Are you looking for a new bingeable series after Squid Game? Then Netflix’s latest Korean show, Hellbound may become your next obsession. According to analytics company FlixPatrol, this ambitious series became the world-most watched TV show on Netflix in 24 countries just a day after its premiere. Written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho, who has already captivated world movie fans with his film ‘Train to Busan’, the show received much buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival as the first Korean series to be officially invited to the event.
The show makes a clear difference from other horror genres by featuring a philosophical side that gives you enough time to deeply understand each character. Aside from the breathtaking trailer, there’s plenty more ground left to think about all those twists and meaning behind. Now, let’s take a closer look at the dystopia director Yeon has created.
| Storyline of Hellbound
A story about otherworldly beings who appear out of nowhere to issue a decree and condemn individuals to hell. These supernatural events cause great mayhem and enable the religious group The New Truth to grow in influence. A few people, however, become suspicious about its activities and begin investigating its involvement in mysterious events.
| Things to know before sitting down to watch Hellbound
The story is deeper thank you think.
If you’re expecting an adrenaline-charged fantasy horror show, Hellbound will pull the rug out from under you right from the first episode. Instead, the show portrays how religious leaders and fanatics could distort the meaning of an event to manipulate the mind of people for the sake of their own good and to justify the violence. You will get to know the real hellbound created by mankind throughout the series.
It’s not the next Squid Game.
There must be someone who watches this show looking for similarities to Squid Game. Sure, they both are categorized as thrillers of Netflix show from Korea, but that’s where similarities end. Hellbound is more slow-pacing and serious. So, if you’re gearing up for something spectacular and thrilling like Squid Game, you will be disappointed.
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1. Sweet Home
| Release Date 2020 | Cast Song Kang • Lee Jin-Wook • Lee Si-young | Episodes 10 episodes |
Hyun, a loner high school student who lost his entire family in a terrible accident, is forced to leave his home and has to face a new reality where monsters are trying to wipe out all of humanity. Now he must fight against all odds to try and race against the clock to save what is left of the human race before it’s too late.
| Strangers From Hell
| Release Date 2019 | Cast Yim Si-wan • Lee Dong-Wook • Lee Jeong-eun | Episodes 10 episodes |
Yoon Jong-Woo is a man in his 20’s. He has lived in a small town for all of his life, but he gets a job at a small office in Seoul. Yoon Jong-Woo moves out to Seoul and stays at a cheap apartment that shares its kitchen and bathroom with other residents. He doesn’t like staying at the apartment and he doesn’t like the other residents who seem weird and suspicious.https://youtu.be/LEJDvvJGIuI
| Son: The Guest
| Release Date 2018 | Cast Kim Dong-wook • Kim Jae-Wook • Jung Eun-chae | Episodes 16 episodes |
Twenty years ago, Yoon Hwa Pyung (Kim Dong Wook), a young psychic born into a shaman family, learns about the powerful demon called “Sohn” (Guest). The demon is very powerful and possesses the power to control other demons and allow them to possess weak people. The possessed people then go mad, kill their families, and stab themselves in the eye. Hwa Pyung, Choi Yoon (Kim Jae Wook); a young boy born in a religious Catholic family, and Kang Gil Young (Jung Eun Chae); the daughter of a detective, fatefully meet when their families are killed by a demon.
Twenty years later, the demon killings started again. Hwa Pyung is now a taxi driver who uses his power to seek out possessed people in order to help them, Yoon is a Catholic priest who is talented in exorcism, and Gil Young is a detective who doesn’t believe in ghosts. The trio meets again and tries to work together to defeat “Sohn”.
| Release Date2019 | Cast Ju Ji-Hoon • Bae Doona • Kim Sungkyu | Episodes 13 episodes |
Set in the Joseon period. The king falls ill to smallpox and rumors start to spread that he has actually died. Meanwhile, Crown Prince Lee Chang is labeled a traitor by the Haewon Cho Clan, the clan of the current pregnant Queen, and her father, Cheif State Councilor Cho Hak Joo. While trying to uncover the mystery of what happened to his father, the Crown Prince goes with his guard, Moo-Young, to Dongnae to look for Physician Lee Seung Hui who treated his father, only to be stuck with Assistant Physician Seo Bi and the mysterious man, Young Shin, in a village plagued with a mysterious disease.
The second season centers on the advancement of the plague across several provinces. In the lead-up to halting the outbreak, a devastating revelation ensues at Sangju. Upon the arrival of the winter season, the undead hordes now roam freely due to a change in ambient temperature. Fearing the ramifications of an imminent invasion, Prince Lee Chang attempts to garner support from his allies to stop the undead and reclaim his right to the throne. Unbeknownst to the Prince, another conspiracy for political gain is brewing within the corrupt Haewon Cho Clan.
As Queen Consort Cho schemes to steal a male newborn to cement as heir to the royal throne, she further orchestrates a last-ditch strategy to use the plague against the citizens of Hanyang, if her former plan fails to succeed. As calamity looms among the living, only one question remains. Can the Prince save his people in time and end the political turmoil at the capital or will the plague mark the end of the Joseon dynasty?
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