Friday, April 4, 2014

Top 10 Best Asian Horror Movies on Netflix Instant

Top 10 Best Asian Horror Movies on Netflix
The horror genre isn't at the center stage in terms of output and box office, at least in the mainstream. We get plenty of indie, straight-to-DVD and limited release theatrical horror films every year, though. But, how many are fantastic, or at least good? If there is any region we can count on for horror, it's Asia. A few of you out there may immediately think of the long, black-haired ghost, and some of you may be sick of it, but Asia continues to deliver some of the creepiest, most disturbing, and most startling horror films to date. It's also a fantastic distinction from other regions – a breath of fresh air for horror fans. And, many of these gems are available on Netflix Streaming now, so here's my list of the best Asian horror films on Netflix!

10. The Curse of February 29th
Read The Curse of February 29th (Review) Here!
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A creepy urban legend-like story that follows a tollgate employee who continuously receives bloody tickets during blackouts at her booth – tickets connected to murders at other tollgates. A slow-paced, but creepy horror film definitely worth watching.

9. 23:59
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Procedural but spooky, this by-the-books supernatural horror film plays out like a traditional campfire ghost story. The ominous atmosphere, subtle and creepy images, and jump-scares are more than enough to warrant a viewing.

8. The Road
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The Road tells three different stories that interlink – all of the surrounding an ominous road. This spooky tale blends several elements of horror, but the most memorable is its very spooky, spine-tingling visuals and great suspense. Not an anthology per se, but it delivers the same amount of versatile horror you've come to expect from one.

7. Ju-on 2
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A sequel to one of the most iconic horror films of all time, Ju-on 2 comes just short of matching the first film. The story is a bit difficult to follow, but the spooky visuals, the eerie sounds, and the jolting jump-scares make a return, along with the iconic ghosts.

6. Dumplings
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This isn't your traditional Asian horror film. Rather, Dumplings delivers a bone-chilling (or bone-crunching) concept with great execution. It follows a retire actress who wants to keep her beauty, so she resorts to eating some dumplings with a special ingredient – unborn fetuses...

5. White: The Melody of the Curse
Read White: The Melody of the Curse (Review) Here!
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White takes an old ghost story formula and spices it up with a pinch of Kpop. A girl group copies and performs a catchy tune they found in their new studio, which catapults them to stardom. But that tune turns out to have a haunting history... A creative concept, great suspense, surprising jump-scares, and haunting visuals – a real treat for Asian horror fans.

4. Ju-on: The Grudge
Read Ju-on: The Grudge (Review) Here!
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Not quite the first in the series, Ju-on: The Grudge may be the most iconic Japanese horror film to date. This film follows a group of characters who meet bloody endings after they enter a seemingly normal house; but, the house is haunted by vengeful, meowing, croaking, and bone-popping ghosts...

3. The Host
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Not to be confused with U.S. film The Host based on the tween novel, The Host is a Korean creature feature following a family attempts to save a young girl from a mutant creature who emerged from the Seoul's River Han. It's technically a fascinating film to watch, and it's equally entertaining.

2. The Unseeable
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A beautifully-shot horror film with great suspense, a plethora of jolting jump-scares, and a great sense of folklore, The Unseeable is a fantastic Thai film with a familiar yet shocking climax.

1. Hansel and Gretel
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A Korean twist on the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel. Lost in the pitch-black woods, Eun-Soo is led by a mysterious girl to an odd house in the middle of the woods. The only problem is an ominous presence in the house and Eun-Soo's inability to leave... Creepy, ominous, beautifully-shot, and incredibly entertaining, Hansel and Gretel is also one of my favorite films of all-time and a must-watch.

What are your favorite Asian horror film? If it's on Netflix and it missed this list, let me know, I'd love to check it out. Oh, and please share this list with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and your other favorite social media sites. (you can use the buttons in the gray rectangle below.)

Want more of my lists? Check out these:
Top 10 Best Chinese Crime Films
Top 10 Best Thai Horror Films


  1. Pretty good calls-especially on the Ju-On films, Unseeable, and White! (SPOILER FOR UNSEEABLE)
    There are more Asian horror movies that I've seen than ones I have not. I'm always searching for new ones. If I find one I can watch for free or almost free, and unless almost EVERYONE that I trust has warned me it's a boring piece of crap, I watch. I was looking for the Unseeable for literally years before I found a watchable English-subtitled version on You Tube, and even on a tablet the color palette was beautiful. Talk about being worth waiting for... I knew the main twist because someone didn't post a spoiler warning and compared it to The Others (though I probably would have figured it out anyway). But OMG, in the last half hour. reveal after jaw-dropping reveal after reveal, each one a total shocker. Though most of them were heartbreaking (and scary as hell) the "ghost without a shrine" and the "now you know why I wear high-necked dresses all the time" also were fun, made me go "HOAH!" and grin like the huge horror geek that I am. I'm literally getting goosebumps right now over the reveal that the poor main character was in fact an urban (or not-so-urban, what ever the equivalent of Siam in the 30s was) legend. A female suicide hanging from a tree is always scary, and when her "friend" told her the legend, it creeped me the hell out, but the reveal (which wasn't 100% complete to me until the scene with the drivers talking... "oh, everyone's seen her...") even for an Asian Horror movie, there were a ton of excellent 'fridge scares'. And poor Granny Erskine... just in case you didn't think the Madam of the house was as cold-blooded as she could get (though the writing/acting is so good I felt sorry for her a bit, too). Before it was on Netflix, Scarecrow Video here in town had a HD copy (sadly no special features but the trailer). This is one of those movies I feel so passionately about that if I hear someone saying something sh*tty about it, I get all defensive. There was one really snotty, cynical reviewer on a well-known horror site who clearly wasn't into Asian horror and really trashed it, saying they saw every reveal coming a mile away (BS! There is no way that, for one, they knew Granny's daughter's fate. To this day I consider that reviewer a hack (I wasn't a big fan before) and can't see their name on a review without getting pissed off. Even though I've watched it many times, if The Unseeable comes out on Blu-ray I am snapping it up no matter what it costs.
    I would have to say that Thailand makes the best ghost movies in Asain horror sub-genre...hell, the world. Ju-on is one exception. Korea makes some great ones too, like The Red Shoes, but when I think of Asian horror's scariest, I think The Eye, (The Eye 10 is pretty fun too- goofier, but had some very chilling moments), Coming Soon, 4Bia, and of course Shutter. I'm sure I'll see more on your Top Ten Thai Horror Films list.
    White was scary, I watched it on Netflix when I found it one afternoon. At the time the average was only 3 stars, but I had a good feeling about it and am so glad I watched.there was at least one moment where I jumped almost totally off my couch, and by the time it got to the concert at the end where I knew all hell was going to break loose, I was having a blast, and that climax did not disappoint!
    OK, sorry, even in my network of friends who are horror fans, none of them have seen any Thai horror except for maybe The Eye and I never get to talk about it. I was hoping I'd see something, ANYTHING on this list I hadn't seen, I've seen so many that I'm constantly digging around, trying to find something new and thrilling.

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