Netflix Series Review: “Gyeongseong Creature” Is A Gripping “Must-See”

Gyeongseong Creature

January 17, 2024

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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The K-horror series “Gyeongseong Creature” has arrived on Netflix, offering a thrilling blend of historical drama, monstrous horror, and poignant romance. Set in 1945 Seoul, then known as Gyeongseong, the series plunges us into darkness and desperation, where a terrifying creature emerges from the shadows.

While the premise is captivating, the series does come with a caveat: the CGI depiction of the monster falls short. Its hulking, mutated form lacks the polish and menace seen in other contemporary K-horror productions. However, if you can look past this visual misstep, you’ll find a show brimming with strengths.

Director Jeong Dong-yun excels in character development, weaving rich backstories for both heroes and villains. Each individual feels profoundly human and compelling, from the stoic Jang Tae-sang ( Park Seo-Joon) to the fiercely determined Yoon Chae-ok (Han So-hee). Their struggles resonate, making their fight for survival against the monstrous threat, both human and not, all the more gripping. And while much of the series is filled with horrors and suffering, it is, in places, incredibly beautiful.

Action sequences are another highlight. They are delivered with impressive choreography and fast-paced energy. The series keeps you on the edge of your seat, from heart-stopping chase scenes to tense hand-to-hand combat.

But “Gyeongseong Creature” is more than just a thrilling spectacle. It also delves into complex themes of love, loss, and the horrors of humanity. The series uses the monstrous creature as a metaphor for the atrocities committed during Japan’s occupation of Korea, drawing inspiration from the real-life horrors of Unit 731, which saw the death of over 200,000 innocent victims. While these elements are deeply disturbing, they serve as a powerful reminder of the darkness that can reside within our own species.


Despite the shaky CGI monster, “Gyeongseong Creature” is a captivating series that deserves your attention. The well-developed characters, exciting action sequences, and exploration of important historical themes make it a worthwhile watch. Just be prepared for a few visual bumps along the way. It’s a series that you should add to your watch list right now, a “must-see!”



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