5 Dark and Disturbing 2021 Kdramas to Add on Your Binge-Watch List

Jung Hae In D.P.
Dark Hole
Penthouse 3
Penthouse 3 KDrama
Law School
Law School Kdrama
Yoo Ah In Hellbound
Disturbing Kdramas 2021
Dark Kdramas 2021
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Apart from all-time favorite rom-com and healing series, dark and intense K-dramas have been dominating the chart these past years.

To name a few, the 2018 SBS series "Sky Castle" took the world by storm with its satirical take on the elite lifestyle. Joining the list is the OCN drama released in 2019, "Strangers From Hell," starring Im Shi Wan and Lee Dong Wook.

It is safe to say that this 2021, the biggest broadcast network in Korea, gave the audience a variety of genres to choose from.

However, if you are into psychological and thriller series, here are five dark and disturbing 2021 K-dramas which will put you at the edge of your seat.


D.P Teaser
(Photo : Netflix Korea Instagram)
(Photo : Netflix Korea Official Instagram)

Released on August 27, starring Jung Hae In and Goo Kyo Hwan, "D.P" gained the viewers' attention because of its storyline that focuses on the lives of soldiers and military personnel.

Private soldier Ahn Jun Ho and his buddy Corporal Han Ho Yul were members of the military defector arrest team and were tasked to capture deserters.

Apart from the action-packed scenes, "D.P," short for Deserter Pursuit, highlights the struggles and social issues, including bullying, harassment, and abuse scandals.

The six-episode series can still be streamed via Netflix.

'Dark Hole'

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Dark Hole

OCN's horror thriller drama made a debut on April 30, which stars Lee Joon Hyuk as the tow truck driver Yoo Tae Han and Kim Ok Bin, who took on the role of police detective Lee Hwa Sun.

"Dark Hole" illustrates a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic setting as they try to endure and get through the pandemonium after humans transform into creepy creatures.

'Penthouse 3'

Penthouse 3
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Penthouse 3
(Photo : SBS Drama Official Instagram)

From one thriller Kdrama to another, let's now move to the most talked-about revenge-driven series that highlights rivalry, greed, and self-indulgence.

"Penthouse 3" follows the story of families living in the affluent 100 story building as they battle for more power and wealth.

Lead stars Eugene, Lee Ji Ah, and Kim So Yeon portray the queens of Hera Palace Oh Yoon Hee, Shim Su Ryeon, and Cheon Seo jin, while Uhm Ki Joon took on the role of evil chairman Joo dan Tae.

"The Penthouse" season 3 became a massive hit due to its unpredictable storyline that left the viewers guessing who would die next.

READ MORE: 'Penthouse 3' Star Eugene Talks About Playing Oh Yoon Hee + Share Thoughts Regarding the Character's Tragic Death

'Law School'

Law School Cast
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Probably a lowkey disturbing Kdrama this 2021, "Law School" highlights a crime that happened inside Hankuk University Law School, where students and faculties were allegedly involved.

Kim Myung Min, who took on the role of the criminal law professor Yang Jong Hoon was initially the primary suspect for the alleged murder of his colleague.

"Law School" cast also includes Kim Bum as freshman law student Han Joon Hwi with Ryu Hye Young as Kang Sol A.


‘Hellbound’ to Premiere in Toronto International Film Festival
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‘Hellbound’ to Premiere in Toronto International Film Festival

Last on the list is the upcoming mystery horror Kdrama is "Hellbound" with Yoo Ah In, Park Jung Min, Kim Hyun Joo, and Won Jin Ah.

The six-episode series is set to premiere in November, giving the audience a round of heart-stopping scenes helmed by the "Train to Busan" PD Yeon Sang Ho.

It depicts the story of Jung Jin Soo (Yoo Ah In) and his newly founded religion Saejinrihwe. He gains popularity by predicting phenomena such as catastrophe and even death.

IN CASE YOU MISSED:Yoo Ah In's Upcoming Netflix Series 'Hellbound' to Premiere in Toronto International Film Festival

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Written by Geca Wills

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