Asian Horror Movies

When Hideo Nakata's Ringu managed to impress itself upon the Western world in 1998 there was a massive surge in the popularity of Asian horror. Predominantly from Japan (J-Horror), Korea (K-Horror) and Hong Kong although many quality horror movies began to emerge from places such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Asian horror movies are heavily influenced by the folklore, religion and traditions of the society from which they emerge. Popular J-Horror tends to focus on psychological terror and the supernatural, K-Horror follows the same patterns but tends to be darker and more atmospheric than its Japanese counterpart.

Asian horror has revived the horror genre and Hollywood has noticed this resulting in a slew of remakes more accessible to a wider audience (most of which miss the point of the original). Remakes aside, it is apparent that the style of horror movies have been influenced by Asia with a number of scare tactics from Asian horror becoming commonplace in numerous Western horrors; contorted demons crawling towards their victims, apparitions with long black hair and the subtler "corner of the eye" scares.

Outside of the mainstream ghosts and haunting movies there is a very diverse, very creative and sometimes very disturbing array of Asian cinema. From the controversially sadistic Guinea Pig franchise through the bizarre creations of Takashi Miike to the over the top splatter in the likes of Tokyo Gore Police and The Machine Girl - there is something within this sub-genre to satisfy all horror needs.

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Latest Asian Horror Movie Reviews

Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku) (2005)

The family that eats together stays together.
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Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku) - The family that eats together stays together.

My first impression of Sion Sono's work came via the insanely creative Suicide Club, a film which revolved around the presence of an online cult which compelled its members to off themselves; Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku), made four years later, fits around the time and events of the earlier film, most notably the mass suicide at Shin... Click to read more "Noriko's Dinner Table (Noriko no shokutaku)"

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot) (2002)

Revenge was never this sweet.
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Pazuzu Iscariot

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - Revenge was never this sweet.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot) is the first instalment of Chan-wook Park's Vengeance Trilogy (followed by Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). It is a complex tale of various intertwined vengeful exploits and the strongest yet perhaps the least accessible of the trilogy. The audience isn't spoonfed the plot and it is likely to... Click to read more "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot)"

The Eye 10 (Gin Gwai 10) (2005)

When seeing is never believing.
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The Eye 10 (Gin Gwai 10) - When seeing is never believing.

Some so called film critics may regret having been so harsh on The Eye 2 after having seen The Eye 10 (Gin gwai 10). This movie is actually the third film in the "The Eye" series and is known as The Eye 3 in some parts of the world as well as The Eye: Infinity in other parts. It isn't officially known as The Third Eye in any parts of the world whic... Click to read more "The Eye 10 (Gin Gwai 10)"

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Guinea Pig (Za Ginipiggu)

The Guinea Pig Series - Extreme Japanese Horror.
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The Guinea Pig Series

The Guinea Pig movies have created their fair share of controversy for a series of short movies including allegedly inspiring serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki to re-enact a scene, allegedly convincing Charlie Sheen that he was viewing a genuine snuff film and numerous genuine federal investigations against claims of authenticity in the crimes portray... Click to read more "Guinea Pig (Za Ginipiggu)"