Halloween is the perfect excuse to stay in with your friends or bae and watch all your favorite horror movies. And if you're looking from something seriously scary that will keep you up at night, look no further than Korean cinema. (Who remembers sleeping with the lights on after 2003's A Tale of Two Sisters?)
Below are some recently released Korean horror movies that will definitely make your Halloween spookier and creepier. Be warned; some aren't for the faint of heart.
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)
If you're a fan of found-footage horror like Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity, this 2018 movie is right up your alley. The story centers on the infamous Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital, which has been called one of the most haunted places in South Korea after 42 patients mysteriously take their own lives in 1979. In the present day, the crew of a horror web series decides to explore and live stream from the now-abandoned hospital.
The Wailing (2016)
Both a critical and commercial success upon its release, The Wailing is about a policeman who investigates a mysterious disease spreading among the people in a remote Korean village, all eventually leading to a series of violent and brutal murders. Be warned: You definitely don't want to watch this one alone.
Train to Busan (2016)
Dubbed as one of the best films in the zombie genre ever, this worldwide hit stars Gong Yoo as a divorced and work-obsessed father who reluctantly takes his estranged daughter to Busan to see her mother. What follows is an edge-of-your-seat thriller as a group of colorful passengers are trapped on a speeding train as they try to escape a terrifying zombie apocalypse.
Bonus: If you enjoyed this movie, check out its animated prequel, Seoul Station, and you'll be glad to know that a sequel from the same director is already in the works.
The Mimic (2017)
Inspired by a classic Korean ghost story, The Mimic revolves around a woman who is still reeling from the loss of her missing son. With her husband, mother-in-law, and daughter in tow, she moves to the countryside, where she meets a mute girl and takes her in. It isn't long until she begins to wonder if the girl she adopted is even human.
The Silenced (2015)
Set in 1938 during the Japanese occupation, a sickly young girl named Joo Ran (Park Bo Young) is transferred to a boarding school to recover her health. Although her condition improves, she begins to notice that her schoolmates are disappearing one by one and something abnormal is happening to her own body.
The Priests (2015)
As its title suggests, this 2015 movie deals with themes of exorcism and demonic possession. It all starts with a young girl who falls into a coma after a hit-and-run accident. They soon learn that she is being possessed by some kind of spirit, and the creature is far more terrifying than they realize.
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