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On paper, Typewriter’s intriguing premise and central group of characters hit all the right notes to make it another instant horror hit. In practice, Typewriter feels tonally caught between two different styles, unsure of exactly who to tailor its mysterious horror to and consequently resulting in a series that, while enjoyable, won’t have you clamoring for the inevitable second season in a hurry.
A brief prologue begins and sets the tone for what follows and if I’m honest, it’s one of the highlights of the series. From here, we’re introduced to the “ghost gang”, a group of kids determined to find out if the rumours around a deceased author are true. There’s more than a few nods toward Stranger Things here and their friendship ultimately glues the series together. Before we get there though, they begin their journey with the Bahdez Villa where they happen upon a new family that have just moved in. When a strange typewriter begins to adopt a life of its own, possessing the inhabitants of the house, all hell eventually breaks loose.
This culminates in a climactic finale that sees the typewriter all but destroyed until an epilogue sets everything up for a questionable second season. In a way this actually discredits some of the earlier work and throws some of the elements of the finale into question by doing this. I’m not a huge fan of shows that lean heavily toward expecting a second season and I can’t help but feel the final scene could have easily been cut completely and added to the start of another if it’s renewed.
For the most part though the story plays out nicely, with elements of mystery involving flashbacks, newspaper clippings and all the usual investigative nods you’d expect from this genre working alongside the drama and horror. There are some pretty creepy moments throughout too and Typewriter does well to keep these consistent throughout the five episodes. As you’d expect from a show like this, the finale does abandon some of the initial creepiness in favour of a more driven fight to the finish but Typewriter does well to keep you watching through to its conclusion nonetheless.
With dialogue in both Hindi and English, Typewriter is of course best watched in its native tongue for maximum effect. The dubbing isn’t very good if I’m honest and some of the decent performances are lost in this. The Hindi is far more effective in building the tension and accentuating the fear and horror vibes so I’d strongly recommend watching this that way rather than with dubbing.
In a bid to try and snatch some of the success from both Haunting Of Hill House and Stranger Things, Typewriter unfortunately comes up short. It’s still an enjoyable series, no doubt, but it’s also one that doesn’t quite reach the level one may expect from a horror like this. The forced finale, setting things up for a second season, is a little disappointing but Typewriter is certainly enjoyable enough to see through to the end. With 5 episodes clocking in at a little under 50 minutes, Typewriter is an enjoyable series no doubt but not one you’ll be desperate to return to in a hurry once you’re done.
Verdict - 6.5/10