The dystopian thriller “Squid Game” on Netflix is terrifying enough, but when you learn that its narrative is based on historical events, it becomes even scarier. The South Korean language series follows 456 cash-strapped people who are chosen to take part in a series of dangerous games in order to get out of debt. these games (derived from real-life games played by South Korean inhabitants as children) appear to be simple enough, but the competitors’ true nature is revealed when they learn there is no elimination. Only death exists.
The nine-part series, which was initially envisioned as a feature film, has racked up 111 million views since its September launch, making it the streamer’s most popular release to yet. Hwang Dong-“Squid hyuk’s Game,” directed and written by him, has become an international sensation. In just a few weeks, it has taken over modern society, creating a torrent of jokes, extravagant Halloween costumes, and a sweets craze equal to the Dalgona coffee craze of 2019.