Halloween is just around the corner and I’d easily say this is one of my favourite holidays. Being fed with a smorgasbord of horror movies and TV shows to binge-watch, recounting scary encounters, lots and lots of candy and most importantly dressing up! Although traditionally celebrated in America, it has spread across the globe because of how much fun it is. In this article, I’m going to list down a few Korean horror movies and dramas you can watch in the cheer of Halloween.
South Korea has been bending horror as a genre for years together. While the west relied on more traditional stories revolving around folklore and myths, Japan brought in a new wave of technophobic horror movies. Even if you’re not an avid fan of these abominations, you may have heard of Ringu (The Ring) and Ju-On (The Grudge) as they brought light to a new wave of Asian horror films. South Korea has been bringing us absolute gems when it comes to this genre. There is a balance between traditional and modern sentiment with a mixture of great cinematography and most importantly, melodramatic plotlines. Without further ado, in no particular order here’s a list of – horror films and TV shows to watch for Halloween 2020.
T/W violence, gore, strong language.
Let’s fight, ghost (Comedy Horror)
This show is funny and witty. It’s got a star cast including 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon and Kim So-hyun. If you’re not a fan of the genre but want to watch something fun with your friends then this is a good start. It’s got a few gloomy moments and a sprinkle of jump scares that keep you engaged in the storyline. You can watch Let’s fight ghosts on Netflix.
Strangers from hell ( Psychological Thriller – Neo-Noir)
A limited series based on a webtoon, this show is creepy with splendid acting from the cast, specifically Im Siwan bringing the protagonist to life. It is a crime drama that is so engulfing, that you may find yourself screaming at your screen. Its gritty storytelling, great soundtrack and stylistic cinematography make this show a must-watch for fans of the serial killer- murder mysteries. You can watch strangers from hell on Netflix.
The wailing (supernatural thriller)
This 2016 slow-burn thriller offers a layered storyline that is not easily absorbed from one viewing. This movie is dark, intense and unique. It is also highly critically acclaimed, being nominated for 50 massive awards and winning 29 of them. The most horrific part of this film comes from its well-woven social commentary, touching upon things like xenophobia, religion and many other topics. You can watch the wailing on Amazon prime.
The host ( Creature feature)
The monster movie leg of the horror genre is best known by the giant Godzilla, but this beauty from 2006 by ‘Parasite’ director Bong Joon Ho is an absolute masterpiece and would also be considered a classic in this subgenre. What makes this movie stand out is this bond you form with each character, rooting for them till then end. The CGI is impressive for a 2006 film and this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end. It’s one that is memorable. The host is available to stream on Netflix.
A tale of two sisters (Horror mystery – Drama)
The most authentic movie on this list to the typical horror genre, a tale of two sisters is an absolute treat to watch. Stunning cinematography with locations so beautiful, some of the scenes looks like paintings you want to frame. This movie is based on a Korean folklore Janghwa Hongryeon jeon (The Story of Janhgwa and Hongryeon) that has been cinematized for years. This 2003 version, in particular, is a classical for Korean horror fans because of its eerie narration and well-placed jump scares. This is not just a great horror film but a great film in general. It stars two of South Korea’s beloved actresses Im Soo Jung and the ‘nation’s little sister’ Moon Geun Young. It also has an American remake called ‘the uninvited’.
This list is a very short and beginning insight into the massive ocean of South Korean horror. What are your favourite Korean horror films? Do you find yourself more intrigued by this genre after watching these films? let us know!