Best Asian Horror Films
written by Souranath Banerjee
One time a good friend of mine who claimed (probably still claims) to be a horror junky casually told me that she didn’t feel a bit scared while watching the much anticipated ‘the no. 1 film’ of today’s list!
I was surprised and curious but then she confessed, that actually she was watching the film on her Ipad without headphones, while traveling on a bus on her way to office, and that too in the early morning!
Now to really enjoy a good horror film and to get the desired kick out of it, one must follow the three simple rules while watching 1. preferably watch it alone in a dark/semi-dark room 2. with headphones or make sure there is no external sound disturbance and 3. absolute concentration.
I hope you will watch all the horror flicks following the above rules as these are indeed the Best Asian Horror Films till date.
10. Memento Mori (1999)
Original title Yeogo goedam II
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYDOS73D-aU
A girl reads a mysterious dairy of her two senior fellow-students who seem to have an unusually close bond.
Supposed to be the second installment of the Whispering Corridors (1998) but it’s definitely a much better version.
9. Rigor Mortis (2013)
original title Geung si
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd-GUUREFB8
The dead are not allowed to die in a public housing tower!
A disturbing horror flick from Hong Kong that takes the vampire/zombie concept to a totally different realm.
Directed by Juno Mak, this is one film that stands out specially for it’s amazing visual effects among all other Asian horror movies released in the recent years.
8. Feng shui (2004)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWVd8rA1OMs
A Filipino horror film that revolves around a cursed Bagua mirror and whenever a person stares at it dies!
This is the story of how a wife desperately tries to save her family from the curse of this “bagwa” bound to them.
Directed by Chito S. Roño, this is one creepy film that really deserves to be in the list.
7. 4bia (2008)
Original title See prang
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy5YsWGYRoA
Each film has their own unique ability to scare you out of your wits and if you seem to be not getting enough, then make sure to watch Phobia 2, the second horror anthology following this one!
6. The Eye (2002)
Original title Gin gwai
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoA6dxLeWFo
The story of a blind girl who after a successful cornea transplant can finally see, but then she realizes that she has the power to see the unseen as well!
Directed by Danny Pang and Oxide Chun Pang (as Pang Brothers), a terrifying Hong Kong-Singaporean horror film that boasts of superb editing and a chilling background score. A must watch for the horror fans.
5. Three… Extremes (2004)
Original Title Saam gaang yi
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-lnf01j7kw
“Dumplings“, “Cut” and “Box“, three individual South Korean horror films clubbed together and rightly named as the ‘Three… Extremes’
Not only they are horrifying and disturbing, they also have this amazing creep factor that makes them score ahead of any other films in this genre.
My personal favorite is Dumplings though it makes me sick each time i watch it.
4. Ring (1998)
Original title Ringu
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9Z-MOqAvtY
Don’t you dare watch it because if you cannot solve the mystery of this scary video – you have probably enlisted in the future dead list!
Directed by Hideo Nakata this film has bunch of sequels and remakes but none of them scares you as much as the original Japanese version.
A terrifying film – I guess the poster says it all!
3. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anF5XiN8QY8
As the title suggests, it’s the story of two sisters who returns home from the mental institution and desperately struggles to cope up with their lives.
A superbly intense film by Kim Jee-woon – suspense, horror or simply a nail-biting thriller, this one serves all your cravings.
This South Korean horror film will creep you out for sure.
2. The Grudge (2002)
Original title Ju-on
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVbWpwkCJRg
Endless number of sequels and remakes made, this film is probably the most successful and scary Japanese Horror Film and it ended up scaring people from all around the world!
- Shutter (2004)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwy8QSQliGk
A photographer notices peculiar shadows in his snapshots, and while trying to solve the mystery along with his girlfriend, he gets haunted by something/someone related to his past.
And no one can escape their past – can they?
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most disturbing one. A must watch)
+1. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Original title Loong Boonmee raleuk chat
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlPRe9peigI
A Thai horror film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul who won the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival!
Instead of being high on the fear-quificient, the film has more of a slow, creepy and philosophical touch that stays on with you much longer than expected.
A unique horror film that is more of a dream, a complete contrast to all those films with their quick snappy edit moments and music jumps to make you feel scared.
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