Halloween Movie Marathon: 20 Asian movies that would scare the hell out of you


Ready to get scared this Halloween?

Grab your screaming buddies, pop those corns, and check out this list of scariest Asian horror films of all-time!


Battle Royale | 2000


Running Time: 113 minutes

The film follows a group of junior high school students taken and trapped on an isolated island and forced to fight each other to death by the Japanese totalitarian government.


The Ring | 2002


Running Time: 115 minutes

An American remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film of the same name, this movie is about a Seattle journalist who investigates the bizarre and disturbing death of her niece. As she digs deeper, she stumbled on a cursed videotape that kills whoever the viewer seven days after watching it.


The Eye | 2002


Running Time: 98 minutes

Also known as Seeing Ghost, the films follows a story of a blind girl who undergoes an eye cornea transplant after receiving an eye donor. However, as she started seeing mysterious figures, she starts questioning whether regaining her sense of sight back is a blessing or a curse.


Dark Water | 2002


Running Time: 101 minutes

A Japanese horror movie directed by Hideo Nakata follows a plot of a divorced mother who moves into a rundown apartment with her daughter. Soon they begin to experience supernatural phenomena—including a mysterious water leak from the floor above.


The Shutter | 2004


Running Time: 107 minutes

This spine-chilling film centers mysterious images seen in developed pictures. As the story progress, a dark secret from the past revealed the reason behind the disturbing hauntings of the girl in the pictures.


R-Point | 2004


Running Time: 97 minutes

A squad of eight lead by Lt. Choi Tae-in is set to locate the missing platoon from Romeo point (R-Point). When they arrive at the location, they find a huge empty mansion in which they set up their base. However, instead of finding answers, the squad encountered further mysteries when one of them had a disturbing death.


The Grudge | 2004


Running Time: 92 minutes

Derived from its definition, The Grudge tells a nonlinear narrative starting from Kayako Saeki, a housewife living in suburban Tokyo, who falls in love with her college professor. However, when her husband Takeo discovered her diary, he then brutally murdered her along with their son Toshio and pet cat, Mar. Hence, the curse began haunting the family who occupied their house a few years later.


Feng Shui | 2004



Running Time: 107 minutes

One of the highest-grossing horror films in the Philippines, Feng Shui is about a cursed Bagua mirror where it kills whoever person stares at it—with their death relating in any way to their Chinese zodiac sign.


One Missed Call | 2004


Running Time: 112 minutes

Another spine-chilling Japanese supernatural film. Its plot revolves around a young psychology student whose friend keeps receiving strange voice messages, and two days later, her friend mysteriously died. When this psychology student got a call herself, she finds herself struggling to run away from her ill-fate.


TxT | 2006


Running Time: 114 minutes

Despite gaining criticisms and labeled as a knock off film such as The Ring, for including phone calls on the plot, Txt has its fair share of jump scaring its audiences. Its plot follows a story of a caregiver who had an overly obsessed boyfriend that later died due to a car accident. But with his unresting soul, he started haunting his girlfriend via text messages.


4Bia or Phobia | 2008


Running Time: 112 minutes

A Thai horror film divided into four short stories: Loneliness, Deadly Charm, The Man In The Middle, and Flight 244. Each part tells an ill-fated story, with characters, in a way, are interrelated.


Death Bell | 2008


Running Time: 88 minutes

A group of 20 high school students who partake in an elite class in preparation for a college exam found themselves trapped inside the campus. After failing to answer the questions the PA system announced, the remaining students and two teachers witnessed the death of their top-ranking student on screen.


Coming Soon | 2008


Running Time: 80 minutes

This Thai horror film depicts what would it be like if the horror movie you are watching suddenly starts happening in life.


Phobia 2 | 2009


Running Time: 120 minutes

Like its first installment, Phobia 2 is divided into five short stories: Novice, Ward, Backpackers, Salvage, and In the End.

Cinco | 2010


Running Time: 151 minutes

The film is dissected into five episodes, each representing a part of a body: Braso (arm), Paa (feet), Mata (eyes), and Puso (heart).


Ladda Land | 2011


Running Time: 113 minutes

A family moves into a new house, from the city to an upstate, where they gradually begin to encounter paranormal events.


3 AM | 2012


Running Time: 96 minutes

A 3D anthology horror film composed of three short films with different themes united the ungodly hour, 3 AM hour.


Pee Mak | 2013


Running Time: 115 minutes

Set in the mid-19th century in Siam, the film follows the life of a man who served in war after getting forced drafted—leaving behind his pregnant wife. Pee Mak is an adaptation of the Mae Nak Phra Khanong, a well-known Thai ghost, a legend of Thai Folklore.


Shake, Rattle, and Roll Film Series | 1984-2014


Running Time: more or less 120 minutes

Shake, Rattle, and Roll is a Filipino horror anthology with 15 installments—having three short episodes each making the film series a total of 45 stories to binge. This film series started from 1984 to 2014. Within the film is a series of episodes narrating tales of supernatural beings, superstitions, urban legends, cults, and demonic possessions.


What scary movie did we miss? Let us know in the comment section below!





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