12 Best Asian Horror Films You’ve Never Heard Of


I believe most of you have already come across an article with a similar title by JMH314. I commend him for coming up with a great list of overlooked Asian horror films and I take inspiration from his article idea. Although, I noticed how most of the films he wrote about were from Japan so I’ve done my best to mention one film from one country each. It’s a fair trade! Thus, as promised, I present to you 12 Asian horror films that sits behind the iron fence of mainstream gore fests.

1. Tomie (Japan)

OK OK, I’m a hypocrite. After remarking on how JMH314 mentioned most J-Horror films, here I am, starting the list with one from Japan itself. But nonetheless, it’s a kickstarter point because of the featured character I’m going to mention. You’ve heard of Sadako and Kayako, yes? Japan’s very own silky long-haired ghostly slayers? Their names have become quite a household item since Ringu and Ju-on were released chronologically. But have you ever met their middle sister, Tomie? No? Well,  based on the manga by Junji Ito (creator of Uzumaki), Tomie is a 1998 film about the murder of a high school girl named Tomie (obviously).

What sets Tomie apart from her well-known sisters is that she isn’t your typical vengeful spirit or tortured soul. She isn’t a ghost in the first place. In the manga, Tomie is described as an entity that embodies the meanings of lust, greed, envy and eternal suffering and she wants nothing more than to bring chaos and violence to the people who fall in love with her. She is self-destructive yet she can survive anything and can even regenerate, making her own existence a curse itself. The film follows a detective investigating a string of murders and an art student treated for amnesia. Having no memory of the three month period around Tomie’s death, the art student believes something supernatural is the cause.


2. Giữa hai thế giới a.k.a Between Two Worlds (Vietnam)

Between Two Worlds is a 2011 Vietnamese psychological horror that follows a young and beautiful woman who commits suicide because of depression. Fortunately, she didn’t die and ended up marrying a wealthy man, making her hope that life would be better. The film makes the whole chance scenario look like a normal process that can happen to anyone. What a shame. Living it big, she starts to encounter paranormal instances in her new home that somehow has a strange connection to her husband. Bet she didn’t expect that.

Vietnam isn’t really well-known for their horror films and if you’ve kept your eye on the news, back in 2007 the country’s authorities actually warned film makers against the making of films of the genre. So, their list is quite limited and the exposure to their industry is minimal. I’ve yet to watch Bay cap 3 (High School Trap), a Vietnamese teen slasher film that was banned from Vietnam theaters back in May 2012.



3. The Healing (Philippines)

I think I’ve previously mentioned how the Philippines has lost its touch in delivering original horror plots and the small number of really good films it has to bring the film industry’s back on its feet. One of the films I give credit for lifting the Philippines a bit higher on the shelf is last year’s The Healing directed Chito S. Roño. The film begins with Seth and her father, who had suffered from a stroke, waiting in line to be cured by a rumored faith healer, Manang Elsa. Non-believing at first, Seth and everyone else in their town were astounded when the father had regained his strength and begins to party and go back to his old drinking ways.

One thing led to another, Seth’s neighbors, friends and even her son all ask for her help to take them to be healed by Manang Elsa. Just like Seth’s old man, everyone else was healed the following day but then, Seth starts to notice the strange changes in their behavior. Until one night, one of the healed neighbors stabs a passer-by and then slashes her own neck. From here, the murders begin and those who were healed were the ones committing it. The Healing is full-on supernatural, accompanied by disturbingly fun and frightening scenes and a plot twist that impressively unfolds towards the end.

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4. Whispering Corridors: Voice (South Korea)

Voice was the fourth entry in the Whispering Corridors series and was released in 2005, debuting three actresses and the director itself. The film takes on a unique move as the progress of the story is shown from the perspective of the ghost itself. The main character is murdered in the beginning by a music sheet cutting her throat and being a spirit who can’t move on, she seeks the help of her friend who seems to be the only one who can hear her. The story progresses as we see how the ghost goes through several flashbacks, twists and turns to unravel the identity and motive of her murderer.

But something else walks amidst the astral plane with her, another spirit haunting her and the school. Honestly, I enjoyed Voice more than any of the Whispering Corridors films because of the direction the filming crew took and confusing plot that will leave you mindf*cked towards the end. The film is not frightening per se as the approach is from the ghost’s point of view but it is disturbing because we witness how spirits who were killed prior end up having no memory of what was done to them and who did it and we see how the mystery unfolds and intertwines amazingly.


5. Coming Soon (Thailand)

If Japan is known for its lovely ladies like Tomie and Sadako, Thailand has their very own beauty queen of fright. Shomba is the main star, or so you can say, of this 2008 Thai horror film. It centers on Shane, a debt ridden theater projectionist who bootlegs a much-hyped Thai horror to earn some money.

The film in the film (film-ception) is about a vengeful spirit of a crazed woman who was hanged after getting caught red-handed for abducting and blinding children. His friend, who decided to tape the movie first, suddenly disappears in the theater one night and is found inside the movie with his eyes gouged out. With the bootlegged film missing, Shane begins to encounter Shomba, the malevolent antagonist of that film, in several places and embarks on a mission to uncover the terrible secret behind the haunted movie.


6. Nightmare (China)

Not to be confused with another horror film of the same name and country. Just like Vietnam, Chinese authorities constantly bombards the film industry with warnings and strict rules on enforcing directors to stray away from so-called extreme horror and skinning it until it’s left with a psychological drag. Trying their best to harvest different themes with the method of horror, Nightmare is a 2011 film that embodies the determination to deliver legitimate scares despite the limitations.

The films follows a doctor, Fang Lei, who suffers from violents dreams and suspects that she might be a frequent sleepwalker. She is haunted by the memories of her parents’ deaths and is stalked by the usual long-haired ghost girl. As things get complicated, she runs into an old friend, Angel who is married to her once first love, Zhou Feng. Unfortunately, Zhou disappears and suspecting foul play, Fang Lei’s nightmares get worse and she starts to lose herself.



7. Possessed (Malaysia)

I’ve just recently acquired this film and I’ve yet to watch it, so expect a review on this soon. Possessed is a 2006 Malaysian film that centers on two sisters, Amber and Lisu, who travel to Malaysia from China to pursue their modelling and singing careers. Until one day, Lisu goes missing and Amber falls into a coma. Sent back to China for treatment, Amber wakes up after five months and has no recollection of her past and anyone else.

Her boyfriend decides to take her to Malaysia to help regain her memories. Once there, she starts getting nightmares and stumbles upon a photo of her and Lisu. Now determined to search for her, she encounters William who claims himself to be Lisu’s ex-lover. Bizarre things start to happen as Amber starts having visions of her sister and her nightmares become more violent.



8. Invitation Only (Taiwan)

This is by far one of my favorite slasher horror film made. Taiwan was actually proud to release Invitation Only and marketed it as the country’s very first Slasher. So, expectations were high prior to its release. The motives of the plot is original and disturbing and it takes a complete turn on conventional antagonists. And for the guys, you’d be surprised that this film was actually Maria Ozawa’s film debut. Spoiler Alert: She shows more than just bewbs. If you watch it, you’ll see what I mean. Invitation Only is 2009 Taiwanese horror that features Bryant Chang as Wade Chen.

Wade works for a rich CEO, Mr. Yang and one day, he rewards Wade’s work performance by sending him to an exclusive party on company money. Wade attends the party and his life instantly changes in a span of a few hours into the night. Until the guests at the party are somehow strategically hunted down and killed (gloriously) by a masked murderer. There’s more to the story and I don’t think my description can justify it.


9. Haunted 3D (India)

In 2011, India spoke high of Haunted 3D and marketed it as the country’s first “stereoscopic 3D horror”. In all honesty, I don’t favor 3D at all and I don’t think it can enhance a horror film or any other film in any aspect. Somehow, it just isn’t my thing.

The film is about Rehan, who was sent by his father to investigate a mansion for real estate business purposes. His investigation includes Rehan staying at the mansion for a few days before it is sold off. But mysterious things happen one night and Rehan is determined to uncover the truth behind the hauntings.


10. Ghost Child (Singapore)

Just recently released last March, Ghost Child is Singaporean horror that stars Chen Hanwei and Carmen Soo. It revolves around a widower named Choon who is soon to marry Na, a woman whom he saved from Indonesian bandits. As she moves in with Choon and Choon’s teenage daughter, she brings with her a strange urn.

As usual, strange things start to happen and Choon’s mother suddenly gets injured for no reason. Choon’s daughter, Kim, first suspects the hauntings were the doing of her dead mother but when she discovers the “urn” and its contents, Kim attempts to get rid of it.


11. The Witness (Indonesia)

In association with the Philippine production house, GMA films, The Witness is 2012 horror-action films that follows Angel, a Filipino hotel assistant manager, who moves to Jakarta to be with her family. There, she is suddenly haunted by a recurring nightmare of man committing suicide. One unfortunate day, her whole family is massacred and she is suddenly chased and shot down by a killer.

Although, she manages to survive and has a vivid memory of the perpetrator. Angel then starts to see apparitions of her sister and the events that led to their death and with the help of a detective, she follows the trails of her sister’s apparitions that eventually lead to the killer himself.


12. Dead Sands (Bahrain)

OK, this entry is a little misleading due to fact that the film hasn’t released yet and is scheduled to show sometime this year. Nonetheless, I have to commend it due to it being the first horror film to come from the Arabian Gulf (which is still a part of Asia, mind you). Hailing from the Kingdom of Bahrain comes the first full-fledged zombie horror film.

The film follows seven strangers brought together by chance in the uproar of a viral outbreak. As the story progresses, the characters must “survive not only a horde of the undead but their own differences and prejudices as well.”



Honorable Mentions: Ju-on: White Ghost (Japan), Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait (South Korea), The Victim (Thailand), The Closet (China), Good Will Evil (Taiwan), Ghost On Air (Singapore)

End! 😉 I hope you enjoyed the concise post of my list of obscure Asian horror films. Now I must challenge you, dear reader: tell me something that I don’t know yet and comment below your short list of overlooked Asian horror films. Ganbatte-ne!


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      1. Gershom May 4, 2013 at 5:13 am

        I agree with the list by far but one thing I don’t think should be there is the Filipino film The Healing. I believe it should be commended for finally bringing the graphically bloody element of the genre into Filipino horror but besides that, nothing original or convincing from the film itself.

        • wh000re October 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm


        • joie December 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm

          hey whats wrong with you?..you didnt appreciate the healing?..then go hang yourself..butthead.

        • Mac . December 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm

          Racist ..

        • Gershom July 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm

          Whoa, why such hateful comments? I’m Filipino myself and a fan of Filipino horror, just expressing my view that there should’ve been another Filipino horror movie picked (ie Pa-siyam, Pamana, Feng Shui, Shake Rattle Roll 1, etc.). *I guess I should be honored to experience my first taste of cyber-bullying? hahaha* Anyway, peace and love to all, and always–happy watching 😀

        • Bread September 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm

          Just because the guy didn’t like the Filipino one, means he’s racist? Butthurt. Nakakahiya kayo.

          I’m also Filipino and I must say I’ve become cynical of Filipino horror since after Feng Shui. I did like this particular film a lot though, the eyes were creepy, the neck-bend scene (see pic) almost gave me nightmares. It’s still worth a watch in my opinion, just wish they didn’t use Kim Chui.

        • Gershom September 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

          Thank you for the level-headed view, Bread! :) Didn’t realize I’d get such hate from stating a mere honest opinion. I guess that’s what you get from people who don’t read your comments closely. I don’t get what makes my post racist, or for that matter makes me an asshole, for singling out The Healing in the list. I love Filipino horror and am a Filipino myself, but I just happen to feel that there could’ve been a better pick to represent a Filipino film most people have never heard of. Anyway, thank you very much for showing the respectfulness and level-headedness of our people and culture! Kudos! 😀

        • JadeFox October 23, 2014 at 3:06 am

          I’m filipino (filipina as I’m female) too and I was going to say something about The Healing. Honestly, not the best or scariest Filipino horror film around. I would suggest movies like the early Shake, Rattle and Roll anthologies. Those were great. I still get the creeps whenever I recall SRR 5’s segment on Anino. Then there’s also the movie Vampira. Or maybe Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara. Chanak? Impakto? Although, honestly, the latter is something I saw years and years ago when I was still young in the 90s. But The Healing? Wow – put me on a roll because I could sleep during that movie. Actually, I’ve not seen one good Filipino Horror Film since the 2000s. Those films has nothing on their earlier contemporaries. Pure creepy. (I feel sad at the decline of the brilliant Shake, Rattle and Roll in the recent years. I kept trying to give some of the newer anthologies a chance but it’s worst than a B-Horror Movie. If you want a good scare, best find a subtitled (for those non-Tagalog speakers) versions of Magandang Gabi Bayan, Halloween Special. It’s basically a News Program but Halloween Themed doing reports based on ‘real-accounts’. Those kept me awake a couple of nights-in since I re-saw them again.)

          As for The Healing, it is so slow moving and, unless you’re not well verse in movie language, very predictable. I lament on why Filipino directors nowadays stick to formulaic film-making… Having worked with some industry people, the general atmosphere is all geared towards Mass-Appeal and Biggest-Profit-Returns. Old shtick but very true to any industry where art of storytelling is sacrificed for Ratings and Revenues.

          Honestly, it’s nice when Filipinos can appropriately criticize OR honestly say a bad Filipino film when it is one. I’m sick and tired of the majority who do nothing but nod and agree (or go worst than fanboy/fangirl crazy just because their favourite Love team is together -despite the horrendous film. Hello? She’s Dating a Gangster? I’m a fan of its director and LT but I HATE that movie!).

          P.S. Gershom – Feng Shui? Really? That’s like a really bad movie again. Anything current with Kris Aquino is bad, bad, bad. She should just stick to being a Talk Show Host. That’s her strength, not in the movies.

          Also, please don’t call the OP racist or other derogatory terms. Unless you can personally state why (but there’s better ways to do this), or articulate the reason why The Healing should be included, say so eloquently – otherwise you’re betraying your age. Swearing online isn’t cool ~kids. The general consensus, whether you care or not, is that you’re underage and still needs educating/ experiencing on the World. Appearing dumb, even towards strangers whose face you won’t know, isn’t cool.


      2. Tanzim May 4, 2013 at 8:57 am

        Cool list. I am definitely going to check out Witness and Tomie. I’d add the Indian film ‘Darna Mana Hai’ to the list, it’s an interesting horror anthology with several good stories.

      3. bob101910 May 5, 2013 at 1:58 am

        I’m still on the last list. I’ll have to add these ones now too.

      4. rusty May 6, 2013 at 12:19 am

        Truely magnifying but the healing,i dont think it should be in this list

      5. Florence Dupuis May 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

        There’s one missing…I don’t know where it is exactly, but its asian: Creepy Hide and Seek. Its very damn good, I love it :)

      6. Travis Gillespie May 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        I enjoyed Dream Home (China), Macabre (Singapore), and Re-Cycle (China). I’m really looking forward to checking out Invitation only.

      7. Cristina June 12, 2013 at 1:53 am

        Try watching No Mercy (Korea) one of my favorites :)

      8. DEEV101 June 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm

        Someone Behind You
        A Tale of Two Sisters
        Doll Master
        Bunshinsaba (☆)
        — S. Korea —

        The Nurse
        4bia 2
        — Thailand —

        Enjoy! (`_´)ゞ

        ( ̄▽ ̄) Horror films lover.

        • sherry January 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm

          There’s another one missing. Sorry I can’t remember the name, however it was made in China, or Tokyo, could have been Japan. It was a one title horror movie that Rob Zombie stated “that movie disturbed me”

        • JadeFox October 23, 2014 at 3:15 am

          I think the Author decided to go on a route not like other lists regarding this subject. Most of the ones you’ve mentioned appear frequently in many other lists online. It’s nothing new or exciting and completely misinforms non-Asians to what is actually available out there. I mean, don’t you think those other lists repetitive and limited? I’m quite glad I came across this because some of the Titles here I haven’t heard or seen. And I’m Asian.

          But thanks for contributing :)

      9. choxie July 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

        I agree with some peeps that The Healing should not be included. Sukob and The Maid are far scarier than The Healing.

      10. mervinmj July 5, 2013 at 4:51 am

        Dead Sands is not the first horor film from middle east. “Paranorma There Is Always a Dark Side” is a horror film from Baharin was released in 2011.

      11. Dara Gi July 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        Try watching “Feng Shui” (Philippines), better than “The Healing”.

        • Diego De Mauro April 2, 2014 at 3:46 am

          You’re absolutely RIGHT !!!

        • JadeFox October 23, 2014 at 3:22 am

          Each to their own opinions. Granted.
          But Feng Shui is a bad predictable movie. I liken it to a lullaby because it can put you straight to sleep due of it’s predictability and wooden acting. But then again, I’d rather do something than sleep to a boring film. I suggested, on another post here, earlier Tagalog Horrors. Those were better.

          But please, if you know of any current 2000s (onward) Filipino movies, something that is not generally re-quoted or re-listed in majority of sites like this, please let us know. I’m Filipina and I looked everywhere. But unfortunately, seeing as I don’t live back Home, I have to make do with what I can find online – and it’s dismally small suggestions.

      12. Christina July 23, 2013 at 5:17 am

        Where can I buy these movies online. I live in New Zealand and can’t seem to be able to get any of these movies. I thought Feng Shui and the Maid were brilliant. I am a huge Asian horror fan.

        • Ennia Merrican October 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

          Most of these movies are on YouTube.

        • JadeFox October 23, 2014 at 3:23 am

          Ebay, Amazon.. etc. Just look online and you will find many sites that do sell online.

      13. James July 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

        Can anyone recall the film with the female that is the aggressor, I have one seen stuck in my head where she is chopping off the mans foot with a cheese wire saying “tuki tuki tuki” and laughing?

        • thegreatdicktator July 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          Audition was the name of that one James, I just finished it!

        • Sky September 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm


      14. gopi August 2, 2013 at 6:12 am

        above all these try”kanchana:muni part-2″ the most scariest horror film ever made in india

      15. cher August 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        Anyone watch this Thailand horror ‘ Slice ‘ ? Great movie!

      16. alison dilaurentis September 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

        in my perspective, u will surely enjoy
        -wishing stairs
        -one missed call
        -someone behind you
        -bloody reunion
        -coming soon
        -doll master
        -the victim
        -art of the devil 1,2, and 3
        -death bell

        • mimiko33 April 19, 2014 at 9:51 am

          One Missed Call and Shutter are AWESOME!!!

      17. adnan September 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

        which one is most scary plz tell me

        • aaron September 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm

          That question is impossible to answer, scary is a relative term, that is different to everyone person,but coming soon is definitely the best of the bunch, it is a well known movie though

      18. Liann September 21, 2013 at 3:11 am

        Philippines best horror movie The Healing? Nah… Feng Shui, and some of shake rattle and roll (i think the old ones?)

      19. Mats Johan (@Mats_Johan_H) September 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

        cello, meat grinder, wishing stairs, voices, abnormal beauty, coming soon, the maid, phone, noroi – the curse,
        ju-rei, the eye 2002, silk 2006, muoi, cinderella, blood pledge, bloody reunion, APT, uzumaki, tale of two sisters, kairo,
        midnight ballad for ghost theater, marebito, the forbidden door, alone, sick nurses, shutter, creepy hide and seek,
        the uninvited, phobia, one missed call 1 & 2, death bell 1 & 2, reincarnation, dark water, carved, the doll master,
        apartment 1303, suicide club, evil twin, bushinsaba….

        Here’s a few I enjoyed. I don’t get scard anymore so I’m having a really hard time finding good horror movies. goto asian-horror-movies.com or asiatorrents.com and sign up there. both got plenty and then there’s some on youtube too. too much to mention.must of seen 1000 asian hororr movies.

      20. 143prince September 27, 2013 at 6:54 am

        – Sigaw (The Echo)
        – Feng shui
        – Sukob (Wedding Curse)
        – OUIJA
        – Sundo

      21. Isay September 29, 2013 at 3:43 am

        I’m a Filipino and an avid fun of horror movies, and I don’t think the Healing should be here, it’s not scary, but damn funny.

      22. Danniel September 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        Kowai Onna should be in the list too. It is a japanese trilogy, the first of the three stories is the best I think it is titled Unholy Woman. It has an unexpected ending.

      23. Donzkie October 1, 2013 at 12:32 am

        HALIMAW SA BANGA, PATAYIN SA SINDAK SI BARBARA and other old filipino horror movies is better and much origonal than the healing.

        • kengkoyehyun October 28, 2013 at 10:54 am

          Yeah Patayin sa sindak si Barbara 1974 and 1995 was awesome!

        • Gershom July 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm

          Those two suggestions are some pretty awesome movies! 😀 I especially love the old Susan Roces-starrers Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara, Gumising Ka Maruja, and Maligno. And yes, the 1995 remake of Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara is equally worthy or a re-watch. Gotta love these classic film titles (“Kill Barbara with Fright”, etc) :)

      24. Nikkie October 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

        Classic horror film from philippines try shake rattle n roll 1 (3 story in one movie) and Aswang (by alma moreno) scary than the healing.

        • choxie0919 May 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

          I agree! The first shake rattle & roll is the best among the rest of the srr series.

      25. Ronnapoom October 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

        Thai Best Horrow.. THE UNSEEABLE… you will happy with this movie.

      26. zhummies October 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        Yanggaw from the Philippines is good as well. Its an indie produced, regional horror that has some deeply rooted Filipino qualities. You guys should check it out :)

        • Gershom July 5, 2014 at 10:31 pm

          Yes! That’s another totally great Filipino horror title 😀 Kudos for having seen it!

      27. Brielle October 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

        Hi i’m looking for an early 1990’s hong kong horror movie. i remember at 1 scene there was this girl who was standing on a chair in a house or something and there was alot of water coming from the water tank in the ceiling and she was drinking from it until her belly becomes very bloated. Can anyone recall the title of this movie? Thanks

      28. elle November 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

        Hello, does anybody know the title of that asian horror about a hunted movie set? Where the director in the movie found a movie film and when he played it, saw a whitelady laughing with a black mouth behind the male and female actors delivering a line. The ending was the director ending up on the dusty attic with the black mouth woman walking slowly towards him… please help

      29. Seth5641 November 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

        I’m from the Philippines and I could say that the Healing was one fun and thrilling movie, but scary? I don’t think so. Not if you consider a badly CGI post produced little girl jumping off a temple, landing on a pole and then slides off slowly? (That was hilariously epic). I would consider Yanggaw and The Road as one of the best horror movies here. It’s not very scary though but their stories pack a lot of dem feels. Heavy stuff.

        • Diego De Mauro April 2, 2014 at 4:03 am

          Are you fuckin’ out of your mind?! your suggesting THE ROAD?! really?? No one deserves to watch that trashy movie! that was the Ugliest Horror movie of all time, even the story! it has no originality! -___-

      30. Seth5641 November 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm

        I would also include SIGAW (American remake: The Echo) andFENG SHUI

      31. Seth5641 November 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        AND OUIJA

      32. horror fan December 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm

        Ppl do try pizza,janma natchatram n 13am number veedu.indian tamil movies

      33. Mac . December 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

        Smelly Fish . Yah know what i mean ..

      34. pras December 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

        any thing else?

      35. AJ January 2, 2014 at 6:55 am

        How about ‘pag-pag’ from Philippines? it’s the best horror movie of all time.. (as I know since many people watch it)

      36. patskie January 3, 2014 at 2:34 am

        uhmmmm…. does anyone of you knows that Filipino horror movie the one that, the girl’s friend died and she chopped his body then sold it to a couple then the guy and the girl’s friend swapped souls ( i didnt get to finish the movie and its already been ages since i watched that movie TT.TT )

      37. Jeffrey Co February 2, 2014 at 2:37 am

        Horror Stories 1 gave me the creeps especially the first story, but most of the stories are vague since they have to fit it in a short period of time. But for the scary factor I would like to give it a high grade, Horror Stories 1 is a korean movie wherein a kidnapped girl has to tell scary stories in order to keep her alive. For a well written story I would like to recommend Confessions.

      38. JOHN SACUAL February 6, 2014 at 1:56 am



        • Anna March 4, 2014 at 8:18 am

          Nightmare from Korea is really scary. I recommend it!

      39. Diego De Mauro April 2, 2014 at 3:55 am

        In the Philippines, Feng Shui is much deserve to be in this list than The healing
        FENG SHUI REALLY SCARED ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      40. Ram de Tagle April 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

        As a Filipino who loves watching horror movies, i must honestly say, the Healing was by far, not among the scariest horror movies in Filipino Movie History.. Same as our fellow Asian brothers, i believe that the best horror movies must possess or reflect the culture and history of its country’s origins.. He is my list of the best Filipino Horror Movies..

        01. Itim “The Rites of May” (1977) – In my opinion, one of the most eerie and spine tingling Filipino horror movies, not because of special effects, scary monsters or malevolent demons but rather to the sheer cinematography of the movie.. The movie portrays a dark and eerie atmosphere plus the fact the the movie was set during Holy Week, a sacred time for Filipino Catholics added to its mysterious and creepy undertones.. Plus, it has some of the most disturbing use of Catholic religious icons ever in a Filipino movie.. Its the best amalgamation of an old school ghost story and the strong Catholic belief of Filipinos..

        02. Sukob “The Wedding Curse” (2006) – A movie based on the old Filipino superstition in which one should not get married in the same year an immediate relative dies or is married or no siblings should be married within a year. Awesome story line and really creepy atmosphere..

        03. Feng Shui – A movie based on the Filipino belief adapted from the Chinese with regards to the luck brought by “good luck charms”.. Really awesome movie as the writers managed to blur the line of what is a blessing and what is a curse..

        04. Yanggaw – A movie based on the Filipino myth of the Aswang.. it tells about the story of how a typical provincial family deals with the fact that a family members has been tainted with the Aswang curse.. The story deals with the burden of choosing between what is right and the strong family love.. Really great movie..

        05. Pa-Siyam – Another movie based on an old Filipino custom/belief in which the living relatives of the departed would offer prayers of the rosary for the dead every evening for nine days.. The custom is base on the old belief that the soul of the departed enters the afterlife on the ninth day.. The movie has some very haunting scenes and probably has some of the best plot twist..

        06. Numbalikdiwa – A movie is is based on a supposedly ancient, but probably fictional macabre ritual where the dead assumes the body of a living person by consuming the flesh of the departed one.. Really awesome movie with very nice plot twist..

        07. Tiyanak (1988) – A movie based on the Filipino myth about the Tiyanak, a goulish/vampiric creature which takes the form of a newborn baby and reverts back to its monstrous form when attacking.. The movie’s old and eerie undertones is perfect for the old school scares..I specifically like the use Catholic Filipino belief is describing the origins of the Tiyanak, it makes the movie have a more spiritual connection to the Filipino viewers..

        08. Shake, Rattle and Roll 2 “Aswang” (1990)

        09. Halimaw sa Banga (1986)

        10. Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara (1975/1995)

        • Gershom July 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm

          Wow, really nice list. :) I’m delighted that someone finally mentioned a Mike De Leon film! Another great “horror” film by De Leon is Kisapmata also starring Charo Santos, with Jay Ilagan, Vic Silayan, and Charito Solis. I put horror in quotation marks as the film is technically a true crime story but with enough horrific and horrifying elements and moods incorporated into the film that I feel it deserves the honor of being counted as one. :) Great job with compiling this list of interesting titles! 😀

        • JadeFox October 23, 2014 at 3:28 am

          Awesome! Thanks :)

          Although, personally, I won’t include Feng Shui anywhere in my Top Filipino Horror lists. It’s a terrible movie. Grood (great+good) premise. Terrible execution.

          Anyways, that’s just my opinion.

          Thank you for the other Titles. I’m filipina but I didn’t grow up back Home so it’s nice to find a list that’s not like many others online. Cheers :)

      41. Nathaniel Geonzon April 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

        I really suggest you would want to watch SANIB. It is Filipino and old. Old ones are you cant beat. More extrene scary than The Exorcist. It is so awesome. But before watching, you might wanna watch the trailer first. I agree with u all,

      42. Bj April 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm

        ForGot the movie recycle ,ringu ,reincarnation, premonition, tales of two sisters,

        • mimiko33 April 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

          I totally agree with you! Plus The Eye, The eye 2, One Missed Call, Alone, Shutter, Dark Water
          and Ju-On.

      43. Bj April 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        I recommend whole those movies

      44. Bj April 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        Can someone help me out with a name of a movie all I can remember. Was a little boy become part of tree at the end the movie I think he was dead all along

        • Naz April 25, 2014 at 9:39 pm


      45. choxie0919 May 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

        How about Tales of Terror from Tokyo vols. 1-3, Hansel & Gretel, Phobia 1&2, Petshop of Horrors?

      46. Trixia July 28, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        Feng shui is much better than the healing! I swear!

      47. 1075 August 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm

        Filipinos all over the internet. Haha. Such cry babies when someone shares their opinion.

        • JadeFox October 23, 2014 at 3:33 am

          Had fun there did you? Right now, for myself, I’m momentarily bored hence the reason I’m remarking on your comment. Some of them (us) actually contributed positively to this article, while some, as you said, are like cry babies. But you find that almost in any site that allows a comment. It’s embarrassing slash amusing. Just look onward and toward youtube.

      48. lee November 15, 2014 at 7:28 am

        i know one filipino movie in ilonggo–titled yanggaw , i dont consider it as a horror movie, but its a creepy for me ,

      49. peter wolf December 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

        Alison your choice of Asian horror is superb had this one ages ago “Three Extremes” always a fave “A Tale Of Two Sisters” “Audition” the ultra violent “I saw The Devil” the sick movie Dumplings” “Alone” “Rampo Noir” finally saw it on tv “Thirst” “Premonition, Cinderella and at the time “Red Shoes”

      50. Rafael October 20, 2016 at 8:55 pm


      51. Rafael October 20, 2016 at 9:05 pm

        The Eye, Whsipering corridors: Blood Pledge, One missed call, WHITE: Curse of melody, D-day, Yoga, Laddaland, Alone, The cat, Face, MUOI: Legend of a Portrait, Forbidden floor, February 29, Hair Extension

      52. Rafael October 20, 2016 at 9:08 pm

        Bloody reunion, The Maid, I miss You, The wig, The doll master, Train to Busan, Art of the Devil 1, 2, 3, Tamami:The baby curse, Whsipering corridors 3: Wishing Stairs, Bedevilled, Acacia, Evil twin, Phone

      53. Tom January 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm

        Hi everyone, just trying to check if anyone here can recall these 2 90s horror film from Hong Kong (I think), first being this psychotic woman going around killing people with the cops following her, one very memorable scene was she used a pen knife concealed in a tissue to slit one of the person’s neck, on the bridge, and somehow the scene also had this place full of transparent boxes containing a lot of insects and cockroaches…

        The second being this HK film where a “Monster” or devil invades this building and Long hairs grew from the air-conditioning inside the building, the final scene took place at the rooftop with the Monster showing itself…

        Hope the experienced movie fans here will know and can help! Thank you…