When you think about South Korea, what immediately comes to mind are K-Pop and K-Dramas. After all, they are the one of the best in the world in producing these types of content. They have the formula down pat that every song and every drama that gets released will surely gain widespread popularity.
But more than their feel-good content, South Korea is also known for producing quality Korean horror movies and thriller movies! I remember when I was still in High School, my friends and I watched Wishing Stairs when it premiered here. It took me weeks to recover from the movie—no kidding! I couldn’t go up the stairs at home without someone accompanying me or without all the lights turned on. I was that scared because of the movie. If you are interested to watch horror and thriller movies. 😂
The thing about their take on this genre is that more often, the story doesn’t end with a resolution. I find that often, these films are open-ended, leaving the viewers to come up with their own conclusions. That, to me, is genius. This is probably why Wishing Stairs left me thinking about it long after the movie rolled its ending credits.
Over the years, though, I think I’ve gotten better at consuming these kinds of content. Today, we’re listing down 5 of South Korea’s top horror movies and thrillers. The best part is… they’re all on Viu!
Cast: Song Ji Hyo (Running Man, Princess Hours), Park Han Byul (A Girl Who Sees Smells, I Have a Lover), Jo An (Blessing of the Sea, Shining Romance)
Writer: Lee So Yeong
Director: Yun Jae Yeon
Summary: Yoon Jin Sung (Song Ji Hyo) and Kim So Hee (Park Han Byul) are two best friends and talented ballerinas. Their friendship, however, reaches a crossroad when they find themselves vying for a single spot at a Russian ballet school. Eager to secure the spot for herself, Jin Sung learns of an old school legend about a flight of stairs that grants wishes. Jin Sung tries the wishing stairs for herself and makes her wish. What Jin Sung doesn’t realize, though, is that she has no control over how the stairs would grant her wish.
The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion
Cast: Kim Da Mi (Itaewon Class), Choi Woo Shik (Set Me Free, Train to Busan), Park Hee Soon (The Battle: Roar to Victory, Seven Days)
Writer: Park Hoon Jung
Director: Park Hoon Jung
Summary: Ja Yoon (Kim Da Mi) cannot recall anything about her past. At present, however, she is a normal teenager helping her family with their finances. Knowing about her struggles, Ja Yoon’s friend encourages her to join a singing contest. The prize, after all, is more than enough to cover for her family’s expenses. She wows the judges over through her talent as well as her ability to make the microphone levitate. This gains her popularity but also to her detriment. A certain Dr. Baek (Jo Min Su) and Mr. Choi (Park Hee Soon) realize that Ja Yoon is the girl who escaped from their mysterious lab about 10 years ago. They send armed men to abduct Ja Yoon, who uses her superpowers to escape captivity. But is escaping from her abductors what Ja Yoon wants all along?
Cast: Song Kang Ho (A Taxi Driver, Snowpiercer), Kim Ok Bin (Dark Hole, Arthdal Chronicles), Shin Ha Kyun (Beyond Evil, Soul Mechanic)
Writer: Park Chan Wook, Jeon Seo Kyeong
Director: Park Chan Wook, Ahn Su Hyeon
Summary: Sang Hyun (Song Kang Ho) is a Catholic priest known for his strong faith in God and good work in community service. His popularity rises further when he survives death through a blood transfusion after the experiment in finding a cure for the deadly Emmanuel Virus failed. This event pave the way for their congregation to grow with new members, including his childhood friend Kang Woo (Shin Ha Kyun) and his wife Tae Ju (Kim Ok Bin). Things take a turn for the worse when Sang Hyun’s illness relapses and the only cure for his symptoms is blood. He also finds himself drawn to Tae Ju and cannot resist his desires for her. Torn between doing his sworn duty as a priest and his otherworldly desires, how will Sang Hyun navigate his life now as a vampire?
The Sleepless (Two Moons)
Cast: Park Han Byul (A Girl Who Sees Smells, I Have a Lover), Kim Ji Seok (Doom at Your Service, When The Camellia Blooms), Park Jin Joo (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, Her Private Life)
Writer: Lee Jong Ho
Director: Kim Dong Bin
Summary: Seok Ho (Kim Ji Suk), In Jeong (Park Jin Joo), and So Hee (Park Han Byul) wake up in the middle of nowhere with no recollection as to how they got there. The three of them find ways to get out of the area, but not before suspicions arise amongst themselves.
Cast: Song Kang Ho (A Taxi Driver, Snowpiercer), Choi Woo Shik (Set Me Free, Train to Busan), Park So Dam (Cinderella with Four Knights, Record of Youth)
Writer: Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Summary: The poor Kim family lives in a semi-basement apartment. It stinks and often gets flooded during heavy rains. They make ends meet with temp jobs when an opportunity opens up for Ki Woo (Choi Woo Shik) to become an English tutor for the wealthy Park family. The Kims hatch a scheme to become servants of the Parks whilst pretending that they are unrelated to each other. Thus begins the symbiotic relationship between the two families until hell breaks loose and a children’s party becomes the venue for a bloody reckoning.