Death’s Game Review: Powerful New K Horror Brings Us Death and Destruction

The new K-horror series Death’s Game recently dropped on Amazon Prime Video and it should be your next South Korean obsession

Amazon Prime Video seems to be stepping up its game with South Korean content, especially Death’s Game. I mean, in my opinion, this is an absolute no-brainer. We only have to look at Netflix and the astronomical viewing numbers they are pulling in with shows like Squid Game, My Name, and the Glory. There’s just too many to mention. K Drama and K Horror have risen so much in popularity recently that other countries can’t keep up and Death’s Game is another series that will have people obsessed.

Death’s Game follows a man called Choi Yi-jae who has been let down by the world in every single way. He has spent his life working part-time jobs trying to help his mother who is in trouble with loan sharks but no matter how hard he tries, he is let down every single time. His crippling debt and his inability to get a decent job have pushed him to breaking point, so much so, he decides to end his own life. After his suicide, he is met by Death. She is not happy that he took his own life before his number was called. But Death being classic Death, (Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey) there is a game to be played. She offers him the chance to live again. He will be thrown and reincarnated into the lives of 12 different people, but all of these people are faced with imminent death. If Choi Yi-jae can try and figure out how to survive one of these 12 lives, he will get to live out the rest of his life in that body.

The best way I could describe Death’s Game is Quantum Leap – only Quantum Bleak! This is not a family show. And, yes, I do know this has nothing to do with Quantum physics and is about the afterlife and reincarnation. However, the premise is almost identical to Quantum Leap – just way more adult-themed. It offers us some amazing special effects and very effective, gruesome and creative deaths. Imagine Quantum Leap only the bodies you enter could be a psychopath, a cop, a serial killer and many more. And, of, course there is just so much more depth to the deaths in Death’s Game. Every person who is killed is connected in some way, it is wonderfully written with a very complex story. We also have some amazing top-notch performances from the entire cast.

I’d also like to point out that the depiction of Hell in Death’s Game is one of the best you’ll see. Miles of hideous cenobite-like creatures in flowing seas of red thick blood. This was a dark and sinister visual wonder.

Death’s Game stars Seo In-guk, Park So-dam, Choi Si-won, Kim Kang-hoon, Sung Hoon, Jang Seung-jo and Lee Jae-wook.

Like a lot of K Horror and K Drama, Death’s Game is based on a popular webtoon. here is some information from IMDb “Based on the webcomic “Yije Got Jookseummida” written by Lee Won-Sik & illustrated by Ggoolchan (published April 18, 2019 – July 16, 2020, via Naver)”.

You can check out the entire first season of Death’s Game on Amazon Prime Video. I am almost certain that this will be available to stream everywhere in the world as it is an Amazon Original. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. There are only 8 episodes so be prepared to BINGE!

I was shocked to learn about some of the titles on Amazon Prime. There are some hidden gems on there so I will be getting a list written as soon as possible. As always, thanks for reading.

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