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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 (2002)
56%

#15
Adjusted Score: 19419%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A driven journalist (Ha Ji-won) investigates strange, threatening calls on her cell phone.... [More]
Directed By: Ahn Byeong-ki

#14

Hansel & Gretel (2007)
77%

#14
Adjusted Score: 42284%
Critics Consensus: Ghoulish genre-bending asian horror boasts impressive production design, but an unsatisfactory denouement.
Synopsis: Eun-soo gets lost in the forest and is led to a house whose inhabitants never age.... [More]
Directed By: Im Pilseong

#13

The Wrath (2018)
80%

#13
Adjusted Score: 23134%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A tragedy befalls a family and leads to the discovery that a spirit haunts their home.... [More]
Directed By: Yoo Yeongseon

#12

The Quiet Family (1998)
80%

#12
Adjusted Score: 29790%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A family of innkeepers finds a novel solution to the problem of guests who die unexpectedly.... [More]
Directed By: Kim Ji-eon

#11

I Saw the Devil (2010)
81%

#11
Adjusted Score: 83627%
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: The line between good and evil begins to blur when an agent (Lee Byung-hun) goes on the hunt for the... [More]
Directed By: Kim Jee-woon

#10

Thirst (2009)
80%

#10
Adjusted Score: 83742%
Critics Consensus: The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.
Synopsis: Infected with a deadly virus, a priest (Song Kang-ho) becomes a vampire after receiving a transfusion of unknown blood.... [More]
Directed By: Park Chan-wook

#9
Adjusted Score: 84580%
Critics Consensus: This anthology contains brutal, powerful horror stories by three of Asia's top directors.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Directed By: Takashi Miike

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 86348%
Critics Consensus: Restrained but disturbing, A Tale of Two Sisters is a creepily effective, if at times confusing, horror movie.
Synopsis: Strange events plague teens who live in a creepy house with their father (Moon Geun-young) and stepmother (Kim Kap-soo).... [More]
Directed By: Kim Jee-woon

#7

#Alive (2020)
88%

#7
Adjusted Score: 87331%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted, genuinely unsettling, and occasionally even funny, #alive proves the crowded zombie genre still has fresh stories to tell.
Synopsis: A rapidly spreading infection leaves one survivor in the entire city.... [More]
Directed By: Il Cho

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 90505%
Critics Consensus: A funny and wildly inventive hybrid of various genres, Save the Green Planet! is definitely a unique viewing experience.
Synopsis: A disgruntled man (Shin Ha-kyun) kidnaps a tycoon (Baek Yun-shik) whom he believes is the leader of an imminent extraterrestrial... [More]
Directed By: Jang Joon-hwan

#5
#5
Adjusted Score: 55881%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The crew of a horror web series travels to an abandoned asylum for a live broadcast. It soon encounters much... [More]
Directed By: Jeong Beom-sik

#4

The Host (2006)
93%

#4
Adjusted Score: 97639%
Critics Consensus: As populace pleasing as it is intellectually satisfying, The Host combines scares, laughs, and satire into a riveting, monster movie.
Synopsis: A South Korean family (Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong) must save a daughter (Go Ah-sung) from a horrible monster that emerged... [More]
Directed By: Bong Joon-ho

#3

Train to Busan (2016)
94%

#3
Adjusted Score: 99145%
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: A man (Gong Yoo), his estranged daughter and other passengers become trapped on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho

#2

The Wailing (2016)
99%

#2
Adjusted Score: 101286%
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
Synopsis: Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a mysterious stranger... [More]
Directed By: Na Hong-jin

#1

Seoul Station (2016)
100%

#1
Adjusted Score: 100188%
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 desperately searches for his runaway daughter as the government struggles to shut down the area around a zombie... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho

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