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Top 30+ Best Korean Horror Movies to send shivers down your Spine

If you’re among those who find it irresistible to indulge in horror movies, then chances are you’ve experienced countless sleepless nights thanks to Bollywood’s best horror movies. However, if you crave a different kind of horror that will truly leave you spellbound, it’s time to explore the realm of Korean horror movies.

The sheer thrill of these spine-chilling Korean films lies in their ability to simultaneously entice and unnerve you, creating a powerful desire to watch while instilling a sense of trepidation. So why not kickstart 2023 with a thrilling binge-watching session, accompanied by a generous handful of popcorn?

Korean horror movies have always pushed the boundaries, often experimenting with unique elements within the genre. While they’ve been a part of Korean cinema since its inception, it was in the late 1990s when they truly gained popularity. With that in mind, allow us to present you with a meticulously curated list of the very best Korean horror movies you simply cannot miss in 2023.

So, what are you waiting for? Dim the lights, if you dare, and embark on a chilling journey as you explore these timeless classics and cult favorites that have solidified their place among the top echelons of Korean horror. Get ready to experience horror in a whole new light.

List of Best Korean Horror Movies of all time –

1. I Saw the Devil (2011)

Running time: 2 h 33 min

Directed by: Kim Jee-Woon

Available on: Amazon Prime

I Saw the Devil is one of the scariest Korean horror movies a horrifying story of murder and revenge including a lot of violence, goriness, and cannibalism that surrounds Kyung-Chul, a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. But one day, the murder of a pregnant woman turns everything upside down for him. This eventually changes the chaser to be chased

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2. Train to Busan (2016)

Running time: 1h 58 min

Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho

Available on: Netflix

Train to Busan is a classic Korean horror movie about zombies where passengers turn into zombies in a running train. Seok-woo boards a train with his daughter, Soo-an that is going from Seoul to Busan. Suddenly, the apocalypse begins, and most of the population turns into flesh-craving zombies.

While the train is heading towards Busan, the passengers have to fight for their lives against the zombies – and each other. This is a must-watch horror movie for zombie-obsessed minds. It is one of the best korean horror movies on netflix and the most-watched movie of the year.

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3. The Wailing (2016)

Running time: 2 h 36 min

Directed by: Na Hong-jin

Available on: Amazon Prime

The Wailing is a disturbing horror movie in which a stranger arrives in a small village, Goksung in South Korea only to discover a mysterious disease that starts spreading in the village. A police officer Jong-Goo is drawn into the incident to investigate bizarre murders caused by the mysterious disease. Suddenly his daughter goes missing. NowHe has to solve the mystery to save his daughter. The characteristic of the scariest Korean horror movies is- that they keep the audience in chills with every scene.

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 4. Bedevilled (2010)

Running time: 1 h 55 min

Directed by: Jang Cheo-soo

Available on: Dramacool

Bedevilled is an excellent piece of crime drama. Hae-won is a beautiful single woman working at a bank in Seoul city. She has to take a vacation so she heads for Moodo, a small island. She has a friend there named Bok-Nam who often writes to Hae-won asking her to visit. It is counted in some of the top Korean horror movies

Upon arriving at the island, Hae-won is shocked to see that Bok-Nam is subjected to mental, physical, and sexual abuse. She begs Hae-won to help her escape the island. But will she be able to help her escape?

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5. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Running time: 2 h

Directed by: Kim Jee-Woon

Available on: Amazon prime

A Tale of Two Sisters is a Korean psychological thriller movie about two sisters as the name suggests, both return to their father’s home and encounter a cruel stepmother. Even after spending time in a mental institution, their suffering isn’t over. They have to face disturbing events because of their stepmother and ghosts haunting their house. All the events eventually connect to a dark past in the family’s history. One of the best Korean ghost movie of all time.

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6. Thirst (2009)

Running time: 2 h 28 min

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

Available on: Amazon Prime

Thirst is a dark-comedy vampire-love story that has everything in it be it Jaw-dropping violence, goriness, great humour, incredible suspense, or intimate realistic sex scenes. It revolves around Sang-Hyun, a priest, who works for a hospital. He volunteers for a secret vaccine development project intended to eliminate a deadly virus. However, the virus eventually takes over the priest. It can be called one of the wildest and scariest Korean horror movies.

He nearly dies but recovers miraculously by infusion of vampire blood. Eventually, the sole reason for his living becomes the pleasures of the flesh. Now the priest is affected by vampirism. Can he abandon his ascetic ways?

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7. The Quiet Family (1998)

Running time: 1h 45 min

Directed by: Kim Jee-Woon

Available on: YouTube

The Quiet Family is a superb comedy horror film that surrounds the family who decides to open a lodge in a remote hiking area. The first customer of the mountain inn commits suicide. The family gets upset and they bury his body to avoid any bad publicity. Suddenly all their guests befall horrible fates and the bodies start piling up. Will the family fix the situation or fall prey to something horrible?

8. The Host (2006)

Running time: 2 hours

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

Available on: Netflix

The Host is an entertaining monstrous horror movie that revolves around Park Hee-bong who lives with his two sons, one daughter, and one granddaughter and runs a small food joint on the banks of the Han River. The Parks seem to lead a quite ordinary and peaceful life. A masterpiece, top Korean movies ever watched.

But to ruin the peace, one day a monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and starts attacking people. The granddaughter Hyun-Seo is taken by the monster. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. Can they find Hyun-Seo? Is She still alive? The family has to hunt down the monster and save Hyun-Seo. 

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9. Three… Extremes (2004)

Running time: 2h 6 min

Directed by: Park Chan-wook, Fruit Chan, Takashi Milke

Available on: Just watch

Three… Extremes is an Asian horror film collaboration consisting of three segments – Dumplings, Cat, and Box. Each segment has been directed by different directors in three different countries, adding versatility. Also, it is a sequel to the movie Three (2002) and follows the same concept. The three short films are unique and memorable. I found Dumplings to be the most effective however all three are pretty good films. One of the variable Korean horror movies in a queue.

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10. Hansel and Gretel (2007)

Running time: 1 h 57 min

Directed by: Yim Pil-sung

Available on: Amazon Prime

Hansel and Gretel is a fantasy horror film set in an isolated creepy atmosphere. Eun-soo meets with a car accident on a mystical lonely road. To get the help he follows a mysterious girl with a lantern to a beautiful house that has bizarre secrets, creepy children and not to mention no way to escape. It’s one of the most awesome Korean horror movies you’ll ever see.

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Ajay chander December 5, 2019 at 6:15 pm

Thanks for this wonderful list which i been looking for. Your list is helpful to find and dfownload some good horror korean movies.

Renee December 12, 2019 at 6:47 pm

If I get a little bit braver maybe I will check these out sometime haha

Carriann December 12, 2019 at 7:53 pm

Wow some of those look like good ones!! Ty for list!!

Kikelomo24 December 12, 2019 at 10:42 pm

Thanks for sharing this worderful information, it is really helpful

Crickette, The Things I Have to Say December 13, 2019 at 1:16 pm

I haven’t seen a lot of Korean movies but I saw Train to Busan because it was quite famous. It was quite fun to watch! I haven’t tried the others on the list, but I think I will…

Vasundhra December 13, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Oh wow! No horror movies for me, Korean or English! Yikes!

Poorna Banerjee December 14, 2019 at 2:24 am

i absolutely loved train to busan and thought it was really cool!

Maysz December 15, 2019 at 10:13 am

I love Asian horror movies especially Korean and Thailand horror movies I would love to check all of this! I will save this post! thanks for sharing

Ruchi Verma December 16, 2019 at 12:55 pm

I haven’t seen but all look so scary!! Thanks for sharing list

Henson December 16, 2019 at 10:19 pm

I just know there is korea horror movie

Lily December 18, 2019 at 3:58 pm

WOW Korean horror movies look kind of scary. I am intrigued I will be open minded and watch a few.

Shristi March 28, 2020 at 12:17 am

Best list to feed my Koreaboo soul. Thanks for sharing.

mariah green March 28, 2020 at 5:29 am

I love scary movies but these look horrifying lol *adds to list*

Cyndi Buchanan March 28, 2020 at 9:11 pm

I’ll have to check some of these out. They look super scary just from the pictures.

Jeferson March 29, 2020 at 2:38 am

can’t watch this kind…….will refer this to my friend who can do normal things like eating and laughing while watching these….

Capri March 29, 2020 at 3:10 am

These movies look SUPER SCARY! I’ll definitely share this list with my horror film loving friends

Gervin Khan March 29, 2020 at 12:10 pm

I love Korean tv series and with this post, my next movie bucket list is now full from your post. Will definitely watch everything you’ve cited here.

Raksha N March 29, 2020 at 1:21 pm

oh my god! 😀 I am very scared of ghosts and I do not watch horror movies.

Christina March 29, 2020 at 2:54 pm

These are great suggestions for people who enjoy horror movies. Not me thank you. Horror fans can appreciate this list during this difficult time.

Chirpybrains March 29, 2020 at 5:57 pm

I have never seen any korean movies so far but these sounds interesting!!

aisasami March 29, 2020 at 10:59 pm

I have heard of some of these movies but haven’t seen them. I am more in Japanese horror movies like Ringu. Ringu is actually sad if you read the novel.

Megan March 30, 2020 at 1:07 am

Some of these look too scary for me! A Tale of Two Sisters does intrigue me though…

Jessica L March 30, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Ooh I love scary movies! Thanks for this list, it will definitely help keep my busy over the next few weeks!

Danielle March 31, 2020 at 8:38 pm

I am not a huge fan of horror movies but my hubby is. will have to share this list with him!

Taylor Justin April 2, 2020 at 9:26 pm

I love a good horror movie! Just from the previous, I can tell I will have to add a lot of these to my list.

Fransic September 26, 2023 at 2:36 am

I’m looking for horror movies for a while now and this is on time. I will check them out and try to watch them. Thank you for sharing!


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