Netflix Scores 100% On Rotten Tomatoes With New Sci-Fi Horror Series

By Nikola Pajtic | Published

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The latest offering on Netflix is a Korean sci-fi horror series Parasyte: The Grey, based on the popular manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki. The show debuted on April 5, and to strong critical reception, with a perfect 100% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. 

Parasyte: The Grey On Netflix

Early reviews paint a glowing picture for Parasyte: The Grey. Critics across the board have given the Korean sci-fi horror thriller a perfect score, praising its take on the horror experience, while also praising its faithfulness to the source material. 

In addition to the show’s gore moments, the critics have praised the story of a woman Su-in who coexists with her parasite, saying that this will also keep the viewers interested in the series and not just the suspense and gore horror at its core. 

Deviating From Source Material

This is also where the series deviates from the source material, focusing on the woman and her relationship with the parasite. It gives the viewers a drama that will hook them on the show, instead of just waiting for new gore scenes.

Despite the perfect score, some reviews say that Parasyte: The Grey, although well-executed, doesn’t break new ground in a genre already saturated with similar ideas of alien invasion and monstrous transformation. 

South Korean Sci-Fi Horror Series

The South Korean sci-fi horror series is directed and co-written by Yeon Sang-ho of Train to Busan fame. It is a live-action spin-off of the manga Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki. The core concept of Parasyte: The Grey remains true to the manga, with parasitic creatures descending from space, taking over human bodies and turning them into monstrous beings. 

Fans Of Original Manga Will Be Happy

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Developed under the working title The Grey, the production was handled by Climax Studio and Wow Point. The lead roles went to Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, and Lee Jung-hyun.

The fans of the original manga and anime adaptation will be quite happy to know that Masaki Suda, who portrayed the protagonist in the anime adaptation, made a special appearance in the Netflix adaptation. 

Unique Take On Parasitic Invasion

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While the sci-fi horror genre is full of flesh-hungry zombies and monstrous body snatchers, Parasyte: The Grey offers fresh blood with a unique take on parasitic invasion. Instead of complete domination, Su-in forms a bizarre co-existence with her parasite, creating a rather odd and complex relationship. 

Moreover, Su-in’s parasite acts like a twisted guardian angel in this symbiotic twist, adding mystery to the show, overwhelmed with gore and tense horror moments. This sets Parasyte: The Grey apart from the saturated world of horror. 

Parasyte: The Grey Season 2?

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So far, the viewers have been treated to only six episodes. The limited run has certainly helped the positive reviews, meaning there is no time wasting. Having such a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score, Parasyte: The Grey will likely get a new season, as there are more stories to tell, and the fight between the government’s special forces team and parasites continues to rage on. 

Unfortunately, for now, there is no news on season two of the latest sci-fi horror, but many will be craving for the sequel once they dive into the deep horrors of the popular manga adaptation.