Pierce Conran (koreanfilm.or.krScreen AnarchyModern Cinema)

Get ready! Korean horror movie buffs discuss the must-watch Korean horror films of all time. And they tackle the question, is “Parasite” a horror film?

Korean Horror Watch List

Memento Mori (여고괴담 두번째 이야기, 1999)

A Tale of Two Sisters (장화, 홍련, 2003)

Possessed (불신지옥, 2009)

The Wailing

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Shawn’s Complete International Horror List

The list includes my three favourite types of horror films: gothic horror, folk horror, and revisionist horror, as well as psychological horror, sci-fi horror, monster films (i.e. kaiju, creature features, etc.), suspense, slasher films, gore films, exploitation, New French Extremity, survival horror, and horror comedy. I’ve included a few films whose premise focuses more on atmospheric mystery and suspense. A title with * next to it is considered key viewing, essential to the history of the genre. A title with + next to it signals my absolute favourite films on the list.


*Le Manoir du diable (The Haunted Castle)

La Caverne maudite (The Cave of the Demons)


The Haunted Curiosity Shop

The Infernal Cauldron

*Satán se divierte (Satan at Play)

La Maison Ensorcelée (The House of Ghosts)


*Frankenstein (from Edison Studios)

Le masque d’horreur

*Der Golem (1915 version, partially lost film)

*+Nächte des Grauens (A Night of Horror)


*+The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (John Barrymore version)

The Phantom Carriage



*The Hunchback of Notre Dame

*Orlacs Hände

*+The Phantom of the Opera

The Magician

London After Midnight (technically a lost film, but there is a restored version using stills from the film)

Wolf Blood

La Chute de la maison Usher (1928 French adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher)



*+Dracula (Universal Studios English language version)

+Drácula (Universal Studios Spanish language version shot simultaneously with the English version starring Bela Lugosi)

*Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde




Island of Lost Souls

*+The Mummy

*+The Old Dark House


*+White Zombie

The Ghoul

*+The Invisible Man

*+King Kong

+The Black Cat

+El fantasma del convent (The Phantom of the Convent)


*+Bride of Frankenstein

+Werewolf of London

The Crime of Dr. Crespi

Mark of the Vampire

Dracula’s Daughter

The Walking Dead

The Face at the Window

*+Son of Frankenstein


+The Invisible Man Returns

Black Friday

The Devil Bat

*+The Wolf Man

The Undying Monster

The Phantom of the Opera

*+Cat People

The Lodger

The Ghost of Frankenstein

I Walked with a Zombie

+The Body Snatcher

The Corpse Vanishes

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

*+The Uninvited

+The Spiral Staircase

Cry of the Werewolf

*+Dead of Night


The Thing from Another World

*+House of Wax

The Black Castle

Les Diaboliques

*+Creature from the Black Lagoon

The Mad Magician

*The Quatermass Xperiment (US title: The Creeping Unknown)

*+The Night of the Hunter

*The Bad Seed

The Abominable Snowman of the Himalaya

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

*+The Curse of Frankenstein

Night of the Demon

I Was a Teenage Werewolf

I Vampiri

*+Dracula (1958 Hammer Studios; US title: Horror of Dracula)

+The Revenge of Frankenstein

The Blob

*The Fly

Blood of the Vampire

Fiend Without a Face

The Screaming Skull

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

*A Bucket of Blood

*+House on Haunted Hill

*+The Mummy (1959 Hammer Studios)

Terror is a Man

+The Ghost of Yotsuya

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959 Hammer Studios)

Plan 9 from Outer Space


+The Brides of Dracula

*+Black Sunday

*Peeping Tom

*Les Yeux sans visage (Eyes Without a Face)

13 Ghosts

*+Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

*+The City of the Dead

*+House of Usher



Village of the Damned

+The Curse of the Werewolf

*+The Innocents

*+Carnival of Souls

The Premature Burial

*+Burn Witch Burn


+Tomb of Ligeia

*+À Meia-Noite Levarei Sua Alma (At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul)

+Black Sabbath

*The Haunting

*+Blood and Black Lace


The Raven


*+The Last Man on Earth

The Skull

+Dracula: Prince of Darkness

*+The Plague of the Zombies

The Witches


*+The Devil Rides Out

+Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

*+Vargtimmen (Hour of the Wolf)

+La Marca del Hombre Lobo (The Mark of the Wolfman)

*+Night of the Living Dead

Le Viol du Vampire (The Rape of the Vampire)

*Rosemary’s Baby

*+Witchfinder General


Taste the Blood of Dracula

House of Dark Shadows

Ghosts of Chosun

+La Noche de Walpurgis (Walpurgis Night)

+Twins of Evil

+Daughters of Darkness

*+The Blood on Satan’s Claw

Cry of the Banshee

Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält (Mark of the Devil)

*+The Abominable Dr. Phibes


+Tales from the Crypt

And Now the Screaming Starts!

*+The Exorcist

*+Don’t Look Now

From Beyond the Grave

*+The Legend of Hell House

Vault of Horror

*+The Wicker Man

+Tombs of the Blind Dead

Janghwa Hongryeon Jeon (The Story of Janghwa & Hongryeon)

The Beast Must Die

*Black Christmas

+Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter

*+The Texas Chainsaw Massacre



Trilogy of Terror


*The Omen


To the Devil a Daughter




*+Dawn of the Dead


Invasion of the Body Snatchers



The Brood

+Nosferatu the Vampyre



*Altered States

+The Changeling

The Fog

The Beyond

*+Friday the 13th


*The Shining


+The House by the Cemetery


*+An American Werewolf in London

*+The Evil Dead

+The Howling

Basket Case





*+The Dead Zone

*+The Thing

Nightmares (Joseph Sargent film)

*+The Company of Wolves

*+A Nightmare on Elm Street

Demons (Lamberto Bava film)

Day of the Dead

Fright Night


The Return of the Living Dead

Silver Bullet

Night of the Creeps

*+The Fly

*+Evil Dead II


The Lost Boys

+The Monster Squad

Near Dark

*Child’s Play


Pet Sematary


+Tetsuo: The Iron Man



Tales from the Darkside

Two Evil Eyes


The Exorcist III

*Jacob’s Ladder


*+The Silence of the Lambs

The People Under the Stairs

+Bram Stoker’s Dracula




+Cemetery Man

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

In the Mouth of Madness

+El dia de la Bestia (The Day of the Beast)

From Dusk till Dawn


The Frighteners

Event Horizon


*Blair Witch Project

Stir of Echoes


The Sixth Sense


*+Ginger Snaps

28 Days Later

*+El espinazo del Diablo (The Devil’s Backbone)

*Shadow of the Vampire (Note: Watch Nosferatu [from 1922] first)


*+The Others

*+Dog Soldiers


A Tale of Two Sisters


*+Shaun of the Dead

+The Descent

+The Mist


*+The Orphanage

Paranormal Activity


30 Days of Night

*+Trick r’ Treat


*Martyrs (2008 French-Canadian original version)

*+Let the Right One In


Antichrist (2009 Lars von Trier film)

+Drag Me to Hell

Dead Snow



+Frozen (no, not that Frozen…)

*+Let Me In

Stake Land

The Cabin in the Woods

Rare Exports

Tucker & Dale vs Evil

+Lobos de Arga (Game of Werewolves)

John Dies at the End

*+Kill List

+The Woman in Black (2012 version by Hammer Films)

*+A Field in England


Goodnight Mommy

*+A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Christmas Horror Story


Crimson Peak


*+What We Do in the Shadows

We Are Still Here

*+The Witch

*+Bone Tomahawk

*+The Invitation


+Los Parecidos (The Similars)

Don’t Breathe

+The Love Witch

Raw (2016 French-Belgian film)

*+The Wailing

10 Cloverfield Lane

I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House

*+Under the Shadow

*+Get Out

*+A Dark Song

The Ritual


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

*+Les Affamés (Ravenous)

Gerald’s Game

It Comes at Night

The Autopsy of Jane Doe









  • Bak Jeong-chol (Park Jeong-chol)
    • Died (Jan 14, 1987)
    • Information suppressed by the government
      • Hwang Jeok-jun performed the autopsy
        • Pressured by police to say he died from “shock in the heart”
        • Refused and said he “suffocated due to neck pressure”
      • Choi Hwan (prosecutor) was told by police to immediately cremate the body to hide evidence
        • Could instantly tell he was tortured
        • Refused to comply
    • Somehow this information landed in the hands of Rep. Lee Bu-yong, who was in jail for leading an anti-government rally in May 1986
      • Wrote a letter disclosing the scheme
      • Two prison guards helped him get it out
      • Passed to a third guard
      • Landed in the hands of the Korean Catholic Church two months after the death
        • Read aloud in May 1987 by Father Kim Seung-hun during a ceremony commemorating the Gwangju Uprising
        • Korean Catholic church had historically been more democratic, which was one reason it was suppressed in the Joseon era
    • Prosecutor Lee Hong-kyu leaked info to SSH
    • JoonAng Ilbo reporter Shin Sung-ho (SSH)
      • Slept in a motel near his office to evade authorities
    • Catholic Priests Association for Justice (CPAJ) with a doctor (Oh Yeon-sang), prosecutor, and the JoongAng Ilbo (Shin Sung-ho) exhumed the cover-up on May 18
      • Inflamed the public
      • Planned a demonstration on June 10

This Episode

  • During the street protests, Chun Doo-hwan’s (CDH) press people were claiming that the opposition was against democracy because they took their protests to the streets and not the ballot box
    • “The opposition has taken this undemocratic decision. But we hope that they will return to the table.” – Foreign Press Secretary
  • Lee Han-yeol
  • The demonstrations started out only in the core groups
    • (June 9) Yonsei University students demonstrated
    • Tear gas grenade penetrated his skull
    • Became the symbol of the protests from then forward
    • (July 5) died
    • Over 1.6 million participated in his funeral (July 9th)
    • Buried at the May 18th National Cemetery
  • (June 10) Jamsil Arena – CDH’s Democratic Justice Party nominated his hand picked successor, Roh Tae-woo (RTW)
  • Major demonstrations around country (~240,000 people in 22 cities)
    • Grew beyond the core
  • (June 18) Rally against tear gas grenades
    • 1.5 million, 16 cities
    • White collar workers joined, throwing rolls of toilet paper
  • (June 19) CDH mobilized the army
    • Feared another Gwangju Massacre
    • Recalled the army a few hours later
  • (June 26) Great National March of Peace
    • Over 1 million, 34 cities
    • 3.467 detained
  • (June 29) CDH – June 29th Declaration Special Declaration for Grand National Harmony and Progress Towards a Great Nation 국민들의 민주화와 직선제 개헌요구를 받아들여 발표한 특별선언
    • Speech by RTW
    • Promised concessions to the opposition
    • Eight points
      • amend the constitution to provide for the direct election of the president;
      • revise the presidential election law to ensure free candidature and genuinely competitive elections;
      • grant amnesty to political prisoners, including Kim Dae-jung;
      • protect human dignity and extend the right of habeas corpus;
      • abolish the Basic Press Law and restore the freedom of the press;
      • strengthen local and educational autonomy;
      • move the political climate towards dialogue and compromise; and
      • achieve substantial social reform.


  • Korea’s labor unions were mostly borne from this (Hyundai Engine Trade Union, July 3, 1987)
    • 1,060 new labor unions, 3,456 (July – September)
  • (Dec 1987) first elections in 15 years
  • RTW was still elected president
    • Opposition divided between the Two Kims –  KYS and KJD
      • Likely would have defeated RTW if united
      • RTW 36.6%
      • KYS 28%
      • KJD 27%
      • 89.2% turnout
    • Bombing of Korean Air Flight 858 the day before the election by a North Korean agent
    • Roh continued some of the authoritarian practices of CDH
  • 30 years later
    • (2005) National Intelligence Service busted for bugging phones of 1,800 lawmakers and journalists (1998-2002)
    • (2011) NIS got psychological warfare agents to sabotage internet conversations
    • PGH’s blacklist at the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of 9,473 artists for liberal views
  • The building where Park Jong-chol and others were tortured has become the Democratic Human Rights Memorial Hall
  • Quote from Manjeok