Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

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5.) Marebito (2005):

Here is a film that gets overlooked because of the directors other successful films.  Takashi Shimizu, director of the wildly successful Ju-on Series, creates a very stylish film that is a little puzzling and a little uncomfortable.  The film follows Masuoka as he discovers an underground tunnel run by creatures called Deros.

He finds a girl that he brings home to try and rescue but he soon finds himself at wits end trying to accomidate her insatiable appitite for blood.  It is a film that will make you think and also disturb you a little.  Shot in only 8 days before Ju-On began filming, Marebito is an intriguing psychological horror that doesnt get the recognition it deserves.

Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

4.) Ebola Syndrome (1996):

Straight out of Hong Kong, here is a film that is a little Sweeney Todd mixed with Outbreak.  The story revolves around a man who came down with the Ebola virus after raping a girl in South Africa.  He returns to Hong Kong and begins to spread the disease in various ways such as unknowingly infecting people, killing them, and then serving them as burger meat in his restaurant.

This one is quite brutal as it is filled with over-the-top sex and violence.  Its got all the blood and bodily fluid that anyone looking for a graphically violent film could ask for and even has some pretty good laughs as well.  This is definately one for those of you with a twisted mind.

Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

3.) Jigoku (1960):

Foreign horror films that date back almost 5 decades arent high on everybody’s “to do” list.  However I think everyone should get their hands on Jigoku and see what was once Japan’s most gruesome and bizarre movie.  This film is almost split into two halves because half takes place in real life and half takes place in the afterlife.

The second half in Hell is definately where things begin to get crazy but on the whole the film is an all-around treat.  I see some of the gore and it makes me wonder if this can be considered one of the first gore films.  Not too many other films were doing what they did with Jigoku back in 1960.  I suggest you check this classic out and see for yourself.

Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

2.) Cure (1997):

So this may be the most well known film I am mentioning, but I still think there are enough people who havent heard of it to include it.  Cure is Japanese equivalent to the US film Se7en.  It is a slow paced crime thriller/drama that follows a string of extremely gory murders. Every murder is commited by someone who doesnt have any recolection of what happened or how they got there, but victim is linked with an X carved in their necks.

Cure is a film that has wonderful cinematography and is a great case study on madness.  It’s almost hypnotic as it plays with your mind and keeps you thinking up until the very end.  A definite must see if you enjoy a blood filled crime themed horror films.

Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

1.) Noroi (2005):

Somebody send a note to the Blair Witch people because this is what a fake horror documentary should be.  A journalist obsessed with the paranormal begins to investigate unrelated strange phenomenons.  He eventually links them to a ritual to the demon Kagutaba and he will soon stop at nothing to uncover Kagutaba’s mysteries on film.

If someones handed me Noroi and told me nothing about it, I would have thought it was real.  From start to finish the style made me feel like it was a true documentary and did so while maintaining a high level of tension.  The suspense builds all the way to the almost perfect and completely unnerving ending.  If you can find this movie, see it. You wont regret it.

Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

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      1. Andreas Port August 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

        I know 7 of them! :P

      2. Manabu Sasaki August 25, 2012 at 9:30 am

        I think Cure’s picture ←→ Noroi’s picture.

      3. melissa stephens August 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        seens osme of them going ot see some of them!! Dd you ever see Quija? scary!! chekc it out if you havent scary scary asian horror film.. same s above kinda girls call demon on quija board and demon ocmes but much freaker then my write up

      4. Marigen Beltran August 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        Only seen 5 of the 10 mentioned…

      5. HT March 11, 2013 at 12:01 am

        Not going to warn people of the real animal death in Ebola Syndrome?

        It’s not drawn out but it’s still there and some people don’t appreciate that appearing without warning.

      6. John W March 17, 2013 at 1:29 am

        It figures the one I really want to see, Noroi, is the only one netflix doesn’t have.

        Cure is an awesome movie, if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it.

        • bob101910 March 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

          I couldn’t find a few of them on Netflix. Maybe they have a different name on Netflix that I should be searching for instead? Couldn’t find Ebola Syndrome, The Doll Master, Alone, or Noroi.

      7. bob101910 March 17, 2013 at 11:49 pm

        I think I’ve only seen 1 of these (Men Behind the sun). It wasn’t so much scary as it was disturbing, especially when you find out that kind of stuff actually happened. I’ll have to check Netflix for the others.

        • bob101910 March 18, 2013 at 12:01 am

          Also saw Marebito. Forgot about it because I didn’t like it.

      8. Peter Wolff March 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        Here are a couple more “Audition”, “A Tale of two Sisters” how could you not forget “Suicide Club”, “Norikas Dinner Table” aka “Suicide Club 2″, “Re-Cycle” the out an out cult classic “Imprint”, “Battle Royale”, “Into The Mirror” a minor classic “R-Point”, the ultimate gory “Art Of The Devil” and an early fave “Koma”

        • Zavoid May 9, 2013 at 1:57 am

          Battle Royale isn’t a horror film. That’s probably the reason it was left out.

      9. naivishai April 1, 2013 at 8:10 am

        I have seen a few of these great movies. i have two questions is the Eko Eko series and Whispering Corriders series the same movies but different names. question #2 where can i stream some of the movies you memtion like Noroi online

      10. bt April 2, 2013 at 3:46 am

        I will check out the rest of the list just because I happened to have been lucky enough to watch Noroi and loved it. It is as you said how a horror mockumentary should be. When I recommend it to people I don’t tell them it’s a mockumentary so they get the full effect when watching it. Unfortunately, it’s a bit hard to find a good version but there should still be versions available on Youtube atleast that’s how I got to watch it.

      11. Naivishai April 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        I’m ashamed for someone like myself who enjoys watching Asian horror movies there are many titles on your list I don’t recognise. I like the movie Friends I don’t remember the real name for it and I agree with some of your chooses except Marebito. I though they tried hard to make it a good movie but the massive blood consuming thing was a turn off in my opinion.

      12. Peter Wolff April 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

        Naivishai, i must admit the above movies i really can’t get into them anymore, i guess i am mellowing out a bit at that time i was going through a huge Asian Horror movie cycle, i must admit i am tempted to sell them for a small price.

      13. LaViajeraMorena April 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        Thanks! I have been looking for new Asian horror films to watch :)

      14. Ljubisa Pejic April 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

        Nice list. I have a lot of asian movies which I seen and you wont be desapointed. So here we go: Comming soon 2009, The heirloom 2009, Pulse- Kairo, Forbidenn door 2009, Who are you 2010, Bestseller 2010, Antartic journal, Re-cycle, Ladda land 2011, The black house 2007, The house 2008, Shutter 2004, Silk 2006, Into the mirror, Ju- on 1, 2, Acacia, Arang, Bedevilled, R-point, Spider forrest, Rule #1, The eye, the coffin 2008, body 19, dorm 2006, phobia 2. I think that some of them some of readers havent heard of, but you will like them I garantee you.

      15. Johan Mar July 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

        Wtf.. Doll Master is terrible! I didn’t even finish it!

      16. joseph January 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm

        i love this film