “anti-army.”
What do you call the jokers who put propoganda even in horror series? A: Phantom idiots.
— chetan chinchanikar (@dharwadkaraja) August 24, 2018
All the cast and crew members of the series #Ghoul should face extradition. They have successfully proved themselves as the renegades who will always promote anti-nationalism.
— DEEP (@dip_deep1) August 24, 2018
Done with #Ghoul, So you need a series to witch hunt the Army.
BTW, Ghoul can only take the form of the latest kill, so How did it take role if Ms Apte twice?
Perhaps if you had applied certain #Leftist brain you might have figured that out? @NetflixIndia ?
— ThankGodIAmUgly (@ThankGodIAmUgly) August 24, 2018
Netflix is certainly going to get a lot of heat for this series. Can’t wait for the second season!