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Horrors, zombie thrillers set to attract TV viewers in coming weeks

All News 11:00 October 02, 2020

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- On chilly fall nights, monsters, ghosts and zombies are poised to thrill or even scare South Korean TV viewers and binge-watchers.

The horror show "Sweet Home," based on a famous web cartoon with the same title, will be released on Netflix later this year.

The series is about a student who faces scary experiences after moving into a new apartment, where its residents turn into monsters.

It has drawn wide attention from viewers as the Netflix debut by renowned South Korean director Lee Eung-bok, best known for his smash-hit TV series "Goblin: The Lonely and Great God" (2016) and "Mr. Sunshine" (2018).

A screenshot from "Tale of the Nine Tailed" by tvN (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Starring Lee Dong-wook and Jo Bo-ah, the fantasy romance "Tale of the Nine Tailed" features a male "gumiho," or a nine-tailed fox, referring to a fairy-tale creature that transforms its appearance into an attractive person to seduce boys.

The fox, which disguises itself as a human, settles in a city in the 21st century and confronts a producer who looks after the mysterious creature. It will premiere on Oct. 7 through tvN.

The comedy zombie drama "Zombie Detective," which first aired last week on KBS, follows a zombie who pretends to be a human and works as a private detective. It caught the eyes of Korean viewers for its fresh setting and story that breaks the stereotype of zombies with the comical acting of Choi Jin-hyuk.

A poster of "Zombie Detective" provided by KBS (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Experts said scary series and shows are no longer summer vacation hits these days.

"If they are well-made, horror shows can appeal to TV audiences any season," culture critic Jeong Deok-hyun said. "But producers have been making some changes in programs featuring zombies and ghosts and mixing in comedy and romance to increase the scares and charm."


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