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Top 40 Korean Horror Films

[Originally posted on Modern Korean Cinema]

Korean horror isn't what it used to be. But it was never any one thing to begin with.

For many years it was unfairly seen as the poor cousin of J-horror in neighbouring Japan, but K-horror, as it has come to be known, has roots stretching back 60 years. Influenced by local folklore and urban legends and shaped by a society that teeters along sharp divides between tradition and modernity, and shamanism and christianity, it has continually evolved during that time.

Filmmakers like Lee Man-hee and Lee Yong-min were jolting audiences all the way back in the early 1960s and local folklore gave us the templates for the Korean horror films of the late…

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  • The Wailing

    1

  • Thirst

    2

  • I Saw the Devil

    3

  • The Housemaid

    4

  • A Tale of Two Sisters

    5

  • The Host

    6

  • Memento Mori

    7

  • Io Island

    8

  • Suddenly in the Dark

    9

  • Bedevilled

    10

  • Possessed

    11

  • Spider Forest

    12

  • The Devil's Stairway

    13

  • Sorum

    14

  • 301/302

    15

  • Epitaph

    16

  • Seire

    17

  • A Woman After a Killer Butterfly

    18

  • The Quiet Family

    19

  • Train to Busan

    20

  • Voice

    21

  • Antarctic Journal

    22

  • The Call

    23

  • Hide and Seek

    24

  • Door Lock

    25

  • Project Wolf Hunting

    26

  • The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra

    27

  • The Uninvited

    28

  • Tell Me Something

    29

  • Whispering Corridors

    30

  • Hansel & Gretel

    31

  • Into the Mirror

    32

  • The Devil and the Beauty

    33

  • The Red Shoes

    34

  • Wishing Stairs

    35

  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    36

  • The Silenced

    37

  • The Piper

    38

  • Bestseller

    39

  • Spellbound

    40