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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters show perseverance and bravery in the face of terror.
Positive Role Models
Kyeong-hoon loves his daughter and wants to do right by her; he also works tirelessly to figure out the connections that will help the mystery get solved.
Main characters are primarily male and generally stereotypical (overworked detective, creepy cult leader, etc). Characters are of Korean descent.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters are killed in bloody, gory ways by large, muscled monsters. Burned bodies are shown in detail. People are torn to pieces in the street by monsters.
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"F--k," "s--t," "crap," "motherf--ker."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters seen smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hellbound is a Korean horror mystery series based on a web comic. In 2022, people begin receiving prophecies from "angels" stating that in five days, they will be killed. Each time, these decrees come true, in the form of brutal murders by terrifying, relentless monsters. It's also discovered that each victim was a criminal or a person who had sinned in some way. When it's violent, it's extremely violent, with bloody, gory murders that show victims' charred bodies in detail. Creatures rip human bodies apart. However, the bulk of the series is presented as a traditional detective series with lots of talking and investigating. There's talk of suicidal ideation, and foul language includes "crap," "f--k," and "s--t." Beyond the gore, the series explores a lot of philosophical questions about God, good, and evil, which may be of interest to curious teens.
Is It Any Good?
Between the sporadic and horrifying monster attacks, this series is a pretty compelling traditional detective story. Not unlike the first season ofTrue Detective, it explores how a man devastated by grief and trauma attempts to find peace by cracking a complicated case rife with religious questions. Plus monsters, of course; beastly creatures that look like Dementors on steroids and will stop at nothing in their quest. It also examines the role of social media in the news cycle; people don't know who to trust or what's real; it's also where the Arrowhead presents proof of its vigilante justice. Some teens will love the many philosophical questions posed in Hellbound, while others may want even more supernatural action.
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