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10 Asian Horror Films On Netflix That Will Keep You Awake For The Rest Of Your Life

Because nobody does horror the way Asians do horror!

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Asia has a reputation for great horror films and if you're itching for a spooking, then we've got just the thing for you!

Ready to binge the scariest movies that Netflix has to offer? Grab your blanket and your bestie as we take you through the top Asian horror picks that are now streaming. ;)

1. Incantation (Taiwan)

Incantation follows Li Ronan, who awakened a curse six years ago after breaking a religious taboo and disrupting a powerful and eerie shrine. Shortly after regaining custody of her daughter, the curse comes rearing back, this time targeting the young child with a fury.

Combining the elements of mysterious religions and unsettling rituals of Taiwanese folklore, the movie adopts a found footage, mockumentary format that immerses the audience as it explores the complexities of taboos and curses.

2. School Tales The Series (Thailand)

Directed by seasoned Thai directors, School Tales The Series brings eight horrifying stories, based on comics, to life.

This anthology is built around the theme of school-bound horrors, passed down from class to class, bringing back chilling memories of local schoolyard stories and legends.

3. The Whole Truth (Thailand)

What would you do if you noticed a hole in your living room wall but those around you insist that you are lying?

In The Whole Truth, two siblings stumble on a strange hole in the wall of their grandparents' house, and horrifying incidents that follow reveal sinister secrets about their family. Their attempts to find the answer could lead to the truth no one wants to know. :O

4. May The Devil Take You (Indonesia)

Lesmana Wijaya participates in a satanic ritual to gain wealth. When he's hospitalised due to a horrific and mysterious illness, his estranged daughter, Alfie, searches the old family villa for answers. But instead, she discovers a supernatural truth from the past. 

Expect lots of blood, gore, and brutal horror in May The Devil Take You, as the movie uncovers the consequences of selling one's soul to the devil.

5. Vietnamese Horror Story (Vietnam)

Based on local folklore, Vietnamese Horror Story interweaves three different tales. An actress seeking everlasting beauty; a magician who makes a deal with evil; and a psychic seeking the remains of a deceased girl.

Get ready to see urban legends brought to life in this horrifying film. Eek!

6. The Guardian (Vietnam)

A revenge horror thriller that explores the darkness of the entertainment industry, The Guardian follows a backup singer who enlists the help of occult forces, black magic, and a Kumanthong doll (a divine child spirit in a doll that is believed to bring luck and fortune to the owner) to achieve popularity.

You'd think people would learn not to trust creepy dolls but no.  

7. Dendam Pontianak (Malaysia)

Who doesn't love a great pontianak story? In local mythology, a pontianak is a vicious, long-haired female vampire out for bloody revenge. 

Dendam Pontianak is set in 1965, where a small village helps Khalid and Siti prepare for their wedding day. Soon after, a great darkness falls upon the village as a string of horrific deaths and supernatural happenings create fear and paranoia amongst the villagers.

8. Roh (Malaysia)

Beginning with a Quran passage about Satan, Roh is a disquieting rural Malaysian horror tale rooted in folklore and superstitions that explores the role of the devil in the context of a religious and spiritual society. 

The movie follows an isolated family living in a barren hut deep in the jungle who meet with a series of frightening supernatural incidents after taking in a little girl lost in the forest. Remain at the edge of your seats with this slow-burn plot.

9. Munafik and Munafik 2 (Malaysia)

Centering around a religious medical practitioner turned healer who struggles to come to terms with his wife's untimely death, Munafik and Munafik 2 are films that grapple with issues of faith and religion.

Guaranteed to spook all horror junkies, these films are worth the watch this August, especially with Munafik 2 being the highest grossing Malaysian film in 2019!

10. Eerie (Philippines)

When a student's suicide rattles an all-girls Catholic school, a clairvoyant guidance counselor embarks on solving this mysterious death, and in turn uncovers the convent's abusive past. 

A film on how modern beliefs and faith can clash, Eerie brings to the screen thought-provoking issues while incorporating the element of horror.

Not sure where to start? Check out this handy guide from Netflix!

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