Warda review – Warda is a new found footage horror movie on Netflix. It’s from Egypt which offers a new perspective on a somewhat tired niche. Also, the production quality is quite impressive. Watch on Netflix now!
Warda is an Egyptian found footage horror movie on Netflix. The fact that it takes place in a village in Egypt lends a different vibe to the found footage genre. If you’re unsure about whether this movie is for you, then check out the trailer to see the impressive level of production quality.
Also, you can just continue reading this review of Warda or simply watch it on Netflix. It only has a runtime of around 75 minutes, so it’s a quick watch.
You can watch Warda on Netflix in various countries worldwide now.
Who or what is Warda?
The title character of Warda is the younger sister of our main protagonist, Walid. He has returned home to his family in a small village in Egypt after his father has passed away. Warda (Nada Al Alfi) is not really well and hasn’t slept since their father died.
Also, they had a younger sister, Faten, who died five years earlier under mysterious (possibly demon related, some would say) circumstances.
Walid (Farouk Hashem) is now working on a documentary (as a video blogger) along with his girlfriend, Amna (Samira Maqroun). She’s from the Netherlands but originates from Tunisia. This means they both speak Arabic (and yes, this movie is in Arabic) both they’re also used to a very modern world.
The little village in Egypt is not exactly modern so there are a few clashes. Especially when it comes to the use of drugs and alcohol.
Warda is the first Egyptian found footage horror
This new horror movie is actually the first-ever found footage horror movie to come out of Egypt. The movie was apparently a national box office hit, so hopefully, we’ll get to see more soon.
At first, Walid and Amna film everything happening around the family home. Things get a bit freaky rather quickly and so they set up surveillance cameras. This lends the movie a different vibe from the usual wobbly found footage filming.
Instead, it becomes more of a Paranormal Activity thing. Though a lot better than Paranormal Investigation.
You might also want to read: Our review of the mess of a horror mockumentary Paranormal Investigation which is also on Netflix >
Some local myths and folklore do come into play but isn’t explored nearly enough. This is Egypt, land of the pyramids and mummies. Okay, I don’t exactly think they should have gone into working with a mummy theme, but surely more local folklore could have been used. This would have given Warda an extra edge.
Watch Warda on Netflix now!
Warda was directed by Hadi El Bagoury and written by Mohamed Hefzy. Hefzy has previously written quite a few screenplays but worked primarily as a producer. He also produced the horror movie Pyramid (2014) which was an international production but not exactly good.
If you like found footage and/or foreign horror movies, then give Warda a chance. It even played at the South Korean Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, which is no small feat. It might not be your cup of tea if you don’t like watching movies with subtitles, but I definitely want to applaud this first Egyptian found footage movie for trying something new.
Also, the woman who plays Warda, Nada Al Alfi, is pretty damn good at being both innocent and creepy. Less is often more and Nada Al Alfi hits that delicate balance perfectly!
A perfect way to prepare for Netflix horror series Jinn!
Finally, you could watch Warda to get ready for the upcoming Arabic Netflix horror series Jinn. The Netflix series Jinn will be out worldwide from June 13, 2019. It’s a horror production from Lebanon and Jordan.
Warda is out on Netflix in various countries all over the world from April 18, 2019.
Director: Hadi El Bagoury
Cast: Ahmed Awni | Samira Maqroun | Youssef Mohamed | Abeer Mansour | Tareq Abdalla | Bassel El Kadi | Nada Al Alfi | Emad Ghoniem
Walid, a video blogger, returns to his Egyptian countryside home to document and investigate strange happenings that have been disturbing his family since the death of his father.