Top 10 Asian Horror Films
Editor’s Notes: Rigor Mortis is now out in limited theatrical release.
Horror films have been terrifying me since I first set eyes on them. As a genre, there are many reasons for the seemingly constant production and audiences keep coming back for the thrill of the scare. Asian horror films are in a complex league of their own, more often than not being the subject of a Hollywood remake. Sadly the Hollywood productions only offer the obligation of an English language version featuring an English speaking cast of actors as the original is seen to be too niche or not having a distribution worthy audience demographic. There are classics out there that horror fans aren’t even aware of and I’m confident that if more people ignored the subtitles barrier they’d receive a welcomed re-education. In terms of the offerings Asian directors have brought to the horror genre, the contribution has been and continues to be substantial. In this list I’ve tried to keep it as diverse, but have ended up with East Asian horror features taking over. Japanese and South Korean cinema has an invested history in horror films and to this day their production scope turns head the globe over. A lot of these narratives are based on manga series of the same titles and so by the time they’ve even reached the big screen they have a following in Eastern Asia. Social horrors and disturbing paranormal forces combine to weave a web of mind bending fear. Some of the most terrifying, creepy and downright unforgettable imagery can be found within these features. I’ll be sleeping with the lights on for weeks now…whatever good that’d do.