Netflix first impressions | Hell’s Prophecy is the new Korean series for Round 6 lovers

Series viewed during the 2021 Toronto Film Festival

Unexpectedly and inadvertently, Prophecy of Hell opens its tale under a superb and daring level of tension. Its first minutes, filled with a tortured and felted anguish, are the prelude of a senseless story, which does not take long to conquer us. And just as many dramas have done brilliantly, Yeon Sang-ho and Choi Gyu-seok’s new series captures us early on, keeping its essence still under a cloud of mystery. And capturing our excitement with an explosive opening, she soon reminds us that from the source of Round 6, there is always an intriguing new story for audiences to explore.

And sane, that would be amazing. From the same hands that developed the popular Zombie Invasion franchise, Sang-ho doesn’t come back for less and comes up with a plot that fills us with initial questions, but provides many of them with a succession of iconic events that hold us back with. each new episode. Of course, with only three chapters watched, it’s hard to say where the plot will take us, but here supernatural creatures send individuals to hell in bloody damnation, giving birth to a religious group based on the concept of divine justice. . His approach targets religious fanaticism / extremism, extracting random fragments of the gospel in disjointed ways, just to buttress part of his narrative.

And while many might lift their noses lest the show be somehow a dreamy critique of Christianity, one has to disagree for obvious reasons. Mixing religious syncretism with threads linked to the Christian religion, the production (at least for now) turns one of humanity’s greatest fears into a terrifying experience, building its terror out of a combination of science fiction and toxic religiosity – which strays from the true gospel.

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With surprising visual effects that surpass many Hollywood productions made for television, Prophecy of Inferno does not leave us at rest and always increases their fears and tensions in a quirky way. With excellent performances from a cast far from what we have in the West, the Netflix original series reinforces the value of Korean cinematography, filled with unprecedented creativity and plenty of bold storytelling. Bringing a dystopian and post-apocalyptic perspective on contemporary life, the series also tackles ethical and moral questions, offering reflections on human character, amid the fear of death.

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