Parasyte: The Grey parents guide: How violent and gory is the body horror in the series?

Parasyte: The Grey
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If you're not watching Parasyte: The Grey, then what are you watching? Seriously! It's easily one of the best new releases on Netflix in April. In fact, it's one of the top shows on the streaming platform at the moment. Still need a little more convincing? Well, we're about to share with you everything there is to know about the new Netflix show below, including the parents guide and age rating.

Since the start of 2024, Netflix has been releasing a lot of Korean content on its platform. However, most of the Korean shows and movies that have been released so far are of the typical romantic drama or romantic comedy genre. That's why we were so excited about Parasyte: The Grey's release. This show is neither a romantic drama nor a romantic comedy. Instead, it's of the sci-fi horror genre.

It's based on the bestselling Japanese manga Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki, and is from Hellbound director Yeon Sang-ho. The story is set in a fictional city in South Korea called Namil. One day, a bunch of mysterious parasitic creatures begin falling from the sky and infecting humans by killing them and taking over their bodies. The parasitic organisms' goal? To take over humanity. This leads to an anti-parasite task force being formed called Team Grey, which job is to eradicate all the unidentified parasites.

The first season mainly centers on a young woman named Su-in, who becomes infected by a parasite but not completely. Since the parasite wasn't able to take over her brain, Su-in is forced into a weird coexistence with it. Meanwhile, a young gang member named Kang-woo searches for his missing younger sister. While on his search, he meets Su-in and they form an alliance, something that is needed during a time where humans and parasites are at war. The cast comprises Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, Lee Jung-hyun, Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim In-kwon, and others.

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What is Parasyte: The Grey rated?

The new Korean series is rated TV-MA, which means it's meant to be viewed by mature, adult audiences only. Given what the show is about, this age rating makes sense. It was given a TV-MA age rating for gore, strong language, smoking, and graphic violence. Obviously, this type of content would be considered inappropriate for younger audiences to be watching. So, this definitely isn't the type of show you'd want to watch with kids around.

We strongly recommend waiting until they're asleep or occupied with a kids' show or movie before watching this series. I promise that once you start this show, you won't want to be interrupted. It's that good!

When it comes to gore and violence, expect to see a lot of this in the sci-fi horror series. When a human is taken over by a parasite, it turns into a tentacled creature with blades at the tips. The now-parasitic creature begins killing people by swinging these blades around and slicing people open or cutting off their heads. Blood is then splattered everywhere. The other time you'll see blood in the show is when humans kill parasites with their guns or other weapons. Honestly, there are too many violent scenes in the first season to count, and just the transformation of a human to a parasite can be creepy to watch.

Here’s a list of scenes in Parasyte: The Grey season 1 that some people might think are too much and wouldn't be okay with watching:

  • A worm-like parasite enters the ear of a human. The human's eyes then swirl around in his head before they go back into the right position.
  • Multiple tentacled creatures slice open humans with their blades.
  • A woman's neck is sliced open by a parasite, and blood is splattered on someone nearby.
  • A man repeatedly stabs a woman with a knife.
  • A parasite slices a man in half from his chest up to his face.
  • A bunch of cut-up body parts is shown in containers.
  • Many dead bodies are shown in bags hanging up in a room.
  • Blood pools from a human's mouth after he's stabbed in the chest by a parasite.
  • A woman's ear is cut off by a parasite.
  • Bloody dismembered body parts are shown in a warehouse.
  • A man repeatedly stabs another person with a knife and blood pools on the person's shirt.
  • Two different scenes show human heads being cut off by a parasite. The bloody heads then roll on the ground.
  • A woman's bloody dead body is shown lying on the ground.
  • A bloody headless body is shown.

Overall, Parasyte: The Grey is definitely not for the faint-hearted. There are many scenes in this series that will make faint-hearted people cringe or close their eyes. But for the horror buffs, you'll absolutely enjoy this show.

Parasyte: The Grey season 1 is streaming now only on Netflix.

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