Ghoul (2018 film)

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Summary

"Betrayal is close." In a totalitarian near-future India, a mysterious prisoner is sent to a remote military interrogation center where he turns the tables on his captors by exposing their most shameful secrets and unleashing a demon from Arabic folklore.

Details

  • Release Date: 2018
  • Country/Language: India, Hindi & English
  • Genres/Technical: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, miniseries
  • Setting: near-future India, Delta Green
  • Runtime: 2 hr 15 min (3 45-minute episode miniseries)
  • Starring: Manav Kaul, Radhika Apte, Rohit Pathak
  • Director: Patrick Graham
  • Writer: Patrick Graham
  • Producer/Production Co: Netflix, Blumhouse Productions, Ivanhoe Pictures, Phantom Films
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: not rated (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Aside from the Ghoul itself, which draws from the original mythology rather than Lovecraft's, there's not much Lovecraftian going on, though the movie would likely provide a suitable basis for a "Delta Green" style scenario.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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In a dystopian near-future India, a young Muslim woman has joined a team of Indian military interrogators cracking down on Muslim extremists, shortly after turning her father in to the government for spreading subversive literature and giving anti-government speeches, under the illusion that he would be treated fairly and quickly released. Her first job is to interrogate and torture a mysterious and unsettling rebel leader, whose cell mates believe him to be a Ghul, a shape-shifting monster of Arabic legend, which has apparently been summoned to exact revenge upon the interrogators. The Ghul quickly reveals itself to the interrogators, escapes, and begins leaving a trail of bodies, while the woman's loyalty is questioned by rivals on the interrogation team, and she soon discovers that her father was not released from prison after all, but was instead murdered in the very prison she has been transferred to, and seems to have summoned the Ghul himself in vengeance upon his daughter.


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Keeper Notes

  • This film's version of the Ghoul, borrowing on the Arabic myths that inspired Lovecraft, takes the form of a shape-shifting demon that looks like the last person it ate, causes terrible and unsettling dreams and hallucinations, can play on the guilt and paranoia of victims through the power of suggestion, and is summoned to perform an act of vengeance for the summoner in exchange for the summoner's soul when the summoner makes the sign of the ghoul in his/her own blood.
  • A Delta Green team is assembled to join an interrogation at a blood-soaked interrogation center of a suspected terrorist that has gone horribly wrong, after the original interrogation team discover that there is something supernatural about their suspect, who escapes just as the team arrives. All the evidence indicates that the suspect is a shape-shifting ghoul whose real targets are the investigators themselves....