Just in case you didn’t know, Asian horror puts American horror to shame, so it’s time to broaden your horizons. South Korea, in particular, has emerged as a major force in the genre by practically inventing a new sub-genre of revenge-themed psychological thrillers. Train to Busan, for example, broke records and became the country’s top-grossing films of all time (and an international hit as well). This article will show you the list of best Korean horror movies of all time.
Train To Busan
Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie apocalypse action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho a. The film mostly takes place on a train to Busan, as a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out in the country and compromises the safety of the passengers. Train to Busan has been described as one of the most underrated horror movies that only the biggest movie buffs know about, and luckily for all of us, it’s available to stream on Netflix right now. At first glance, it just seems like just another basic zombie movie: virus breaks out, people struggle to get away before they become lunchmeat. Nothing special, right? WRONG. Unlike in other zombie flicks, the character development and the acting in the film is quality and the cinematography is top notch. There’s a reason it’s gone on to become the 8th highest grossing best Korean horror movies of all time.
The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. With The Handmaiden, it is perfect; every frame handcrafted to perfection. It is inspired from the novel Fingersmith by Welsh writer Sarah Waters, with the setting changed from Victorian era Britain to Korea under Japanese colonial rule. It is a crazily imaginative and beautiful movie by Chan-wook Park, who is at the top of his game in this story of a pickpocket that tries to steal the fortune of a naive, innocent rich woman that has been secluded in a mansion in the middle of nowhere.
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek is a 2013 South Korean mystery film written and directed by Huh Jung in his feature directorial debut. It revolves around two families who believe strangers to be living in hiding in their homes, and struggle to fight back. Sung-soo is a successful businessman who lives with his wife Min-ji and their children in a luxury apartment. Life is mostly good, except for an older brother from whom he’s estranged.One day, Sung-soo receives a phone call that his brother is missing and goes to his brother’s apartment building for the first time in decades to look for him. There, he finds strange symbols carved into every door and meets Joo-hee and her young daughter. Joo-hee is convinced that someone is spying on them and lives in constant fear.
The Silenced is the pretty good movies of best Korean horror movies list. It is a 2015 South Korean mystery-thriller film written and directed by Lee Hae-young. The story takes place in 1938 with Korea under Japanese colonial rule. Like The Handmaiden, The Silenced is a Gothic story about female oppression and how its protagonists struggle and fight against it. It all starts with the title. Its English language title “The Silenced” literally implies that the girls at the centre of this story are the “silenced” ones, a reflection of how females are always the ones whose voices are silenced in society.
A Tale Of Two Sisters
A Tale of Two Sisters isn’t the newest Korean horror film, but it’s certainly one of the best Korean horror movies of all time IMDB. It is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror drama film written and directed by Kim Jee-woon. The film is inspired by a Joseon Dynasty era folktale entitled Janghwa Hongryeon jeon, which has been adapted to film several times. It follows two sisters who, after returning home from a mental institution, find themselves surrounded by a cruel stepmother, vengeful ghosts, and unexpected revelations about their family’s dark past. The movie became the highest-grossing Korean horror film of its time, even landing itself an American remake that was renamed The Uninvited, starring Emily Browning and Elizabeth Banks.
The Wailing is one of the best Korean horror movies of all time. It is a 2016 South Korean supernatural mystery horror film directed by Na Hong-jin about a policeman who investigates a series of mysterious killings and illnesses. It was both a commercial and critical success. In the small village Goksung in South Korea, police officer Jong-Goo investigates bizarre murders caused by a mysterious disease. His partner relays gossip that a Japanese stranger, who lives in a secluded house in the mountains, would be an evil spirit responsible for the illness. Jong-Goo decides to visit the stranger along with his partner and a young priest who speaks Japanese. They find an altar with a goat head, pictures on the walls of the infected people that died, and an attacking guard dog that prevents their departure until the stranger arrives. Jong-Goo finds one shoe of his beloved daughter, Hyo-jin, in the house of the stranger, and soon she becomes sick. His mother-in-law summons the shaman Il-gwang to save her granddaughter while a mysterious woman tells Jong-Goo that the stranger is responsible. Who might be the demon that is bringing sickness to Goksung?
These are the list of best Korean horror movies of all time which you can’t afford to miss. So, go ahead and add all these movies on your watchlist of best horror movies of all time.