With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, there is no doubt that autumn is upon us – meaning Halloween is just around the corner. With the scariest day of the year creeping ever closer, it’s only natural to want to pamper our dark sides, especially when it comes to overwhelming dramas and movies. But which Korean dramas and movies are best when you are looking for something a little less fluffy and a lot more creepy? Here is a list of K-dramas and movies that will definitely make your heart skip a beat!
1. “Tale of the Nine-Tailed”
Starring Lee Dong Wook and Jo Bo Ah, “Tale of the Nine-Tailed” may not seem like the most terrifying drama, but it does have its fair share of eerie moments. Full of gods and demons and a wide variety of supernatural beings, this drama has a lot to do with it when it comes to all the dark and amazing, but in reality, the best part of this whole drama is the chemistry between our reluctant fox hero and his human love interest. That said, this drama is pretty mild in the big picture with everything Halloween-like and horrible, but for those who want to indulge in the dark and still be able to sleep at night, this drama fits nicely.
See “Tale of the Nine Tailed” here:
2. “The Master’s Sun”
If tormented souls and encounters with the dead are more your thing, you can not go wrong with Gong Hyo Jin and So Ji Sub’s eerily romantic thriller, “Master’s Sun”. Tormented by the souls of those who have not yet moved on, it is no wonder that Gong Hyo Jin’s character cannot let go of So Ji Subs once she realizes that his presence keeps the ghouls at bay. At times a little horrible, this drama still does not rank high on the list of the really scary, but it is still worth looking at for those looking for a steamy romance and an occasional encounter with things that break at night.
Watch “Master’s Sun” here:
3. “Zombie Detective”
With Choi Jin Hyuk playing one of the most endearing zombies you will ever encounter, there is no way “Zombie Detective” can be left out of this list. The entire first episode alone is enough to make this drama worthwhile, as watching the once-living Moo Young (Choi Jin Hyuk) learn to adapt to life as the undead is some of the most entertaining this zombie lover has ever had. set. Since the hero of this drama himself is a zombie, it’s hard to call this scary at all, but it’s so funny that it just had to be added to the list.
Watch “Zombie Detective” here:
4. “Train to Busan”
If you prefer your zombies with less heart and more bite, you are in luck because “Train to Busan” delivers in every way. When the country is suddenly overrun by a zombie attack, Gong Yoo’s character must get his young daughter from Seoul to Busan, the last safe zone in the country. Full of voracious hordes, an amazing mix of characters and one of the best fathers in movie history, this movie delivers in all the ways a great zombie movie should. As for the fear factor, this movie will definitely make your heart skip a beat, but it is by no means the scariest zombie movie ever made. Yet the story and the characters are so well written that it certainly deserves a look. Or two. Or three …
Watch “Train to Busan” here:
“Peninsula” takes place in the same zombie-filled world as “Train to Busan” and is an independent sequel that takes place several years after the end of the first film. Starring Kang Dong Won and Lee Jung Hyun, this all-new cast must find a way to not only outdo a particularly voracious zombie horde, but also outsmart the rogue militia group currently chasing them. With monsters of both the human and undead variety plaguing our heroes, this film is just as scary as its predecessor, which means it is definitely one you will not want to miss.
See “Peninsula” here:
6. “The Cat”
If you are looking for a movie that delivers in every way a classic Korean horror movie should, then “The Cat” is the movie for you. After bringing home a newly orphaned cat, So Yeon (Park Min Young) is soon terrorized by the sight of a cat-eyed girl. No matter how horrified she is, things get infinitely worse as a series of murders causes her and her police officer Jun Seok (Kim Dong Wook) to associate these grizzly deaths with the cats that each victim had recently adopted. Driven by a truly sadistic spirit of revenge, this cat-eye phantom and her feline friends are out for blood, and they have the body count to prove it. While those who are familiar with the Korean horror genre probably will not find any big surprises here, those who are new should find this movie a terrible pleasure.
See “The Cat” here:
7. “The Divine Fury”
If supernatural horrors are what really make your heart skip, “The Divine Fury” might be just the movie for you. Pursued by the nightmare of hell and plagued by a stigmata he cannot understand, Park Seo Joon is an MMA fighter who is forced to find help the last place he has ever wanted to be: the church. Together with Ahn Sung Ki, the two quickly find themselves fighting demons in an epic war to save humanity, but it can end up costing them both dearly. If you find yourself unable to resist a classic battle for good against evil, or if you just love a good story full of nightmares and demons, this movie is definitely for you!
Watch “The Divine Fury” here:
With so many amazingly scary dramas and movies out there, it’s impossible to name them all, but this list should give you a great place to start. What we really want to know is, what dark dramas and macabre movies top your Halloween watch list?
Leah is a freelance writer who has spent the last decade lost in Wonderland, which is Asian pop culture and entertainment.
Currently viewing: All the creepy stuff, including “Train to Busan”, “Peninsula” and “Bio Raiders”
Favorite drama of all time: “Master’s Sun” and “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God”
Look forward to: Gong Yoo appears more than just a drama
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