Svaha: The Sixth Finger is a new movie on Netflix. It’s a thriller mystery from South Korea and we do tend to love Korean movies. This is one of the better ones but does start out very slow. Still, there’s plenty of reason to watch it. Read more in our Svaha review and watch it on Netflix!

Svaha: The Sixth Finger is a new Korean thriller on Netflix. Actually, it’s more of a thriller mystery and (of course) it’s from South Korea to be precise. It’s no secret that we do have a fondness of movies from South Korea. Of course, that’s also why we love the fact that Netflix is getting more and more of these Korean movies.

The production quality is impeccable and movies from South Korea do tend to have brilliant characters and fascinating storylines. See other reviews of Korean movies here >

While Svaha: The Sixth Finger is definitely one of the better movies from South Korea, it’s not quite a new favorite, but it does come close. Find out why you should watch it on Netflix in our Svaha: The Sixth Finger review below.

Murder and cults in South Korea

Honestly, Svaha does seem to have it all if you like a good thriller mystery. From the rather strange religious groups to the actual cult-like people and murders. What more do you need?

Well, how about someone literally chasing eternal life?! Yeah, you’ll get that as well from Svaha: The Sixth Finger.

Also, there is a distinct vibe of the brilliant South Korean movie The Wailing (2016). This alone should be enough reason for you to watch it on Netflix as soon as possible.

It’s not quite on the same level as The Wailing, for me, but still well worth your time. Also, it’s quite a lot shorter. The one big drawback is the fact that it starts out very slow and with many characters. This makes it a bit of a difficult movie to watch at first, but the final act more than makes up for it.

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The cast of Svaha: The Sixth Finger

Lee Jung-jae stars as Pastor Park and delivers a perfect performance. He’s not very likable at first but that’s part of the story. If you’ve watched the 2010 thriller The Housemaid, then you’ll recognize Lee Jung-jae from that one.

Pastor Park might be a man of religion but overall Svaha is very critical of religion. Not of faith or God, but of religion and those who use people in the name of God. That’s a very important distinction and essential to the story.

Also, if you’ve watched the original Oldboy (2003) and Lady Vengeance (2005), then you’ll recognize the actor Yu Ji-tae as well. If you haven’t watched these two iconic South Korean movies, then you really need to. They’re directed by Park Chan-wook and made him an internationally acclaimed director.

Overall, it doesn’t matter if you’ll recognize any of the cast members. Just know that they all deliver stellar performances which make every element of Svaha: The Sixth Finger come together.

 Svaha: The Sixth Finger on Netflix now!

Jang Jae-hyun wrote and directed this movie. Svaha is only his second feature film and third project since he started with a short film in 2015. As a screenwriter, he also wrote the screenplay for the horror-thriller Si-gan-wi-ui jib (2017).

If you’re curious about South Korean horror and thriller movies, check out our list of must-see Korean horror and thriller movies here >

Of course, you could just start out by watching Svaha: The Sixth Finger on Netflix now. It’s one hell of an interesting ride and should give you a good idea of the filmmaking style of South Korea. Especially the fact that the production quality is always extremely high!

Finally, while this isn’t listed as a horror movie, it certainly does have quite a lot of horror elements. It’s one creepy movie that should satisfy those of you looking for horror on Netflix.

Svaha: The Sixth Finger is out on Netflix in several countries from May 30, 2019.


Director: Jae-hyun Jang
Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Jung-jae Lee, Min Tanaka


Pastor Park works to expose suspicious religious groups. He’s hired to look into the cult group Deer Mount. Meanwhile, Police Captain Hwang investigates a murder case and the main suspect is a member of the Deer Mount cult.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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