Studio: Studio Dragon
Original Run: December 18, 2020
Genres: Apocalyptic, Horror, Drama
Run Time: 44-59 minutes
Created By: Netflix, Production Plan
Starring: Song Kang, Lee Jin-wook, Lee Si-young, Lee Do-hyun, Kim Nam-hee
Cha Hyun-su moves into the run-down Green Home by himself. Not long after, he witnesses a disturbing sight in his neighbor’s apartment.
Warnings: Gore, Extreme Violence, Death
I didn’t expect this series to be so good but it got me, it got me so good that I binged it and then I binged it again watching it with people that I shared it with. Sweet Home was exactly the kind of character-driven horror drama that I had been craving. I was enthralled, on edge, and wondering every episode how the characters could possibly survive with such terrifying monstrosities running rampant. It was such an interesting twist to the zombie monster horror genre.
The run-down and tight hallways of the apartment complex were both scary but also had a cozy feeling. I found myself caring for most of the main cast of characters. They were a wildly silly but wholly human cast with outstanding performances by the actors. The soundtrack and visuals were stunning, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel initially but once I got adjusted to the strange animations and overall style of the show I ended up really enjoying it.
My one complaint was how much the song Warriors by Imagine Dragons was played during every major triumphant scene. Don’t get me wrong, Imagine Dragons makes some good music, and having that consistency informs the audience that something big is happening, and in a tense horror story that can bring some comfort; but for fucks sake it became tiresome to keep hearing over and over. It harkened back to old shows that had theme songs that played every episode, but it quickly wore itself out.
It’s also hard for me to tell how close it is to the original webtoon, I’ve only read the first few chapters but I think they’d be different enough that both can be enjoyed separately. In all, a great show, and it really piqued my interest in Korean horror. Nobody is making horror like South Korea right now and I am loving this new wave of appreciation for Asian horror.
“When someone promises something and it’s nearly impossible to keep, there’s a good chance it’ll end up being a lie.”