There isn’t much to go by in terms of online descriptions, so I had to check this out myself and was pleasantly surprised by how thrilling and eerie it truly is. I would have assumed a drama centring around high schoolers wouldn’t be as dark, but this drama gives me movie vibes with real suspense.
About a group of four boys, Han Sang Hwan (Ok Taecyeon), Suk Don Chul (Woo Do Hwan), Woo Jung Hoon (Lee David), and Choi Man Hee (Ha Hoe Jung) that skip out on school on most days and wind up getting into trouble by hitting the karaoke room or just ditching class to eat, they meet a family from Seoul who plan to move into their little town on a stormy night.
The family in question is clearly on the run from someone or perhaps due to an unfortunate event, they’ve had to flee since they seem on edge when they enter the small town. While making it to their new home they discover that it’s run down and deserted – their father’s business gone bankrupt and conned by someone close to him. Ouch.
As a result, they move onto a farm with housing for workers as their father tries to work enough to beat it out of there, but what they soon learn is that the town members, especially the elders of the town including the head farmer, are all members of a religious organization that’s clearly a cult and has deep, sinister ties.
The boys encounter their mystery girl in an alleyway a few years later one night after a tragic accident in high school, where she whispers, “save me” spiralling them into something horrific and terrifying as her family become victims to the cult.
Talk about creepy but in the best way possible. While a lot of K-dramas have been centring on political corruption due to real political issues that have occurred in SK inspiring many drama writers, this drama delves into supernatural and religious practices; the cult is entirely fictional, but what makes it terrifying is the fact that it resembles real religious practices and notions that exist.
I love the synergy of the boys because there’s no traces of forced acting or awkwardness, they seem like real boys and their relationship comes across naturally – not an easy feat and I feel as if I’m intruding into their lives or wanting to be apart of their little group. So I have to hand it to OCN, this might just be the best suspense thriller currently out there in Kdramaland.
With many people enjoying the drama so far, and the positive reviews and feedback, Rescue Me should definitely be added to your list of dramas since it offers beautiful cinematography, spot on soundtrack, and excellent casting.