Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

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Alright, so the title is a little misleading.  We have a large array of horror fans and I’d be foolish to think I’m the only one who has ever seen or heard of these titles.  However, for the most part when you talk to people about Asian horror you get a LOT of the same titles thrown around.

There is nothing wrong with that because there are some pretty damn good Asian horror flicks that most people have seen.  With that said, I wanted to broaden people’s horizons and came up with a list of ten Asian horror films that often go overlooked.  It’s a big genre so it’s my attempt to get people to branch out a little and get past all the scary dark haired girls of Asian horror cinema.

10.) Men Behind the Sun (1988):

This is a tough one to start this list off with.  Men Behind the Sun is really a war film, but it’s torture and brutality make this a very realistic horror film IMO.  The storyline is revolves around a place called Squadron 731 where Japanese troops torture Chinese troops and use them as test subjects for a deadly plague during WWII.

The film is basically gore scene after gore scene with some pretty intense torture.  This film is not for the weak stomached and probably not best for war vets as it is pretty grotesque.  I’m not trying to spoil anything but just to warn you there is a scene where a real live animal is gruesomely killed and a real child cadaver is used for a scene. I dont advocate either, but unfortunately its part of the “realism” they were striving for.

Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

9.) Eko Eko Azarak series:

Here is a film series I am surpirsed hasnt been remade yet.  The reason behind this is this series is the definition of teen targeted horror.  It’s very similar idea to Buffy.  It deals with young school girls dabbling in black magic and unleashing demons on each other.

However unlike Buffy, the Eko Eko Azarak films have more interesting characters, a great musical score, and much more explicit sex and violence.  Even if you arent into a film about female students using black magic, check out the first film in the series Eko Eko Azark: Wizard of Darkness.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

8.) The Doll Master (2004):

I am pretty sure the title made everyone think Puppet Master and its a fair thought as it is sort of a knockoff.  However, this one isnt built to be cheesy and actually is pretty creepy.  It follows a group of students who were invited to see a private viewing of a doll gallery.

The dolls begin to kill the kids after a vengeful spirit brings the dolls to life.  Pretty familiar plot but the dolls can be kind of creepy and the film is very well acted.  It does start off a little slow but I think it picks itself up as it moves along.  For you gore hounds, there is some decent blood but nothing above and beyond what you’d expect.

Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

7.) Alone (2007):

From the Writer and Directors of the original film Shutter comes another Thailand horror film that will keep you on edge.  Alone revolves around a girl who survived being removed from her Siamese twin sister when they were teenagers.  The other sister who died during the seperation operation begins to haunt the survivng sister at her mothers home.

The story is a bit familiar, but it is executed very well and is a great combination of suspense film and ghost story.  It has the same kind of creepy feel that Shutter had and it builds to a successful yet somewhat predictable twist.  Worth checking out is you thought the Asian version of Shutter was good.

Top 10 Asian Horror Films You Have Never Heard Of

6.) Rampo Noir (2005):

While many people know 3….Extremes, not as many know of the horror anthology called Rampo Noir.  Rampo Noir is an artisticly grotesque collection of 4 short films based on the writings of Edogawa Rampo, widely considered to be the Japanese Edgar Alan Poe.  The whole compilation is dark, violent, and disturbing yet it is still stylishly poetic.

All four segments will get different reactions depending on the viewer, but watch segment three titled Caterpillar and tell me that didnt leave you with a disturbing taste in your mouth.

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