Cross burnings and religious fanaticism in Rescue Me’s eerie teaser
OCN’s newest thriller Rescue Me has released its first teaser. The drama is based on a dark psychological thriller webtoon called Out of the World, about a group of youths who end up becoming involved in taking down a mysterious religious cult that threatens to ruin the lives of the people around them. Taecyeon (Bring It On, Ghost) and Seo Ye-ji (Hwarang) star as the two leads. She plays the girl trapped in the cult who needs rescuing, and Taecyeon is the youth who feels a strange pull to save this stranger that he’s never met before. Lee David is reuniting with his Bring It On, Ghost co-star, and plays one of Taecyeon’s friends who helps with the rescuing.
The supporting cast list is even more eye-catching to me, peppered with experienced veterans who are regulars in dramaland: Jo Sung-ha (The K2) will play the charismatic cult leader who ends up controlling a small village, and Park Ji-young (The Liar and His Lover) and Jo Jae-yoon (Defendant) will play two of his loyal cult members.
The recently released teaser is composed of quick clips and a suffocating view that only shows us a tiny portion of the frame, which adds to the strange, chilling tone of the teaser. First we get shots of a long road leading to an isolated area, then we cut to Jo Jae-yoon’s unnaturally grinning face, which is followed by disturbing images of half-smiles, broken picture frames, and religious zealotry. A book titled “The Road to Salvation” is shown, and all the while, Jo Sung-ha’s voice narrates in the background: “Evil approaches in deceptively kind appearances. Believe in the new God and believe in me.”
Well, the subject matter is certainly novel in dramaland, so I’m looking forward to seeing if it delivers on its promise of shocking psychological thrills. Saturday-Sunday drama Rescue Me will premiere on OCN following Duel, starting August 8.