Hellbound

Hellbound

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Supernatural creatures have come to earth creating chaos and sending people to hell which gives rise to a new religion founded on divine justice in this Korean crime thriller, Hellbound.  

In the saturated world of supernatural thrillers, Netflix's Korean series Hellbound presents a fresh and chilling take on the afterlife and judgment.

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, the mastermind behind the renowned Train to Busan, this series delves into the very fabric of human belief systems, provoking viewers to question morality, fate, and the essence of existence.

Fans of Korean drama have known for a long time just how good and unique their tv series and movies are. From the incredible Kingdom, to Squid Game, K-drama is a genre worth delving straight into.


And Hellbound is no different. Released on November 19th 2021, this is another rollercoaster of a tv series. With just six episodes on Netflix, this is not to be missed.

What Is Hellbound About?

Imagine if hell came to earth and utter chaos ravaged through the world. And imagine if human beings who had evaded punishment for their crimes were suddenly faced with supernatural angels who were there to condemn them to hell.

Hellbound is set in a world where a supernatural death angel appears, handing out decrees of death and damnation to select individuals. These decrees predict the exact time these people will die and subsequently be dragged to hell.

As fear and paranoia grip society, a new religious group called The New Truth Society rises to prominence.

They have decided that these judgments are doled out to only sinners and are divine punishments. And they claim to have the answers to this terrifying phenomenon. As their power and influence grow, it leads to division, fear and chaos in society.

Cult leader of the New Truth Society is Jeong Jin-soo (Yoo Ah-in) but deciding to form a pious religion as all hell breaks loose on earth is a process.

So also in the mix are Min Hye-jin (Kim Hyun-joo), Bae Young-jae (Park Jeong-min) who works at a broadcasting station, his wife Song So-hyun (Won Jin-ah) and detective Jin Kyung-hoon (Yang Ik-june) who is trying to figure out what is going on.

Is it simply a new world order where unearthly beings deliver bloody justice or is the idea of divine justice just a mask for something else?

Throughout the series, as the line between right and wrong blurs, our characters must confront ethical dilemmas posed by supernatural judgments.

But here did they come from and how can they be stopped?

Hellbound Netflix Official Trailer

Is Hellbound Worth Watching?

Personally, Hellbound is one of my favourite shows from South Korea. Director Yeon Sang-ho has taken every ounce of knowledge garnered over years of film making and produced six outstanding episodes of a show that will have you hooked from beginning to end.

In fact, there's a cliffhanger at the end of season one that will blow your mind and I can't even imagine what direction the story will go in from it.

Additionally, Hellbound is a completely unique twist on the concept of judgment and hell and breathes new life into the horror genre. After all, what's more horrifying than being told in advance about your gruesome death and being powerless to stop it?

But the story would be nothing with the cast and this one delivers compelling performances, bringing depth and authenticity to their respective roles.

So is Hellbound perfect? Nearly but not quite. With just six episodes the story is very complicated and requires your full attention. Even then it can be tricky to figure out exactly what is going on.

That is compounded by a timeline jump so no sooner have you figured out all the players then boom, you've moved time. It's not that this is a bad thing, but it can throw you for a loop, especially when it's such a big story to fit into so few episodes.

Otherwise, Hellbound is a fantastic horror drama that will have you hanging on the edge of your seat.

Hellbound Season 2

We've known for a while that a second season of Hellbound was on the cards.

Netflix made the announcement on September 24, 2022 and in March 2023, it was confirmed that Kim Sung-cheol would replace Yoo Ah-in which is why both are named as ‘Jeong Jin-soo' in the cast list below.

We also know that Kim Hyun-joo, Kim Shin-rok, Yang Ik-june, Lee Dong-hee and Lee Re will reprise their respective roles in Hellbound season 2 so the story will pick up where it left off.

New cast members include Lim Seong-jae, Jo Dong-in and Moon Geun-young. Yang Dong-geun was also cast but later dropped out and was replaced by Hong Eui-joon.

Netflix Cast

Yoo Ah-in (season 1) and Kim Sung-cheol (season 2) as Jeong Jin-soo, a cult leader of the emerging New Truth Society

Park Sang-hoon as young Jeong Jin-soo

Kim Hyun-joo as Min Hye-jin, an attorney

Park Jeong-min as Bae Young-jae, a production director for a broadcasting station

Won Jin-ah as Song So-hyun, the wife of Bae Young-jae

Yang Ik-june as Jin Kyeong-hoon, a detective

Lee Dong-hee as Chairman Kim Jeong-chil

Lee Re as Jin Hee-jeong, the daughter of Detective Jin Kyeong-hoon

Kim Shin-rok as Park Jeong-ja, a single mother and the first public demonstration

Good

  • Another Fantastic Korean Show
  • Director Yeon Sang-ho
  • Superb Premise

Bad

  • CGI Could Be Better
  • Only Six Episodes
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