‘Alma’: review of Netflix’s new Spanish horror series


    The appeal of the supernatural, especially in the horror genre, is a constant in the audiovisual medium and, on a recurring basis, we see premieres every year that explore paranormal events with greater or lesser success. Netflix, which is always very aware of trends in the medium, also bets on this type of production for its premieres. For this reason, if a Spanish production chooses to explore the fiction of what escapes science, it finds a place in the house of the “tudum”. This is how it hits the platform Soulthe new national horror series.

    With a recent precedent in Fairwhich did not garner the desired audiences but did attract many viewers, Soul premieres on Netflix on Friday, August 19 to show that good scary series are made in our country. Not in vain this supernatural thriller has been created by Sergio G. Sanchez (The Secret of Marrowbone), screenwriter of The orphanage Y The impossibleand directed by himself together with Kike Maillo (Eve, Bull).

    Soul: synopsis, trailer and cast of the Netflix series

    Soul is a story that deals with the search for identity through an emotional, mysterious and unexpected plot. Suspicha Films produces this new 9-episode series for Netflix that tells the story of Alma, who after surviving a bus accident in which almost all of her classmates die, wakes up in a hospital without remembering anything about the incident… Of your past. Her house is full of memories that are not hers, and both her amnesia and her trauma cause her to experience night terrors and visions that she cannot unravel. With the help of her parents and friends, unknown to her, she will try to unravel the mystery surrounding the accident as she fights to regain her life and her identity.

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    Soul has been shot almost entirely in the Principality of Asturias and has a very choral cast led by Mireia Oriol (the hockey ones), Alex Villazan (Charon), Pol Monen (Who would you take to a desert island?), claudia rosette (SKAM), Javier Morgade (The knot), Nil Cardone (hockey ones), Mary Knight (The ministry of time) Y Milena Smith (the snow girl). complete the cast Elena Irureta (Homeland), Marta Belaustegui, Josean Bengoetxea (presumed guilty), Cándido Uranga, Katia Borlado, Ximena Vera, Celia Sastre, Laura Ubach, Raul Badger (alpha males) and Alejandro Serrano.

    Soul: review of the new Spanish Netflix series

    To enter the universe of Alma, we must first understand the good taste of setting the series in Asturias in order to link it to a mythological imaginary of Celtic origin that considerably helps the mystery and intrigue of the chapters. With this premise, as was the case in Neboa (La 1), it is easy to assume as normal the popular belief in a dark being coming to life, although this time it is a reincarnation through a ritual.

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    To anchor the story to the ground, Sánchez and Maíllo have rightly chosen a group of young actors who are not overly well-known, so that we can focus on the human tensions that unite them. Surprisingly, these everyday relationships marry perfectly with that paranormal universe that opens the entrance of the school bus in the fog, like a door to the unknown. Balance is the key Soulthe emotional and the instinctive, the earthly and the supernatural, the digital technique and the rudimentary effects… everything seems to be orchestrated in compensation to provide a careful story, which reviews weighty issues and refers to the most classic terror.

‘Alma’: review of Netflix’s new Spanish horror series