13 Underrated Asian Horror Movies To Watch If You're In The Mood To Be Scared Sh*tless
It's time to whip out the horror movies
We're not talking about only 'Ringu', 'Ju-on' or the scariest Thai movies.
1. 'Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait' (2007)
The movie follows a Korean writer who travels to Vietnam in search of stories for her second novel. While she's there, she learns of a mystery centered around a century-old vengeful spirit.
IMDb score: 6.1/10
2. 'Coming Soon' (2008)
'Coming Soon' is a Thai horror film that tells the tale of a young projectionist who decides to illegally record a newly released horror movie. After falling asleep during the screening, he wakes up to find that his partner has disappeared and left his camera behind.
The horror begins when he realises that whatever happened in the movie is happening to them in real life.
IMDb score: 6.1/10
3. 'Keramat' (2009)
'Keramat' is a behind-the-scenes story following a group of Indonesian filmmakers who go on a journey to the other world to save an actress possessed by a supernatural demonic being.
IMDb score: 6.7/10
4. 'Phobia 2' (2009)
'Phobia 2' is a Thai anthology horror film that comprises of five different stories that tell the tales of karma, from disfiguring punishments to festering souls.
'Novice', 'Ward', 'Backpackers', 'Salvage', and 'In The End' make up the collection of the five horror stories.
IMDb score: 6.9/10
'Phobia 2' is available on Netflix. Watch the trailer here:
5. '23:59' (2011)
This Malaysian-Singaporean horror film follows the story of soldiers on an island used for military training in 1983. After the death of one of the soldiers during a road march, a rumor of a mad woman that died at the exact hour of 23:59 on the island started circulating among the cadets.
Slowly, they will unearth the island's dark secret and confront their deepest fears.
IMDb score: 4.9/10
6. 'Khurafat: Perjanjian Syaitan' (2011)
'Khurafat' follows Johan, a Malaysian man that just got married and has a successful medical career. However, his ex-girlfriend Anna, reaches the point of suicidal depression after her love for him becomes obsessive.
Ghostly manifestations start occurring to Johan and his wife and he suspects that Anna placed a supernatural curse on them.
The movie is directed, written by and stars Syamsul Yusof.
IMDb score: 7/10
7. 'POV: A Cursed Film' (2012)
This Japanese movie tells the story of Haruna and Mirai. As part of a show, they watched a supposedly haunted video submitted by a viewer, only to experience strange occurrences that later drew the film crew to Haruna's eerily familiar school.
IMDb score: 5.7/10
8. 'Rigor Mortis' (2014)
After moving into a shady public housing tenement building in Hong Kong, a washed-up actor named Chin tries to commit suicide. Fortunately, he was rescued by a friendly exorcist called Chan Yau.
As it turns out, the building is haunted by supernatural creatures, ghost hunters, taoist exorcists, and the souls of the undead.
IMDb score: 6.3/10
'Rigor Mortis' is available on Netflix. Watch the trailer here:
9. 'The Piper' (2015)
Shortly after the Korean war, a father and son were wandering through the country. They found a remote village and decide to take refuge there. Little did they know the mysteries and secrets that lie within the seemingly peaceful village.
IMDb score: 6/10
'The Piper' is available on Netflix. Watch the trailer here:
10. 'The Silenced' (2015)
The story takes place in 1938 Korea under the Japanese colonial rule and follows a young girl called Joo-Ran. She is transferred into a boarding school and learns of another student with the same name.
Soon after, strange things start to happen when girls start disappearing without a trace.
IMDb score: 5.8/10
'The Silenced' is available on Netflix. Watch the trailer here:
11. 'The Wailing' (2016)
The movie follows the story of a policeman who investigates a series of abnormal deaths and zombie-like infections after a stranger arrives in the Korean village.
Although police conclude that wild mushrooms were the cause of death, the policeman becomes desperate and obsessed with proving them wrong after his daughter caught the infection.
IMDb score: 7.7/10
'The Wailing' is available on Netflix. Watch the trailer here:
12. 'Take Me Home' (2016)
'Take Me Home' is a Thai movie that follows Tan, a man that lost his memory after an accident. He tries to find his identity and found something that led him back to his home.
Things take a turn for the worst when he slowly learns about the dark secrets of his "family".
IMDb score: 5.7/10
13. 'Haunted Hotel' (2017)
This Malaysian movie follows a girl called Ling and her boyfriend Jun, who had the opportunity to visit Malaysia for a business trip. They made their way to Genting Highlands and were lucky at the casino.
The weather was not in their favour and they couldn't make their way down, so they had to stay there for the night. All the other hotels were fully booked and the couple unknowingly booked themselves into Amber Court, a secluded hotel that is known to be haunted.
IMDb score: 4/10
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