Sell Your Haunted House

Sell Your Haunted House

Netflix Series
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8.8

Great

Sell Your Haunted House is a fun Korean fantasy drama about real estate agents who must exorcise and clean out buildings inhabited by ghosts and spirits.

All manner of things affect property values. Can you hear traffic noise? Are the neighbours a handful? Is the street rather run down?

It’s difficult when your biggest financial investment drops in price, but spare a thought for the residents of Sell Your Haunted House; nothing chases buyers away quite like lingering vengeful spirits.

What Is Sell Your Haunted House About?

Hong Ji-ah (Jang Na-ra) is CEO of Daebak Real Estate, a nocturnal company who exorcise the devaluing dead.


Aside from working with for hire ‘psychics’ (who become willingly possessed by the spirits so that they can be sent to the afterlife), Ji-ha lives a lonely life.

The spectre of her mother, murdered 20 years earlier, still looms over her, unable to move on. Enter unusually powerful psychic, and unrepentant conman, Oh In-beom (Jung Yong-hwa).

Sell Your Haunted House draws on a fun sparky central dynamic, the ability to tell episodic stories, and an intriguing overarching plot with secrets just waiting to be exposed.

Jang and Jung bounce off each other wonderfully. Ji-ah is a world weary and brutally direct woman clad head to toe in black and snarls, whereas In-beom is an overly talkative charmer always ready to twist any situation to his advantage.

Their combative relationship, which unsurprisingly turns a little romantic, drives a large amount of comedy and drama.

Not least of which when they at turns discover the secrets from both of their pasts that may just fill in the answers that each has been missing.

Supporting characters like a fashionista gangster, secretive mentor and manager at Daebak, and cheerful partner-in-crime, sweeten the mix.

The show also puts to use a great dramatic device: once a spirit has been exorcised their memories and personality linger on, typically within In-beom.

Thus many episodes are filled with him learning – and feeling – secrets that only the dead can keep.

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Is Sell Your Haunted House Worth Watching/

Oddly, throughout a 16 episode run with plenty of room, Sell Your Haunted House sometimes ditches this excellent concept for no clear reason other than apparently just extending the plot mysteries.

The exorcism of a murderer has the capacity for interesting drama, but yet the show sidesteps that one for no clearly defined reason.

With such subjects covered including the drain of dementia, suicide, murder, stalkers, and corporate sanctioned arson, Sell Your Haunted House skilfully balances frightening and horrible occurrences with just enough light-hearted elements to hit that melodrama sweet spot.

Jang Na-ra is the glue that holds it all together. Her tough as nails persona inspires fear in bullying thugs who want to buy out her property, but her addiction to buying things from daytime TV shows inspires haunted irritation from her long passed mother.

Jang is excellent at knowing exactly when, and by how much, to let her walls down. A small smile from her feels hard earned, but lights up the screen for its rarity.

By the back end of Sell Your Haunted House the episodic structure is dropped to go head first into the mystery of why Ji-ah’s mother – who died during a failed exorcism – still haunts her.

Why does Manager Joo want to hide the truth of what happened? Will property developer Do Hak-seong get his way and demolish the area, at any cost?

Put a ‘For Sale’ board up on your evenings and let Daebak Real Estate work its magic.

Words by Mike Record

Good

  • Great Dynamic Between The Central Characters
  • Episodic Structure Brings Varied Dramatic Subjects
  • Carefully Balanced Comedy And Darkness

Bad

  • Sometimes Breaks Its Own Rules For No Clear Reason /
  • Generic Main Antagonist
8.8

Great

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