Much more than the substitute for ‘The Squid Game’: ‘Heading to Hell’ is unique and “leaves a deep impression”

Yeon Sang-ho’s series premieres on Netflix on November 19. It consists of 6 episodes with many touches of fantasy and supernatural beings.

Heading to hell premieres today on Netflix. It is a series from South Korea with a sadistic and fantasy touch, which has served to be compared to The Squid Game, the great phenomenon of the year for the streaming platform. But fiction is much more than that. It is created by director Yeon Sang-ho, the same one who swept Train to Busan, and those who have already seen it points to it as one of the fictions of the year.

“Although the CGI is a bit disappointing, the series is a work that leaves an impression deep enough to make up for it. There is no doubt that it will be the most talked about this winter“writes Kim Seong-hyeon in her review for YTN. She was one of the first to point to this new fiction and has been followed by many more who believe that Heading to hellHellbound in English – deserves to be seen.

“It goes from being a procedural to depicting outrage on social media, to a religious soliloquy and a Greek tragedy, narrowing the lens with each leap to tighten the screws of what it really means to live with such ruthless judgment,” he writes. Zosha Millman for Polygon. This could have resulted in a disorganized mess, but it doesn’t. “Instead, it’s intentional chaos, avoiding anything that allows the story to get too orderly.”

Critic Pierce Conran, from South China Morning Post, warns that it is difficult not to gut its plot, since it ensures that it manages to surprise the viewer. “It has a unique narrative structure, but explaining it can spoil some of the surprise.”, says Conran, “The ethical issues raised in the series are intense and timely and are sure to spark a lively debate.”

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As Kayti Burt tells in Den of Geek, the first scene – and the one that appears in the trailer – describes the essence of the series very well. Monsters that appear out of nowhere beat a man to death and then set him on fire with their supernatural powers. Around the event, many people take out their cell phones to record it and it goes viral. “People are understandably terrified and looking for answers that can fit their understanding of the world,” says the journalist.

As Detective Jin Kyeong-hoon (Ik-Joon Yang) seeks a rational explanation for what happened, the Saejinrihwe sect emerges with a charismatic leader. Jeong Jin-soo (Yoo Ah-in) gains a good handful of followers who believe that the assault of monsters is divine justice. In this way, Yeon Sang-ho manages to make a series about religious fanaticism, social networks and the extreme society in which we live.

Its first season will be available from November 19. If you want to enjoy other Netflix original series, here is a long list to consult.

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