South Korean Horror

by klownz | created - 12 Jul 2014 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

A list of South Korean horror films & a few thrillers that I like.

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1. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 51,270

2. Acacia (2003)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

After unsuccessfully trying to have a baby of their own, Dr. Kim Do-il and his father convince his wife Choi Mi-sook to adopt a child in an orphanage. Mi-sook is connected to arts and ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-hyeong Park | Stars: Hye-jin Shim, Jin-geun Kim, Oh-bin Mun, Na-yoon Jeong

Votes: 1,853

3. Arang (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

A salt storehouse near the sea may be haunted. A penniless ex-con dies a gristly death in a house he can ill afford. The detectives assigned the case are Min, newly reinstated after a ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-hoon Ahn | Stars: So-yeong Choo, Won-joong Jung, Hae-in Kim, Ok-bin Kim

Votes: 1,256

4. Bedevilled (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A woman subject to mental, physical and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

Director: Cheol-soo Jang | Stars: Yeong-hie Seo, Seong-won Ji, Min-ho Hwang, Min Je

Votes: 11,735

5. Bloody Reunion (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Buried grudges have disasterous consequences for a class reunion in this unapologetically bloody film from Korean director Dae-wung Lim.

Director: Dae-wung Lim | Stars: Seong-won Jang, Eung-soo Kim, Yeong-Seon Kim, Dong-kyu Lee

Votes: 2,045

6. Cello (2005)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

A cellist is haunted by strange events after a car wreck

Director: Woo-cheol Lee | Stars: Hyun-Ah Sung, Da-an Park, Ho-bin Jeong, Jin Woo

Votes: 2,388

7. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Yoon-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim

Votes: 50,399

8. Chaw (2009)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A black comedy about the events that are set into motion in a town after a man-eating boar goes on a rampage.

Director: Jeong-won Shin | Stars: Tae-woong Eom, Seong-kwang Ha, Yoo-i Ha, Philip Hersh

Votes: 960

9. Cinderella (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

The daughter of a plastic surgeon experiences strange events that seem to be connected her childhood.

Director: Man-dae Bong | Stars: Ah-yung Ahn, Gyu-ryun Ahn, Ji-won Do, So-min Jeon

Votes: 1,284

10. Death Bell (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

Advanced students who take a special class are being tortured by their class rank.

Director: Hong-Seung Yoon | Stars: In-sook Choi, Da-Geon, Hahm Eun-Jung, Sung Jin

Votes: 2,070

11. Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp (2010)

TV-MA | 84 min | Horror

Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp is about a group of high school students and teachers who get locked in the school after the swimming instructor is murdered.

Director: Seon-dong Yu | Stars: Ah-Jin Choi, Jeong-eum Hwang, Chang-Wook Ji, Su-ro Kim

Votes: 535

12. Deranged (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

Jae-hyuk is an ordinary man in his 40s. He works as a medical supplies salesman and is hassled by doctors all day. His brother Jae-pil is a detective that is not all that interested in ... See full summary »

Director: Jeong-woo Park | Stars: Myung-Min Kim, Jung-hee Moon, Dong-wan Kim, Lee Hanee

Votes: 1,727

13. Epitaph (2007)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Horror

A series of horrifying events plague a Korean hospital in the 1940s.

Directors: Beom-sik Jeong, Sik Jung | Stars: Jae-Hwan Choi, Mu-song Jeon, Jin-an Jeong, Goo Jin

Votes: 951

14. Face (2004)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

Lee Hyun-min, who works reconstructing faces from their skull, quits his work in a institute to stay with his Beta-allergic daughter Jin that was submitted to a transplant of heart by the ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-gon Yoo | Stars: Yun-ah Song, Hyeon-jun Shin, Seung-wook Kim, Seok-Hwan An

Votes: 1,059

15. Hansel and Gretel (2007)

TV-14 | 117 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After meeting an mysterious girl on an dark stretch of road, a young salesman is invited to a beautiful house with bizarre secrets and no way to escape.

Director: Pil-sung Yim | Stars: Jeong-myeong Cheon, Eun Won-jae, Eun-kyung Shim, Ji-hee Jin

Votes: 4,069

16. The Housemaid (2010)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

A man's affair with his family's housemaid leads to dark consequences.

Director: Sang-soo Im | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Jung-jae Lee, Yuh Jung Youn, Woo Seo

Votes: 8,375 | Gross: $0.15M

17. I Saw the Devil (2010)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

67 Metascore

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Joon-Hyuk Lee, Kap-su Kim

Votes: 95,474 | Gross: $0.13M

18. Into the Mirror (2003)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

An ex-cop, now working as a security guard in a shopping mall, tries to uncover the secret behind a series of mysterious deaths linked to mirrors.

Director: Sung-ho Kim | Stars: Ji-tae Yu, Myung-Min Kim, Hye-na Kim, Ju-bong Gi

Votes: 3,052

19. Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, History, Horror

"Muoi" charts the path of a Korean writer who travels to Vietnam in search of stories for her second novel. There she learns about a mystery centered around a century-old vengeful spirit.

Director: Tae-kyeong Kim | Stars: Anh Thu, Anh-Thu, Ye-ryeon Cha, Anh Hong

Votes: 822

20. Phone (2002)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After writing a series of articles about pedophilia, the journalist Ji-won receives threatening calls on her cellular and she changes her number. Her close friend Ho-jung and her husband ... See full summary »

Director: Byeong-ki Ahn | Stars: Ji-won Ha, Yu-mi Kim, Woo-jae Choi, Ji-yeon Choi

Votes: 4,696

21. R-Point (2004)

R | 107 min | Action, Horror, War

During the Vietnam War, a South Korean base receives a radio transmission from a missing squad, presumed dead, and sends a platoon to rescue the lost squad from the R-Point.

Director: Su-chang Kong | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Byung-ho Son, Sun-kyun Lee, Won-Sang Park

Votes: 4,842

22. Spider Forest (2004)

R | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A recently widowed TV producer is drawn to an isolated cabin in a mysterious woods.

Director: Il-gon Song | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Jung Suh, Kyung-hun Kang, Hyun-Sung Jang

Votes: 1,973

23. Teenage Hooker Becomes a Killing Machine (2000)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A high-school girl who moonlights as a prostitute is revived as a killing machine after she is murdered by her teacher.

Director: Gee-woong Nam | Stars: Dae-tong Kim, So-yun Lee

Votes: 301

24. Tell Me Something (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

In Seoul, parts not matching of severed copses of three men are found in cars and bags left in public spaces. Detective Cho, who is under investigation of the Internal Affairs, is assigned ... See full summary »

Director: Yun-hyeon Jang | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Eun-ha Shim, Hang-Seon Jang, Jung-ah Yum

Votes: 2,798

25. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 465,105 | Gross: $0.71M

26. The Cat (2011)

106 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

So-yeun gets stuck with a Persian cat when its owner dies. From then on, she is haunted by a girl with green cat-like eyes.

Director: Seung-wook Byeon | Stars: Dong-wook Kim, Ye-ron Kim, Min-jae Kim, Da-eun Sin

Votes: 1,030

27. The Doll Master (2004)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

5 young people, a quiet doll maker in a wheelchair and her dedicated helper, a chained old man in the basement and a mysterious young girl in red... all together in a lonely doll museum in ... See full summary »

Director: Yong-ki Jeong | Stars: Yu-mi Kim, Eun-kyeong Lim, Hyung Tak Shim, Ji-young Ok

Votes: 1,728

28. The Host (2006)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Horror

85 Metascore

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Joon Ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park, Doona Bae

Votes: 86,420 | Gross: $2.20M

29. The Isle (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jung Suh, Yoosuk Kim, Sung-hee Park, Jae-Hyun Cho

Votes: 11,761 | Gross: $0.02M

30. The Red Shoes (2005)

Not Rated | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman who finds a pair of pink high heels on a subway platform soon realizes that jealousy, greed, and death follow them wherever they go.

Director: Yong-gyun Kim | Stars: Hye-su Kim, Seong-su Kim, Yeon-ah Park, Su-hee Go

Votes: 2,649

31. Ring (1999)

108 min | Horror

After the mysterious death of her niece and other three teenagers on the same hour and with the symptoms of heart attack, the journalist Sun-ju decides to investigate their last moments. ... See full summary »

Director: Dong-bin Kim | Stars: Eun-Kyung Shin, Seung-Hyun Lee, Jin-young Jung, Chang-wan Kim

Votes: 2,004

32. Scary Hair (2005)

106 min | Drama, Horror

In Seoul, Su-Hyeon is terminal with leukemia, and bald due the treatment of chemotherapy. Her sister Ji-Hyeon buys a long-haired wig, but she does not disclose the truth about Su-Hyeon's ... See full summary »

Director: Shin-yeon Won | Stars: Min-seo Chae, Jung-sung Lee, Kyeong-bin Rah, Hyeon-jin Sa

Votes: 1,136

33. Thirst (2009)

R | 135 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

73 Metascore

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hee-jin Choi, Dong-soo Seo

Votes: 38,337 | Gross: $0.30M

34. Uninvited (2003)

127 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Jeong-won is a man with no memory of his childhood and his real family. At the beginning of the film he witnesses the deaths of two young girls. He begins seeing the girls dead bodies ... See full summary »

Director: Soo-youn Lee | Stars: Shin-yang Park, Ji-hyun Jun, Seon Yu, Ok Jeong

Votes: 1,392

35. Unborn But Forgotten (2002)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery

A website is seemingly killing every woman who views it within fifteen days. While investigating the phenomenon, a female reporter begins an investigation that leads to the discovery of the site known only as The White Room.

Director: Chang-jae Lim | Stars: Eun-ju Lee, Jun-ho Jeong, Seong-Yong Kye, Hyeon-suk Kim

Votes: 398

36. Whispering Corridors (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

While investigating the school files, the frightened teacher Mrs. Park startles and calls the young teacher Eun-young Hur, telling her that the deceased Jin-ju Jang is back. The line dies ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-hyeong Park | Stars: Kang-hee Choi, Gyu-ri Kim, Min-Jung Kim, Roe-ha Kim

Votes: 2,783

37. Memento Mori (1999)

R | 97 min | Horror, Romance, Drama

In this second installment of the Whispering Corridors series, a young girl finds a strange diary, capable of arousing hallucinations, kept by two of her senior fellow-students who seem to have an unusually close bond.

Directors: Tae-yong Kim, Kyu-dong Min | Stars: Gyu-ri Kim, Yeh-jin Park, Yeong-jin Lee, Jong-hak Baek

Votes: 3,050

38. Wishing Stairs (2003)

R | 97 min | Horror, Drama

A staircase leading to the dormitory of a remote boarding school usually has 28 stairs, but every so often there appears to be 29. When someone steps on the mysterious extra stair, the horror begins

Director: Jae-yeon Yun | Stars: Ji-Hyo Song, Han-byeol Park, An Jo, Ji-Yeon Park

Votes: 2,783

39. Voice (2005)

Unrated | 104 min | Horror

While training after hours in her high-school, the aspiring singer Park Young-Eon is mysteriously killed and her body vanishes. Her ghost is invisible and trapped in the school, but her ... See full summary »

Director: Equan Choi | Stars: Ye-ryeon Cha, Ok-bin Kim, Seo-hyeong Kim, Hyeon-kyeong Lim

Votes: 1,386

40. A Blood Pledge: Broken Promise (2009)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Four friends make an oath sworn in blood to commit suicide one night, but the next morning only one is found lying dead on the school grounds. Rampant speculation about the nature of the ... See full summary »

Director: Jong-yong Lee | Stars: Eun-seo Son, Kyeong-ah Jang, Min-jeong Song, Yeon-su Oh

Votes: 583

41. The Yellow Sea (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

The attempt to carry out a hit on a professor goes terribly awry, triggering a series of violent events which force a taxi driver to run for his life.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Yoon-seok Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Seok-jeong Hwang

Votes: 16,491

42. Yoga Class (2009)

97 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

After the co-host of a shopping channel TV show loses her job to a younger rival, she enrolls in an intensive yoga course. The very strict trainer informs her students that there will be ... See full summary »

Director: Jae-yeon Yun | Stars: Yoo-jin Kim, Su-yeon Cha, Daniel Choi, Eun-ji Jo

Votes: 474

43. Voices (2007)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

This creepy, supernatural thriller revolves around the paranoid belief that those dearest to you may want you dead.

Director: Ki-hwan Oh | Stars: Jin-Seo Yoon, Gi-woong Park, Ki-woo Lee, Yu-seon Ham

Votes: 1,167

44. Ghastly (2011)

91 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

After his parents are murdered, Bin is taken into the care of relatives. He begins to act strangely, the new occupants of his house experience horrific nightmares, and a mystery unfolds as a terrible secret is revealed.

Director: Ko Seok-jin | Stars: Eun-jeong Han, Hyomin, Hyung-Suk Lee, Min-woo No

Votes: 377

45. Ouija Board (2004)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

Yu-jin and her blind mother move to a small village from Seoul. On her first day at the new school, Yu-jin gets picked on by her classmates. Along with other victims of hatred, Yu-jin puts ... See full summary »

Director: Byeong-ki Ahn | Stars: Gyu-ri Kim, Se-eun Lee, Yu-ri Lee, Seong-min Choi

Votes: 1,314

46. The Guard Post (2008)

121 min | Horror

(Korean with English subtitles) A squad of Korean soldiers is sent to investigate a guard post that overlooks the DMZ. Seemingly deserted at first, the squad eventually discovers mysterious... See full summary »

Director: Su-chang Kong | Stars: Ho-jin Chun, Hyun-jae Cho, Young-hoon Lee, Jinwoong Cho

Votes: 1,577

47. Sector 7 (2011)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Something awaits 2,500 meters under the deep sea off the southern tip of Jeju Island...Directed by Kim Ji-hoon and produced by JK Youn, the sci-fi action thriller Sector 7 revolves around ... See full summary »

Director: Ji-hoon Kim | Stars: Ji-won Ha, Sung-Ki Ahn, Ji-Ho Oh, Ye-ryeon Cha

Votes: 2,094

48. Spellbound (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

A magician meets an eccentric girl and offers her to work together in his magic show. It is only until a year later that he starts to know her personally and develops a feeling towards her despite her own problems.

Director: In-ho Hwang | Stars: Ye-jin Son, Min-ki Lee, Seong-hoon Sin, Ji-min Yun

Votes: 2,537

49. The Silenced (2015)

99 min |