Netflix has a new horror movie streaming and it has audiences too terrified to sleep. The film is titled The Wasteland, and it follows a family that has their "tranquility" upended while living "isolated from society" by a "horrific creature that would put the bounds that (tie) them to test." The Spanish-language only features three main characters, and runs just over an hour-and-a-half long, which makes it a quick watch before trying to tuck yourself in at night.
Reporting on the film, BGR notes that it has garnered some critical praise, with RogerEbert.com's Nick Allen writing, "All three performers give robust performances that demand a lot of reverence to the story's self-seriousness." He continued, "Even when The Wasteland gets a little dry, there is still the respite of a full-bodied performance." Miguel Romero Fernández of Cinemanía (Spain) added, "Without great fuss or technical fanfare, The Wasteland confronts us with our worst demons through the immense Inma Cuesta and Asier Flores' tremendously moving mother-child relationship."
A terrifying beast is feeding on the fear of a family living in isolation.— Netflix (@netflix) January 13, 2022
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Netflix has had a lot of luck with foreign-produced horror projects lately and even landed a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score with its newest horror series, Hellbound. The show has a 100% rating on the review aggregation site, indicating that the critics have overwhelmingly responded positively to it, as reported by ComicBook.com. It joins shows like Bates Motel, Breaking Bad and Penny Dreadful, all of which have seasons that are Certified Fresh with perfect 100% scores. "Summoned by the devilish imagination of writer-director Yeon Sang-ho, Hellbound leverages its terrifying concept to thoughtfully explore human fallibility, reads the RT Critics Consensus.
Hellbound, like the massively successful Netflix series Squid Game, is a South Korean-produced series. According to a synopsis of Hellbound, the series takes place in an alternate universe, "wherein supernatural creatures from hell suddenly materialize to drag humans to Hell. Bound to a metaphysical approach, it exposes the duality of not allowing your light to come forth and only slowing your dark to expose itself." The first few episodes follow "Jin Kyeong-hoon (Yang Ik-june), a detective investigating the happenings, and Jeong Jin-soo (Yoo Ah-in), the chairman of the New Truth." The final episodes "take place 5 years later" and focus on Bae Young-jae (Park Jeong-min), "a PD who has to struggle with the fact that his newborn baby is bound for hell."