I have to be in a certain mood to watch Asian horror. However, at some point, I just got tired of these conventions and stopped watching. Let us know in the comments if you have additions or objections!
In the past 20 years, Asian horror has emerged as a major force in the genre. Korean horror, for example, practically invented a new sub-genre of revenge-themed psychological thrillers, pioneered by Chan-wook Park. On top of that, something about the cultural difference makes these films extra-scary to Western audiences.
Image via Giphy. We're not talking about only 'Ringu', 'Ju-on' or the scariest Thai movies. Image via Drama Fever.
The truth is, that despite common belief, horror is not dominant at all as a genre in Asia; in fact the only time it ever was, was during the J-horror explosion. Victims are shown to be impaled with metal poles, harm their arms ripped off, disemboweled or just ripped to pieces. Non-lethal injuries, from being sprayed with accident or shown with melted body parts, run rampant in the film much like the actual body modification processes shown.
We still get nightmares about it, shhh! According to an annual report by Stephen Followsit seems like the horror movie genre has gained popularity over the past decade. Twenty years ago, the genre only accounted for 4.
From stringy-haired ghost girls to spine-chilling urban legends, Asia is the world's biggest innovator and tastemaker in the horror genre, constantly on the cutting edge of what's going to make you shit-your-pants scared. We've got nightmare fuel on tap in our collection of iconic Asian horror movies and cult classics from Japan, Korea, China, and Thailand. Open Menu.
In the '90s, Hollywood picked up on a new trend when they discovered the horror films coming out of Asia. Whether it was the Japanese or Korean horror movies, America started remaking them left and right. However, as the case seems to always be, Hollywood rarely seemed to get the feel and atmosphere right when remaking Asian horror.
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Monster movie crossovers are usually a sign of a moribund franchise, but this Ring v Grudge combo is livelier than you would expect. Students get voice mails predicting their own violent deaths — which duly come to pass, although not without some black humour and a spooky vintage ringtone. Director Takashi Miike plays by the J-horror rules, more or less, but it all flies off the rails in a bonkers final act.