The American film and television review website ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ has ranked Netflix Korea’s ‘Hellbound’ as the best horror series of 2021. The annual ‘Golden Tomato Awards,’ despite a lack of a traditional ceremony, honor the best-reviewed films and television series of the year.
According to the website, ‘Hellbound’ won the title of ‘Best Horror Series 2021’ with a critics rating of 97 percent. “Summoned by the wicked imagination of writer-director Yeon Sang-ho, Hellbound uses its scary concept to thoughtfully explore human fallibility,” says the ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus. The series was followed by ‘Evil: Season 2’ on Paramount+, ‘Calls: Season 1’ on Apple TV+, and Netflix’s ‘Midnight Mass: Limited Series’ on Netflix.
Helmed by director Yeon Sang-Ho of ‘Train to Busan’ fame, ‘Hellbound’ is a dark fantasy series based on a Webtoon of the same name written by the director himself. The six-part series is set in a universe where mysterious messengers from hell start coming on Earth without warning, punishing people to eternal punishment. Simultaneously, as it begins to play on people’s concerns, an emerging religion develops appeal.
The pilot episode for the series, starring Yoo Ah In, Kim Hyun Joo, Park Jeong Min, Won Jin Ah, and Yang Ik June, premiered at the ‘2021 Toronto International Film Festival,’ becoming the first Korean drama to do so. ‘Hellbound,’ which premiered on Netflix as an original series in November 2021, soon surpassed ‘Squid Game’ to become the most popular show on the site.
Hellbound’s Creator Talks About Show’s Squid Game Comparisons
Yeon Sang-ho, director of Train to Busan and creator of the hit Netflix show Hellbound, talks about the show’s recent comparisons to Netflix’s Squid Game, another extremely popular South Korean show.
Hellbound examines how modern society reacts to supernatural and unexplained events, and how those reactions may be worse than the events themselves. Beings appear on an alternate Earth and inform its citizens of their incipient deaths and the sins that will lead them to hell, causing mass hysteria.