Fine, Squid Game and House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths have different tones, but are they?
House of Secrets is a strange, shocking truth that exists within, among, and around us at all times. We’ve seen otherwise happy people seek the help of astrologers, babas, and even tantriks when they’re in trouble. Can we accurately predict when they will take a completely wrong turn? Or do you want to start acting in a dangerous way?
Squid Game takes a similar approach. It preys on our fears, our dark sides, and our desire to break free and have fun at any cost!
A lot of good Korean dramas and films are very dark in nature, bordering on voyeurism and appealing to the dark subconscious. They’ve caught up with the rest of the world in the last two decades, and not surprisingly, they’ve built a fan base. What caused this to occur? Because our ancestors lived in a time when paranormal and mildly dark rituals were not considered scientifically. They existed, and they were widely accepted and practiced.
Have we not heard of goat and even human sacrifices to keep a bridge from being washed away by floodwaters? Alternatively, building a temple near a location where there are frequent traffic accidents!
Both Squid Game and House of Secrets have a similar plot that takes place in public but in complete secrecy. The idea is to present these unnatural acts as something that would not be acceptable in a civilized society, but that everyone, knowingly or unknowingly, participates in.
This is about suffering in silence and believing that death will bring an end to all of your suffering. They never consider the people they leave behind.
One major difference is that the Squid game is all about visible violence, whereas House of Secrets is all about hidden violence, but aren’t they both inflicting pain on people they know, love, and like?
The idea of returning to our basic setup is something that drives both shows. It’s no longer magical realism, but the rawness of the idea of living, the process of survival.
So, reconsider, Squid Game and House of Secrets could be the same story!