Dark Hole (다크홀) is a thriller, mystery, fantasy and sci-fi; or in the words of the official trailer on Viki, a mutant human survival K-drama. It is directed by Kim Bong-joo; starring Kim Ok-Vin and Lee Joon-Hyuk in the lead roles. With 12 episodes coming to OCN and TVN every Friday and Saturday at 10.50pm, Western viewers can catch it on Viki afterwards.
Lee Hwa-Sun (Kim Ok-Vin) is a detective at the regional investigation unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. She receives a phone call from the person who murdered her husband. Lee Hwa-Sun then travels to Muji City. There, people inhale a mysterious dark smoke and turn into monsters. The residents in Muji City become terrified. Lee Hwa-Sun struggles to save people there and she also chases after her husband’s murderer.
Meanwhile, Yoo Tae-Han (Lee Joon-Hyuk) has lived in Muji City all of his life. He once worked as a detective, but he had to quit because of a case. He now works as a wrecker driver. His still has his strong of justice, while he is also easy going and a joker. Yoo Tae-Han now faces his city falling into chaos because of the dark smoke that causes people to turn into monsters. He joins Lee Hwa-Sun to save people in Muji City.Synopsis by AsianWiki
You can watch the Official Viki trailer: HERE
You can watch Episode 0 (Preview of Episode 1): HERE
You can watch the teaser for OCN x BUFFTOON: HERE
You can visit the website: HERE
You can watch it: HERE
My first impression of Dark Hole through the trailer and the teaser are the aspects of similarities to the shows Dark and The Mist, as well, as The Walking Dead on Netflix. The dark smoke seems to be able to ‘chase’ or ‘move on its own’ like The Mist. The atmosphere of the setting is dark and serious, striking some resemblance to Dark.
In addition, I thought it was going to be another zombie movie. However, it was said that the monsters were different from zombies since the ‘monsterification’ isn’t spread through bites or bodily fluids. Instead, it’s through the inhalation of the dark smoke inside ‘crystals’ that are broken.
In the trailer, teasers and episode 0, it shows that once the dark smoke enters the human body, their fearful eyes will shift black from the smoke. They lose their humanity, turning in to human mutants that hunt humans that aren’t exposed to the dark smoke yet. The dark smoke apparently causes traumatic fear to resurface in their mind.
It looks like there are three stages after being exposed to the dark smoke;
- The dark smoke takes over the eyes causing great fear, and turning them black.
- Hallucinations; dark smoke visible in the veins and displaying on the exterior as black lines, Highly irritable; will either kill others or kill themselves.
- Finally, the black smoke in the form of a tentacle will extend from one ear as they’re being controlled by something/someone. They’ll seep into the survivors to create and spread more fear and confusion among the surviving.