Asian horror films are acclaimed for their bizarre and unsettling storylines that are bound to make your skin crawl. Here’s a list of 10 of them that are guaranteed to give you sleepless nights!
Warning: This list contains spoilers.
Pulse aka Kairo (2001, Japan)
The city of Tokyo is encountering an expanding number of suicides. The reflective declaration of this film is the anarchy communicated alienation. There are no jump scares in this one due to the fact it simply relies on disturbing the viewer.
The Eye (2002, China)
A woman starts to see ghosts after receiving a retina transplant. This film has a slow pace but excels with creepy scenes and a potent score!
Macabre aka Rumah Dara (2009, Singapore)
A new web company traveling with their friends are hunted one by one, ultimately slaughtered by a cannibalistic family who belong to a secret society trying to gain immortality. This film was banned in Malaysia for its excessive violence. Doesn’t that make you want to check it out even more?
Rampo Noir (2005, Japan)
This sinister and sleek horror anthology is filled with four eerie short films based on the writings of Edogawa Rampa, who is considered the Japanese Edgar Allan Poe. The four short films are completely different from each other. My personal favorite of the four is “Caterpillar”.
Noroi: The Curse (2005, Japan)
This is a documentary-style film that follows a reporter who investigates a series of odd deaths that are connected. There’s also a component of witchcraft within the film and although it’s similar to The Blair Witch Project, it’s far more creepy. Just a warning to those who dislike slow pace films, this one is definitely slow, but the build up is worth it.
I Saw The Devil (2010, Korea)
A man embarks on a journey of vengeance when a loved one is savagely murdered by a crazed slaughterer. This film is outrageously brutal yet brilliantly achieves an account of murder and revenge.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003, Korea)
This film is based on a famous Korean folktale about a creepy, dysfunctional family. There are plenty of psychological approaches that prowl in the background, waiting for the right moment to seize the viewer.
Three…Extremes (2004, China, Japan, Korea)
Here’s another anthology with three different, original stories. The first is about the extremes individuals take to keep up with beauty. The second story is about an annoyed actor who takes a director and his wife hostage. The final story focuses on a woman who has recurring dreams of her twin sister who died when she was young. Although the stories may seem straight forward, they’re filled with twists. This film is surely for those who are looking for something out of the ordinary.
Bunshinsaba aka Ouija Board (2004, Korea)
In this ghost story, a school girl curses the bullies in her classroom with a bunshinsaba, which is a ouija board. Although the ghost shows up a lot, it’s definitely creepy to see each time.
Ebola Syndrome (1996, Hong Kong)
This film revolves around a man who came down with the Ebola virus after he raped a girl in South Africa. Once he returns to Hong Kong, the virus spreads, infecting many people whom he then brutally murders and serves as burger meat in his restaurant. This film will make you never want to eat a burger again. There’s a lot of blood and violence in this one and excessive sex for all the perverts out there. Ebola Syndrome is perfect for those with a twisted appetite.
There are plenty of other Asian horror films to choose from. What films would be on your list? Feel free to share your favorites with us in the comments section below!