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22 Best Korean Horror Movies

22 of the Best Korean Horror Movies to Watch Right Now

22 Best Korean Horror Movies
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Did you know that a lot of American horror films are actually remakes of Korean movies? Before "The Uninvited," for instance, there was "A Tale of Two Sisters," and before "Mirrors," there was "Into the Mirror." "Train to Busan" will join the list — it's reportedly getting an American adaptation called "Last Train to New York," which is scheduled to be released sometime in 2023. While remakes often change a few details from the original films to better connect with a different audience, they mostly retain the plot and overarching themes.

From death and betrayal to revenge and lust, Korean horror films deal with some pretty intense themes. You have films like "The Wrath" and "Monstrum," which focus on gore, while other movies like "The Handmaiden" and "Oldboy" have psychological twists that send you spiraling. Some horror flicks center around creatures like zombies and vampires, while others take inspiration from terrifying urban legends, such as the man-eating Jangsan Tiger.

With such a diversity of films, there's something for every fan of the genre. Bong Joon-ho, who directed the 2006 monster film "The Host" and the 2019 thriller "Parasite," shared some wise words at the 2020 Academy Awards on this subject. While accepting the award for best foreign language film, Bong told the audience, "Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films." If you're interested in exploring a different subgenre of horror films, these 22 movies from Korea will give you instant chills.

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