The Bequeathed

The Bequeathed

TV-MA

netflix

Inheritance turns deadly in this countryside horror series haunted by the family’s history of shamanism

7.6

TV Show

South Korea
Korean
Crime, Drama, Mystery
2024
MIN HONG-NAM
Hyun Bong-sik, Kim Hyun-joo, Park Byung-eun
50 min

TLDR

Well, guess who’s not gonna sleep tonight?

What it's about

After the death of an uncle she barely knew, aspiring professor Yun Seo-ha inherits the family burial ground, revealing her family’s dark secrets, as well as a string of unexpected murders.

The take

Succession, whether that be of family assets or of job titles, is always a tricky situation to navigate– often, those choosing a successor would have to check in with the possible choices next in line in order to make sure there are no resentment, otherwise, it could drive the hillside horror present in The Bequeathed. From passive-aggressive co-workers to mourning relatives, Yoon Seo-ha is having a terrible time dealing with the succession situation, both being resented by a superstitious half-brother for the land and resentful of a co-worker who got promoted before her. It’s so easy to suspect potential rivals, especially when murder strikes those around you, but The Bequeathed also recognizes something scarier– the fear of what you could do with that resentment.

What stands out

The cast is not the glamorous ensemble we’re used to in other Korean dramas, but that’s sort of the point. Shaman half-brother Kim Young-Ho easily looks like the prime suspect with Ryu Kyung-Soo’s slouched demeanor, deep voice, and bloody talismans, but village chief Yuk Sung-Soo also stands much to gain from the sale of the land, especially with Kim Jae-Bum’s eerily wide smile. But it’s Kim Hyun-joo as Yoon Seo-ha that easily carries the show, stepping out of the righteous lead roles she usually gets typecasted in.

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