‘Hellbound’ topped the category right after its release. ‘Arcane’ overtook it but it quickly regained its top position. It remained at the top for six consecutive days after November 22.
The craze of ‘Hellbound’ and other South Korean shows on Netflix:
Among the top 10 global TV series, the South Korean series ranked 1st. Other South Korean works such as ‘Squid Game’ ranked 6th, and ‘The King’s Affection’ ranked 8th.
Earlier, Netflix released its first global popularity ranking list on November 17, and ‘Squid Game’ topped the list with an aggregate of 1.65 billion hours of viewing over the first four weeks. Four other Korean shows made it to the top 10 with the historical romance ‘The King’s Affection’ coming in second with 14.1 million hours. The romantic comedy ‘Hometown Cha Cha Cha’ finished third with 13.8 million hours. The crime thriller ‘My Name’ was viewed for 10.8 million hours over the one-week period to place fifth.
Global fans had high hopes for the horror series Hellbound even before its release, but few envisioned such success. Some critics said its performance proves the growing popularity of South Korean dramas, or K-dramas, on the global stage, while some were concerned that it was a halo effect of Squid Game.
Story of ‘Hellbound’:
It’s a story about otherworldly beings who appear out of nowhere to issue a decree and condemn individuals to hell. These supernatural events cause great mayhem and enable the religious group The New Truth to grow in influence. A few people, however, become suspicious about its activities and begin investigating its involvement in mysterious events.
The thriller series, created by Yeon Sang-ho, the star director behind the celebrated film Train to Busan, received positive reviews on its novelty. It has a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a US review-aggregation website, that said “summoned by the devilish imagination of writer-director Yeon Sang-ho, Hellbound leverages its terrifying concept to thoughtfully explore human fallibility.” The rating was higher than Squid Game’s 94%.