In response to a terrifying situation, a lot of people will arm themselves for either forcible resistance or escape.
This produces some great adrenaline rushes for those who enjoy feeling afraid. Korean horror is renowned for its innovative take on the horror movie genre. Let’s see some of the best Korean horror movies on Netflix!
The film is a horror-drama based on the Joseon tale of Janghwa Hongryeon Jeon. It was directed and written by Kim Jee-woon, and has received numerous film adaptations ever since its debut in 2003.
Within the story, there are eerie encounters between a discharged mental hospital patient and her stepmother. Along with ghosts, it’s one of the highest-grossing Korean horror movies on Netflix.
Kim Hong-Seon’s Metamorphosis is a short, unevenly paced film with surprising and disorienting first and second act twists which create a modern fairytale.
The film races through scenes, building on top of them to form a rather tedious third act that sheds inconsistency for what feels like predictable conflict.
A young man wanders off into the woods, moments before he’s found by three kids who take him home and provide care and compassion to him.
As soon as he settles it becomes hard to leave, with a fireplace, lots of food and adequate clothing. This is harder to do when you’re trying to escape an emotionally intense novel that mixes drama, thriller and dark fantasy themes to create an engaging plot.
4. The Wrath:
The Wrath tells the tale of a courtesan spirit. After her gruesome murder, she vows to get retribution on the family of a prominent Joseon official.
A tragedy strikes a family of three sons who all die on their wedding day. The drama pits two Joseon women against one another and takes place during the Joseon Dynasty. It was remade from the classic Korean horror movie of that title, thus everyone was waiting with bated breath to see it.
5. I Saw the Devil:
Despite the gritty and realistic tone, this film manages to capture a glimpse of how bad men can be. A 2010 Korean action thriller, by Kim Jee Won, centers around an NIS agent Kim Soo-Hyun, who vows to take revenge on serial killer Jang Kyung-Chul after his fiancée is brutally murdered.
6. The Wailing:
‘The Wailing,’ written and directed by Na Hong Jin, is an astonishing horror film. The director has combined many of the supernatural properties featured in films, such as exorcism, mythology, and curses.
Gookseong, a strange but powerful character from an unknown province of Korea during the Joseon Dynasty, is the focus of this tense movie. After his arrival in the small mountain town where he tragically meets his match in Kumiho Lee’s character, Gookseong begins to contract diseases that spread swiftly through the community of locals. It was a box office hit and earned critical acclaim upon it’s release at Sundance Film Festival 2017.
Set in 2020 and produced by the South Korean filmmaker Yeon Sang Ho, “Peninsula” is a sequel to the film “Train to Busan.” A former soldier is deployed along with a squad to recover a truck full of cash from the wastelands of the Korean peninsula.
Now populated by zombies, rogue militia, and a family in an entirely new standalone sequel. People on the Korean peninsula have survived the devastation of “Train to Busan”, but now they must battle for survival without help from their loved ones.
8. The 8th Night:
The movie follows a former exorcist as he struggles against the nightly resurgence of two enigmatic monsters who were imprisoned in separate caskets for 2000 years. The struggle is almost in vain, until the former exorcist figures out how to stop their resurrection.
9. The Host:
In Bong Joon Ho’s latest film, Okja, a young girl is captivated by a monster and her father’s desperate attempts to save her. The film illustrates that imagery of the monster as a metaphor for Western imperialism. It makes sense given that we see a young girl being held captive by the monster before she escapes on her own with help from her family.
Based on a real-life psychiatric institution, ‘Gonjiam’ is a found footage horror film that was filmed and directed in 2018. The story revolves around a horror web series crew who visits the hospital to do a live broadcast. It became a box office hit after ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’, and ‘Phone’.
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