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10 Korean Horror Movies That Will Give You Nightmares

There's nowhere to hide this coming spooky season.
10 Korean Horror Movies That Will Give You Nightmares
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There's nowhere to hide this coming spooky season.

The haunting season is upon us, and you know what that means? It’s time to take part in the spooky month spirit by binge-watching and braving through the best horror movies online. While we’ve already rounded up some of the scariest Western movies out there, this time, we’re listing down their Korean counterpart for all the K-culture enthusiasts looking for a good scare.

Check them out below!

1. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

Watch on: Viu

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is a found footage horror film that follows a web series crew as they brave through a cursed, run-down facility for a live broadcast. What was originally a dare meant to garner publicity quickly turns into a full-blown nightmare the further the group ventures into the abandoned asylum. The 2018 movie is currently known as the third most-watched horror film in South Korea.

Starring: Park Ji Hyun, Moon Ye Won, Lee Seung Wook

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2. Metamorphosis

Watch on: Netflix

When a family of five moves into their new residence, home turns into hell when a face-changing evil spirit terrorizes them after their priest and exorcist uncle's failure to banish the malignant ghost.

Starring: Bae Sung Woo, Sung Dong Il, Jang Young Nam

3. Svaha: the Sixth Finger

Watch on: Netflix

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If you'd rather fight the chills with an errie mystery thriller, Svaha: The Sixth Finger could be your cup of tea. The film follows a police detective and a pastor as they investigate a suspicious religious cult that may have a murderer in their ranks. It was nominated for the Best Film category at the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards, while Lee Jae In took home the Best New Actress accolade on the same night.

Starring: Lee Jung Jae, Park Jung Min, Lee Jae In

4. Train to Busan

Watch on: Netflix

Of course, there's no forgetting the breakout zombie epic of 2016. For those who don't know yetTrain to Busan trails a father-daughter tandem as they board a train to meet the latter's mother. Their innocent journey quickly spirals into a full-blown nightmare when they're trapped inside the vehicle amidst a zombie outbreak in South Korea.

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Starring: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong Seok, Kim Su An

5. #Alive

Watch on: Netflix

Speaking of heart-racing zombie films, the more recent #Alive may also interest you. Trapped in their respective apartments, two polar opposite neighbors must find a way to survive on their own while a zombie-creating virus ravages Seoul. The task proves to be immensely harrowing when they're both cut off from technology and their only means of seeing the outside world is through their apartment windows.

Starring: Park Shin Hye, Yoo Ah In

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6. The Host

Watch on: Netflix

Helmed by Parasite director Bong Joon Ho, The Host became known as one of the highest grossing South Korean films of all time back in 2006. The film is premised on a monster that emerges from the Han River. While terrorizing the city, it ends up kidnapping a young girl, reeling her family into a desperate race to save her life.

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Starring: Song Kang Ho, Park Hae Il, Bae Doona

7. Killer Toon

Watch on: Viu

Killer Toon follows Kang Ji-yoon, a popular web toon artist who becomes the primary suspect in two murder cases when her drawings perfectly mirror the crime scenes that took place days prior. The 2013 psychological horror film was a box office success and opened at second place in South Korea, just behind Brad Pitt's Hollywood film World War Z.

Starring: Lee Si Young, Um Ki Joon, Hyun Woo

8. Forgotten

Watch on: Netflix

After being abducted by a mysterious group of men, Jin Seok’s brother is finally returned to his family 19 days later with no recollection of the traumatic event. Sensitive to his sibling’s new and odd behavior, Jin Seok sets out to uncover the truth behind the kidnapping.

Starring: Kang Ha Neul, Kim Moo Yul, Moon Sung Geun, Na Young Hee

9. House of the Disappeared

Watch on: Viu

25 years after she was falsely arrested for murdering her husband, Kang Mi Hee returns to her old house in hopes of finding out the real reason behind the incident that also resulted in her young son’s disappearance. 

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Starring: Kim Yun Jin, Ok Taec Yeon, Jo Jae Yoon

10. A Tale of Two Sisters

Watch on: Amazon Prime

Upon returning from a mental health facility, two sisters are forced to deal with their ghastly step-mother back at home. But that’s not all, they soon find themselves haunted by spirits related to their family’s dark past, which includes the ghost of their dead biological mother. Released in 2003 and based on a Joseon era folk tale, A Tale of Two Sisters is known as the highest grossing Korean horror film to date.

Starring: Im Soo Jung, Moon Geun Young, Yum Jung Ah

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