The truth is, that despite common belief, horror is not dominant at all as a genre in Asia; in fact the only time it ever was, was during the J-horror explosion. Victims are shown to be impaled with metal poles, harm their arms ripped off, disemboweled or just ripped to pieces. Non-lethal injuries, from being sprayed with accident or shown with melted body parts, run rampant in the film much like the actual body modification processes shown.
After all, there are few things more exciting than a good thrill when the level of fear can be controlled. Asian countries have produced some of the best horror films of all time, and five of them are listed below. It might be time to find a new movie to watch over the weekend.
From stringy-haired ghost girls to spine-chilling urban legends, Asia is the world's biggest innovator and tastemaker in the horror genre, constantly on the cutting edge of what's going to make you shit-your-pants scared. We've got nightmare fuel on tap in our collection of iconic Asian horror movies and cult classics from Japan, Korea, China, and Thailand. Open Menu.
Image via Giphy. We're not talking about only 'Ringu', 'Ju-on' or the scariest Thai movies. Image via Drama Fever. The movie follows a Korean writer who travels to Vietnam in search of stories for her second novel.
This psychological horror movie tells the story of a patient who leaves a mental institution after being treated for psychosis and returns home, where her younger sister and awful stepmother are waiting for her. Saying anything else about this story would be destroying this work of art of Korean cinema, but keep an eye on its director, Kim Jee-Woon, who's responsible for other great movies from the genre. Directed by Takashi Miike, a renowned Japanese director known for being able to make the bloodiest, most violent and twisted movies along with more family-friendly titles.
We still get nightmares about it, shhh! According to an annual report by Stephen Followsit seems like the horror movie genre has gained popularity over the past decade. Twenty years ago, the genre only accounted for 4.
In the past 20 years, Asian horror has emerged as a major force in the genre. Korean horror, for example, practically invented a new sub-genre of revenge-themed psychological thrillers, pioneered by Chan-wook Park. On top of that, something about the cultural difference makes these films extra-scary to Western audiences.
In the '90s, Hollywood picked up on a new trend when they discovered the horror films coming out of Asia. Whether it was the Japanese or Korean horror movies, America started remaking them left and right. However, as the case seems to always be, Hollywood rarely seemed to get the feel and atmosphere right when remaking Asian horror. Here is a look at the best Asian horror movies of all-time.
In the genre of horror movies, you have to admit—no one makes them better than the Asians. Hollywood can do the remakes all they want, but they never seem to be as good as the original. Asian horror movies are more slow-paced, gripping, and more spine-chilling.