Series watched during the Toronto Festival 2021
Unexpectedly and inadvertently, Hell Prophecy opens his narrative under a superb and daring level of tension. Its first minutes, filled with a torturous and muffled anguish, are the prelude to an insane narrative, which wastes no time in conquering us. And just as many dramas have done brilliantly, the new series of Yeon Sang-ho e Choi Gyu-seok captures us early, keeping its essence still under a cloud of mysteries. And drawing our enthusiasm with an explosive openness, she soon reminds us that the source of Round 6, there is always a new and intriguing tale for the audience to explore.
And sane it would be amazing. From the same hands that developed the popular franchise of zombie invasion, Sang-ho it doesn’t come back for less and arrives with a plot that fills us with initial questions, but it supplies a good part of them with a succession of emblematic events that hold us back in each new episode. Of course, with just 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 rise to a religious group based on the concept of divine justice. His approach aims at fanaticism/religious extremism, extracting random fragments of the Gospel in a disjointed way, just to support part of his narrative.
And while many might turn up their noses in fear that the show is something of a daydreaming 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) transforms one of humanity’s greatest fears into a terrifying experience, building its terror from a combination of science fiction and toxic religiosity – that distances itself from the true Gospel.
With amazing visual effects that surpass many Hollywood productions made for TV, Hell Prophecy it doesn’t let us rest and it always increases its fears and tensions in a staggered way. With excellent performances from a cast that is quite different from what we have in the West, the original series of Netflix reinforces the value of Korean cinematography, watered by unparalleled creativity and a lot of bold narrative. Bringing a dystopian and post-apocalyptic perspective on contemporary life, the series also addresses ethical and moral issues, providing reflections on human character, amidst the fear of death.