Scare-a-thon: 10 Asian Horror Films You Need To Watch Just In Time For Halloween

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If there's one thing people love to do during the month of October - aside from drinking lots and lots of beer because, you know, Oktoberfest - it's watching horror films just in time for Halloween.

There are a lot of films to start your scare-a-thon sessions with, but if you want something that hits closer to home, look no further than the Asian horror films as they're the kind that would scare you now and haunt you hours (maybe even days) after! 

Grab your friends, pop some popcorn, and sit back, because we're giving you a roundup of some of the best of Asian horror which you can binge-watch in the coming days! 

1. Shutter

Directed by: Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom

After a young photographer named Tun and his girlfriends gets involved in a tragic accident, they start seeing a mysterious shadow in the photographs they have taken. Investigating where the shadow came from, they discover that it is of someone connected to Tun's past. 

The 2004 Thai film has also been remade in the US and starred Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, and Megumi Okina. 

2. Ring

Directed by: Hideo Nakata

Released in 1998, this Japanese film centers on journalist Reiko Asakawa and her ex-husband who are researching about a "cursed video" said to kill whoever watches it after seven days. When they come across the said video, the two tries to stop the curse and the ghost of a girl named Sadako. 

There's also a US remake of the film in 2002, and it starred Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, and Brian Cox. 

3. A Tale of Two Sisters

Directed by: Kim Jee Woon

A Tale of Two Sisters is a psychological horror- thriller drama film about Su Mi and Su Yeon, sisters who just got out of a mental institution. As the two struggles with their cruel stepmother, the haunted house they live in begins to drop clues and hints on the horrors of their past. 

2009 American film The Uninvited is a remake of this South Korean flick. 

4. The Grudge

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

The third of the Ju-On series, The Grudge follows Rika Nishina, a social worker assigned to care for a ill woman named Sachi in a house that she doesn't know is haunted by the ghost of Kayako, a woman brutally murdered by her husband, and her son Toshio. 

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jason Behr starred in the 2004 remake of the film, also directed by Shimizu. 

5. Coming Soon

Directed by: Sophon Sakdapisit

A debt-ridden theater projectionist is hired to illegally video tape a new horror movie. He falls asleep in the middle of the screening and when he wakes up, he realizes that his friends has disappeared. Upon watching the tape he recorded, he finds his missing friend inside the recording, and that the movie they'd just been watching is coming to life. 

6. The Eye

Directed by: The Pang Brothers

In this 2002 Hong Kong-Singaporean film, classical violinist Mun, who's been blind since she was two years old, finally receives a cornea transplant. She is happy to be able to see again, but this changes when she starts see figures she's not meant to see, ones that foretell people's gruesome deaths. 

The 2008 US version/remake of this film starred Jessica Alba. 

7. Three...Extremes

Directed by: Fruit Chan (Dumplings), Park Chan Wook (Cut), Takashi Miike (Box)

Three...Extremes is a horror anthology composed of three films - Dumplings, Cut, and Box. Dumplings follows Mrs. Li, an aging actress who buys dumplings from an Aunt Mei for her to become beautiful and rejuvenated again. Little did she know that these dumplings are actually made of aborted fetuses. 

Cut revolves around a film director and his wife after they're kidnapped by one of his extras to "play a deadly game". In the said game, the director is tasked to strangle a girl to death or else his wife's fingers will be chopped off. 

Lastly, Box is about Kyoko, a novelist who is haunted by the nightmares of her past as a circus performer with her twin sister, Shoko. Feeling as though Shoko is more favored by their benefactor Higata, Kyoko locks her in a box and accidentally sets it in flames. 

8. Noroi (The Curse)

Directed by: Kôji Shiraishi

Noroi is a Japanese found footage film centering on a paranormal expert named Masafumi Kobayashi who suddenly goes missing while shooting a documentary on the paranormal activities in Japan. The movie is shot by Kobayashi's cameraman, Miyajima. Noroi has received many positive reviews from critics, especially as it deviates from the usual J-horror template. 

9. Feng Shui

Directed by: Chito Roño

Feng Shui is a Filipino horror film starring Kris Aquino. It follows Joy Ramirez, who finds and brings home an antique Bagua mirror believed to drive out evil spirits and bring good luck to its owners. At first she begins to experience a series of "lucky" moments, but what she doesn't know is that the mirror is cursed, killing anyone who stares at it in a way that's related to their Chinese zodiac.  

10. 4Bia

Directed by: Youngyooth Thongkonthun, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom, and Paween Purijitpanya

4Bia is a four-part Thai anthology featuring four of Thailand's top directors, exploring different themes. Loneliness centers on a girl who finds a friend in a stranger that she only talks to through texts and only at night; Deadly Charm is a story of a vengeful ghost of a student who was bullied by a school gang; The Man in the Middle focuses on a group of friends who went on the worst camping trip of their lives; and lastly, Flight 244, a short film which literally takes horror into new heights as it centers on a flight stewardess assigned to fly solo in a cabin with a dead body. 

 

Did we miss you favorite Asian horror film? Share it with us in the comments! 

 

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