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10 South Korean horror movies you must watch

South Korean horror movies might not have the same reputation as Thai horror flicks but they do have horrifying, fear-eliciting movies to offer.

A Tale of Two Sisters.

If you are looking for South Korean horror movies to watch, KajoMag suggests these 10 picks:

1. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Inspired by Korean folktale Janghwa Hongryeon jeon, A Tale of Two Sisters is an award-winning twisted psychological horror drama.

The folktale is similar to Cinderella except that there are two Cinderellas and the stepmother is even more evil.

In this modern remake, the movie follows a mental hospit patient who comes home to her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house.

2. The Wailing (2016)

Commercially successful, The Wailing follows the story of a police officer named  Jong-goo who investigates a mysterious disease in a rural village.

Now comes the question, is it a disease or something more paranormal?

3. Thirst (2009)

Basically, this is a vampire movie but with an illicit love story thrown into it. It tells the story of a priest, in love with his friend’s wife and turning into a vampire all thanks to a failed medical experiment.

4. Epitaph (2007)

There should be a ground rule against people falling falling in love with corpses.
Nonetheless, that is what happens in the movie Epitaph whereby a doctor fell in love with the body of his deceased fiancee.

5. Whispering Corridors (1998)

The first of the Whispering Corridors film series, the movie follows the haunting and deaths in an all-girl high school.
The film spurs four more sequels but none of them share the same plots and characters. They just use an all-female high school as background because female ghosts always seem to be scarier than their male counterparts.

6.Arang (2006)

Veteran detective So-young (Song Yoon-ah) has to solve a murder case and at the same time is haunted in her dreams by a girl who has been dead 10 years.

Are these two cases related? This is a mixture of horror and thriller laced with rape and revenge stories.

7.The Red Shoes (2005)

The first lesson from this Korean horror is never ever pick up something that doesn’t belong to you.

When Sun-jae (Kim Hye-soo) brings back a pair of bright pink high heels from the subway, that is when all hell breaks lose.

8. Death Bell (2008)

How far would you go to avenge your daughter’s death? Would you go as far as killing her teacher and classmates? Besides people dropping dead one by one, the movie also highlights the competitiveness in the Korean education system to enroll for college.

9. Hansel and Gretel (2007)

This Korean horror flick is an adaptation of the classic Hansel and Gretel but with many twisted plots.

In this version of the famous tale, Hansel is a murderous kid who has a dark past and a hell of a temper.

10. The Cat (2011)

If you think fluffy, cute kitties cannot star in horror movies, this Korean horror movie will prove you wrong.

Park Min-young stars as So-yeon, a pet groomer who starts to see a ghostly young girl with cat-like eyes.

If you can’t stand cats dying in a movie, The Cat is certainly not for you.

Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.
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