Halloween is already here! We are still trying to be a safe six feet apart, which means no parties and go trick-or-treating. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate.

Here is a list of the best Asian horror movies for all your spooky season needs. It has everything from gory killers to blood-sucking vampires to psychological horror. Enjoy! 

  1. 1 The Tag-Along (2015)

    Let’s kick things off with a demonic haunting. “The Tag-Along” is a Taiwanese horror film based on the urban legend of “the little girl in red.” The film starts with the protagonist, Wei, receiving a video of his missing grandmother hiking in the woods. In the background, Wei sees a little girl in red trailing after her. The mystery gets even scarier from there.

  2. 2 The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion (2018)

    Next is my personal favorite Halloween staple, witches! “The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion” is a Korean film about a young girl who escapes from a government facility. Over time she loses her memories of the facility, and she is able to live a normal life as a school girl. But this normalcy is disrupted when she appears on a national talent show, seemingly using levitation powers.

  3. 3 Rigor Mortis (2013)

    When his wife and son leave him, Chin Siu-ho, a downtrodden actor, moves into a shabby apartment. He only finds out later that all his neighbors are supernatural creatures and vampire hunters. This Hong Kong film follows the twisted actions of his eclectic neighbors and conflicts that plague his home.

  4. 4 Battle Royale (2001)

    An oldie but a goldie, this film is gory, and it will torture you psychologically, making you feel insane. This Japanese film is considered the original “Hunger Games,” if “The Hunger Games” was Rated R. It follows a middle school class as they undergo a government reform act, which requires the students to fight to the death. All the characters are well developed and the audience can only hope that their favorite lives till the end.

  5. 5 The Possessed (2016)

    “The Possessed” is considered the Chinese equivalent of “The Blair Witch Project.” It’s a found footage film about two college students who meet with fortune-tellers —their goal: to witness an exorcism. Horrifying shenanigans ensue. 

  6. 6 The Host (2006)

    We all now know Bong Joon-Ho from the Oscar-winning movie ”Parasite.” But did you know that he also directed a horror-comedy monster movie? In “The Host,” leech-like monsters emerge from the Han River due to chemical pollution and proceed to wreak havoc. 

  7. 7 Macabre (2009)

    If you’re looking for a gory slasher film, this is it. “Macabre” is on par with the American classic “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.” It is equally terrifying and even more suspenseful. This time it isn’t Leatherface chasing you down; it’s an inhumanly beautiful woman leading you to your death.

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Adriane Kong

Adriane Kong is a student pursuing a B.A in Urban Studies at Columbia University. She hopes to combine art and design to promote the voices of marginalized groups.
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