This list will, of course, continue to evolve as I expand my horrific horizons. But, as of today, these are my Top 10 Favorite Asian Horror Movies…
Probably the weirdest film on this list – and that’s saying something. Based on Junji Ito’s J-horror manga of the same name, the movie focuses on a small community beset by spiral-themed terrors.
Favorite scene: The wall-crawling human snails.
A provocative and surprisingly philosophical horror movie involving spirits, missing persons, death, despair, and the terrors inherent in our technology-obsessed world.
Favorite scene: The limping spirit.
Pity the poor serial killer unfortunate enough to run afoul of a very determined, very sadistic husband mourning the murder of his fiancé. The grieving hubby wants revenge – but, hey, he’s in no hurry.
Favorite scene: Saving the nurse and losing the Achilles tendon.
Three segments by three different directors offer three different cultural takes on the genre (China, South Korean, and Japan). Arguably the most disturbing entry, Dumplings, was expanded into a full-length theatrical release.
Favorite scene: Forcing down those dumplings.
The third installment in this horror series focuses on a cursed home – and its unlucky new owners.
Favorite scene: You’re not even safe under the covers!
A recently-divorced mother and her young daughter move into a run-down apartment. It isn’t long before mom begins to notice strange occurrences: spreading water stains on the ceiling, hair in their tap water, and a pesky red bag that keeps reappearing no matter how many time she disposes of it. What’s going on? Well, it could have something to do with a little girl who disappeared a year earlier…
Favorite scene: That final elevator scene still haunts me.
This one starts off as a slow burn about a lonely middle-aged man, recently widowed, who attempts to meet women by holding auditions for a fake production. He should’ve stuck to tinder. The last fifteen minutes are downright harrowing as the woman of his dreams becomes the stuff of nightmares.
Favorite scene: Kiri kiri kiri!
A young girl, recently released from a mental institution, returns to her secluded home where her father, younger sister, and suspicious stepmother await.
Favorite scene: Don’t look under the sink!
It’s Speed meets The Walking Dead in the greatest zombie movie ever made.
Favorite scene: The East Daegu train station encounter.
A reporter investigates the legend of a cursed video tape.
Favorite scene: As much as I love the shock cut to the girl in the closet, I have to give it up for the iconic t.v. screen crawl-thru.
So what do you think? Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know.