K-drama Dark Hole: horror survival series digs itself into messy quagmire

a person standing in front of a car: Kim plays a cop on the trail of a serial killer in Dark Hole. © Provided by South China Morning Post Kim plays a cop on the trail of a serial killer in Dark Hole.

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We were unceremoniously deprived of most of a not-quite-zombie horror drama when Joseon Exorcist was axed earlier this year, but that itch is ready to be scratched again with Dark Hole, a new 12-episode horror drama from OCN that has concocted its own breed of zombie-like creatures.

Dark Hole takes place in a country town called Muji. Kim Ok-vin, known for Park Chan-wook's twisted vampire fable Thirst and the action flick The Villainess , stars as Lee Hwa-sun, a surly Seoul detective who winds up in Muji in search of a serial killer. She arrives just as a mysterious smoke spills down from the forest and begins turning people into violent monsters.

The source of the smoke is a large and deep hole up in the forest and within the smoke is a kind of black dust that slaloms through the air in search of prey. Once it finds a host, the dust enters through an orifice and takes over. The victim's eyes go black and they start to imagine everyone around them is the darkest figure of their past, one that they become hell-bent on killing.

K-drama Dark Hole: horror survival series digs itself into messy quagmire