10 Great Asian Horror Movies You Probably Haven't Seen

These frightening flicks will have you dreading bedtime.

Train to Busan
Next Entertainment World

No part of the world does horror with as much brilliant insanity and bold tenacity as Asia. It's just one of those undisputable facts of life.

To put it bluntly, Asian horror does not f**k around. Very few times will you ever find a horror film from Asia that pulls its punches. This a major reason why most Western remakes of them fail. They're afraid of being too bleak or too disturbing, and feel as though they have to hold back. Either that, or they try to copy the style and themes of whatever film they're remaking without understanding what makes the original so special to start.

If you want terror that will dig itself into the marrow of your bones and make you its home, Asia is the place to go. Luckily, you don't actually have to spend the time and money to go there, as we have access to movies from all around the world at our fingertips.

A word of warning though before getting to the list: some of the movies mentioned deal with subject matter that can and will be triggering to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.

With that, let's get rolling.

10. Sadako Vs. Kayako

Train to Busan
Universal Pictures

This crossover between Japan's two most iconic horror franchises is a spooky cinematic slug-match that is legitimately difficult to understand how or why it even exists. That is in no way a criticism, by the way.

The plot is convoluted to say the least. Essentially, two girls get cursed, one by Sadako and the other by Kayako. A plan is made to have the two curses clash in hopes of cancelling them out in order to save their lives.

While it has its frightful moments, when compared to the other films in both series it isn't really all that scary. However, the scares aren't the main attraction here. First and foremost, this movie is absolutely absurd. The concept alone is ludicrous in itself, and the film takes every opportunity it can to embrace its own insanity.

Sadako Vs. Kayako might not have you scared out of your wits, but it's sure one hell of a good time.


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