Zombies, monsters, ghosts: K-dramas go spooky


'Zombie Detective' follows a zombie who pretends to be a human and works as a private detective. Photo: Handout

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).

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 (airs in Malaysia every Thursday at 8.45pm on tvn HD/Astro Ch 395)

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.

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 programmes featuring zombies and ghosts and mixing in comedy and romance to increase the scares and charm." – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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