'Hellbound' Review: Horror series is freakishly scary with bone-chilling visuals

Netflix's 'Hellbound' is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who dares to watch this horror series from South Korea


                            'Hellbound' Review: Horror series is freakishly scary with bone-chilling visuals
A still from 'Hellbound' (Instagram - @hongsick)

Netflix is back with yet another foreign horror series, this time in Korean. The series 'Hellbound' is directed by Yeon Sang-ho, based on a webtoon that he created of the same name. 

The supernatural horror series is an original Netflix release and is about death angels whose main incentives are to condemn people to hell. 'Hellbound' stars Yoo Ah-in, Kim Hyun-joo, Park Jeong-min, Won Jin-ah, and Yang Ik-june in lead roles, among others. 

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'Hellbound' walks us through a story about strange, supernatural beings who appear out of a portal to issue a decree, thereby condemning people who have sinned to hell. The arrival of these beings inevitably causes great chaos, disruption, and destruction. In time, the said events enable a religious group called The New Truth to grow in influence and gather a massive following.

In the busy streets of Seoul, horrific public murders, called "demonstrations," take place. All of these scenes are insanely gory, bloody and are sure to make one avert their gaze, so brace yourself. In each of the said demonstrations, these Hulk-looking beings condemn those who are hellbound and appear at the specified time to brutally kill the condemned, leaving the sinner burning alive, until they are nothing but a burnt corpse.

Meanwhile, the leader of a new religious organization called The New Truth, Jung Jinsu claims that only sinners are marked for condemnation. He adds that these occurrences are not coincidental; they represent the divine will to make humans righteous in their paths of life. A group of Jinsu's followers, the Arrowhead, plan and decide the form of punishment of said sinners, whilst the world becomes a horrifying, living hell.

We also see a great lawyer, Min Hyejin, who challenges Chairman Jung by claiming the demonstrations of those who are hellbound are supernatural occurrences but not just. Hyejin then joins a few of the people trying to protect the sinners, and go against the chaos instigated by The New Truth. We know that death is inevitable. One of the most shocking scenarios that you'll witness in this six episode series is how inhuman people can get. In the belief that sinners must get punished no matter what, reporters and journalists surrounded a single mother's house to document "the demonstration", while everyone just watched her get thrashed black and blue by the angels of death. This is the sad reality we all live with in the current societal setup where people are quick to judge but slow to forgive. But the horror series brings this to life in a supernatural setting to drive the message home.

Season 1 of 'Hellbound' was released on November 19, 2021, and can be streamed on Netflix
 

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