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The Best Korean Horror Movies

Ever since the Asian horror remake boom of the 2000s, which saw American remakes of homegrown movies like A Tale of Two Sisters and Into the Mirror, Korea has leveraged the spotlight by releasing acclaimed takes on zombies (Train to Busan), vampires, (Thirst), eco-terrors (The Host) and more. We’ve gathered every Korean horror movie with 60% or more on the Tomatometer and ranked them in our guide to the best Korean horror movies.

#15

Phone (Pon) (2002)
63%

#15
Adjusted Score: 16.86%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ahn Byeong-ju's Pon (Phone) is a psychological horror film. Ha Ji-weon portrays Ji-weon, an investigative reporter who is receiving unsettling... [More]
Directed By: Byeong-Ki Ahn

#14

Hansel & Gretel (2007)
77%

#14
Adjusted Score: 38.406%
Critics Consensus: Ghoulish genre-bending asian horror boasts impressive production design, but an unsatisfactory denouement.
Directed By: Yim Pil-sung

#13

The Wrath (2019)
80%

#13
Adjusted Score: 18.41%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Directed By: Yoo Young-sun

#12
Adjusted Score: 25.662%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Rejecting current trends in mainstream genres and the conventions of commercial cinema, Choyonnghan-Kajok, an experimental black comedy, follows an eccentric... [More]
Directed By: Kim Jee-woon

#11

I Saw the Devil (2011)
81%

#11
Adjusted Score: 83.045%
Critics Consensus: Never flinching during its descent into depravity, I Saw the Devil is a pulverizing thriller that will give bloody satisfaction to audiences who like their revenge served with fiery rage.
Synopsis: I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master... [More]
Directed By: Kim Jee-woon

#10

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)
80%

#10
Adjusted Score: 83.275%
Critics Consensus: The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.
Synopsis: Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, and Kim Ok-bin star in Oldboy director Park Chan-wook's frightener concerning a priest whose life takes... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#9
Adjusted Score: 85.355%
Critics Consensus: This anthology contains brutal, powerful horror stories by three of Asia's top directors.
Synopsis: Three Asian directors, from Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan, join forces to create an omnibus horror film, Three...Extremes. In Fruit... [More]

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 86.017%
Critics Consensus: Restrained but disturbing, A Tale of Two Sisters is a creepily effective, if at times confusing, horror movie.
Synopsis: This supernatural horror film from Kim Jee-woon is inspired by the ancient Korean folktale "Jangha and Hongryun." Set in an... [More]
Directed By: Kim Jee-woon

#7

#Alive (2020)
88%

#7
Adjusted Score: 88.121%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, genuinely unsettling, and occasionally even funny, #alive proves the crowded zombie genre still has fresh stories to tell.
Synopsis: The rapid spread of an unknown infection has left an entire city in ungovernable chaos, but one survivor remains alive... [More]
Directed By: Il Cho

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 90.358%
Critics Consensus: A funny and wildly inventive hybrid of various genres, Save the Green Planet! is definitely a unique viewing experience.
Synopsis: The genre-bending black comedy sci-fi thriller Save the Green Planet! marks the feature debut of writer/director Jang Jun-hwan. Shin Ha-kyun... [More]
Directed By: Jang Joon-hwan

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 46.107%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on the local legends and stories of people who've visited the real-life abandoned hospital, GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM follows the... [More]
Directed By: Beom-sik Jeong

#4

The Host (2007)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97.947%
Critics Consensus: As populace pleasing as it is intellectually satisfying, The Host combines scares, laughs, and satire into a riveting, monster movie.
Synopsis: When a young girl is snatched away from her father by a horrifying giant monster that emerges from the River... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon Ho

#3
Adjusted Score: 98.045%
Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique -- and purely entertaining -- take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
Synopsis: TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho, Sang-ho Yeon

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 101.549%
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
Synopsis: The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin... [More]
Directed By: Na Hong-jin

#1

Seoul Station (2016)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 98.333%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling and relentless from start to finish, Yeon Sang-ho's Seoul Station is a layered and vicious entry into the zombie genre.
Synopsis: A man living in the train station in Seoul spreads the zombie virus infesting the entire city.... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho

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