After Squid Game and Hellbound rising to fame all over the world, it is not a wonder if you are looking for similar thrillers to watch. Thanks to all thriller lovers, there are a bunch of Korean dramas on Netflix that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout! Perfectly binge-worthy and audience approved, we bring to you some of the best thrillers from South Korea.
Cults have always been a topic of interest when it comes to thriller dramas and ‘Save Me’ uses this trope perfectly. When Sang Mi’s father loses everything after his business fails, their whole family moves to the countryside in Muji-gun. The family start getting their life back together with sang mi and her brother attending school, her father starting work and her mother finding a good house. However, when her brother commits suicide because of bullying at school, their whole life falls apart. Her parents find hope in a cult headed by the spiritual father Baek Jung Ki, who is every bit creepy as he is charming. What starts as a story about a family trying to find hope soon takes a dark turn for Snag Mi as she becomes captured by them, unable to leave.
Filled with thrill and suspense, ‘Save Me’ is the perfect drama to counter all your thrill needs. The characters are written in-depth, and you get a good look into the psyche of what makes a cult and how it becomes influential. The show pays good attention to ensuring there are no plot holes and explores the experience of those brainwashed by cults versus those who are trying to escape it.
Inspired by the events of the current covid pandemic, the story starts in the real world, with people still trying to adjust to the new way of life. However, things take a turn for the worst when a new virus is discovered- one that reduces people to nothing but bloodthirsty zombies. The communicable diseases’ spread forces people back into their houses. However, when the virus starts taking over the city, Yoon Sae Bom, a member of the special police squad and Jung Yi Hyun, a detective who just moved into their new apartment complex, must find a cure or a way to stop it.
The show depicts the struggle and psychological battle of the residents of the apartment complex as they try to survive and make it out alive. The show captures the panic of the pandemic perfectly, exploring the way people behave when faced with adverse conditions. The dark yet gripping drama has one of the best castings out there.
Flower of Evil
What happens when the person you thought you knew turns into a person you couldn’t ever imagine them to be? The perfect father and husband, Baek Hee-Sung is not who he seems. And when Cha Ji-Won, his wife, starts investigating a murder case from 15 years ago, she starts discovering who her husband is- a serial killer and a fugitive who is living under a stolen identity.
The pretty fast-paced show depicts what it is like to be the child of a serial killer and live in their shadow. It explores the psychological effects of not getting psychological help when needed and how it shapes individuals. The characters are magnetic, and you will find yourself falling in love with them. For lovers of thrillers who do not mind a little romance coupled in, the Flower of Evil is one of the best Korean dramas on Netflix out there.
Strangers from Hell
Strangers From Hell or Other People are Hell is a psychological thriller, based on the comic book by the same name. The binge-worthy series revolves around Yoon Jong-Woo, a crime-fiction writer from a small town that comes to Seoul when his senior offers him a job opportunity. With his sick brother and single mother depending on him for their survival, Yoon Jong is scarred financially. Unable to find anywhere to live in the big and expensive city, he settles for a small communal residence called Eden. Despite his dislike towards the quality of the room and his neighbours- all of whom seem shady and dark, he decides to stay there for 6 months. What follows is a dark thriller that is one of the best Korean dramas on Netflix.
The show captures the essence of financial struggle pretty well, depicting the harsh realities of moving out of your house, closer to work, for realising your dreams. It follows the psych of those who struggle being alone mentally, by exploring the relationship that Yoon Jong has with his girlfriend, boss, and neighbours. Perfect for those who enjoy crime and psych thrillers, strangers from hell can be watched for free on a TV aerial. Click here to get one installed by professionals.