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Hellbound: How to watch and what to know about this Netflix series

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Season 1 of Hellbound is now on Netflix.


Want to watch an unnerving, well-reviewed South Korean horror series that surprised many by its on Netflix? Believe it or not, we aren’t talking about

, which arrived on Netflix on Nov. 19, is the streaming service’s new darling. Here’s what you need to know. 

Warning: Some plot spoilers ahead.

What’s Hellbound about?

In an alternate reality version of Earth, South Koreans are told the exact time they will die and that they are condemned to hell. Then the decrees come true, both horribly and violently.

Early episodes focus on Jin Kyeong-hoon (played by Yang Ik-june), the police detective assigned to investigate these creepy murders, which seem to have a connection to a cult called the New Truth Society run by Jeong Jin-soo (Yoo Ah-in). The detective’s own daughter, Jin Hee-jeong (Lee Re) is involved with the cult.

Later episodes focus on a production director named Bae Young-jae (played by Park Jeong-min) and his newborn baby, who is apparently hellbound. But since the people previously condemned to hell have been declared sinners and criminals, how can a newborn fit the bill? 

How to watch Hellbound

You’re going to need Netflix to tune in to the six-episode series. (Read .) Hellbound is a Netflix original drama, made in South Korea but dubbed into English. 

Warning: It’s very violent and disturbing — maybe more so than , where the violence somehow felt less personal. This trailer gives you a sense of the show’s shock level.