5 Of The Best Korean Horror Movies You Should Watch

5 best Korean horror movies for you to watch

A Tale of Two Sisters

In A Tale of Two Sisters, Sumi returns home after a long stay in a mental hospital to live with her distant father, younger sister, and controlling stepmother. The plot is heavily based on traditional Korean folk tales, incorporating fable elements with additional horror. The main characters, Sumi and her sister, navigate through a mysterious storyline, revealing the dark secrets of their family.

Director Kim Jee-woon masterfully builds suspense throughout the film, slowly revealing the truth behind the sisters' troubled past. The narrative is filled with psychological mind games and supernatural elements, and it is a movie you won't forget in a hurry.[Tale Of Two Sisters on IMDB]

The Wailing

The Wailing is a movie about a brutal murder in a sleepy rural town leads Officer Jong-Goo on a mysterious investigation. As he delves deeper into the case, he discovers links to a mysterious virus and a Japanese stranger, suggesting supernatural elements at play. The protagonist's disturbing dreams further add to the suspense and uncertainty surrounding the events.

The movie combines a mismash of elements as well. On one hand, there is the presence of an infectious virus, a trope commonly found in sci-fi or zombie movies. On the other hand, there are shamans and ghosts, which are more traditionally associated with supernatural horror. 

The plot unfolds gradually, revealing clues and hints at just the right moments that keeps you fully engaged with everything going on. [The Wailing on IMDB]

Train to Busan

Train to Busan follows a workaholic businessman, Seok-woo, and his daughter as they travel on a train from Seoul to Busan to visit her mother. but, their journey takes a turn when a woman infected with a strange virus boards the train and starts attacking the passengers.

Trapped in the confines of the speeding train, Seok-woo and his daughter find themselves in a desperate battle against time and the undead. The film delivers non-stop action and suspense from start to finish with plenty of meta commentary thrown in as well. It is a uniquely brilliant movie and one everyone should watch, especially fans of the zombie genre. [Train To Busan on IMDB]

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes tells the story of Sun-jae, who discovers a pair of pink shoes in a subway station and becomes obsessed with them. As she takes the shoes home, it becomes clear that they are cursed, leading her on a journey to investigate their dark history. Loosely based on a story from Hans Christian Andersen, it reinterprets the fairy tale feel through a disturbing horror lens.

Its ability to fuse elements of fairy tale, horror, and Korean history creates a haunting blend. This one deserves more love.

The movie also touches on the Japanese occupation of Korea, infusing the narrative with a sense of historical weight, if you're at all interested in that side of things. [The Red Shoes on IMDB]

The Host

In The Host, the third movie from acclaimed director Bong Joon Ho, we witness the emergence of a mutated river creature. Park Gang Doo, who runs a snack shack on the river with his father and daughter is thrust into a terrifying adventure when the creature goes on a murderous rampage and kidnaps his daughter.

The movie tackles government incompetence, environmental pollution, and the resilience of ordinary people in the face of adversity, and this combination of storytelling and genre elements makes The Host more than just a typical monster movie.

Instead of focusing solely on the monster's rampage, it delves into the complex relationships and dynamics within the main characters' family as well, with lots of added humor too. It is a bit of a mix of monster horror, political and comedy all rolled into one, and I had to include it as it's a great watch. [The Host on IMDB]

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