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The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder 

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Updated July 13, 2020 93 votes 25 voters 2.7k views 28 items

List Rules Only Asian Horror movies found on the Shudder streaming service.

Over the past twenty years, Asian horror films have taken over the genre. This list of Asian horror movies on Shudder puts many recent American horror films to shame. As Hollywood focuses on remakes, sequels, and prequels, which tell the same tired story over and over again; countries like Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, China, and Thailand, prove that there are new ways to totally terrify audiences around the world. So if you are into Korean, Indonesian, Thai, and Filipino horror films, here are the best Asian horror films on Shudder.

Shudder has become one of the leading streaming services for all things horror. For just a few bucks a month, subscribers are treated to all different kinds of scary movies. There are the classics like Halloween and Hellraiser, and even several original movies. However, it’s their Asian horror film selection that makes Shudder so desirable to scream fans everywhere. 

Which movies terrify you the most? Be sure to leave the lights on while you make your decision. Vote up the best Asian horror movies on Shudder and check back to see which one makes it to the top of the list.

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Audition is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi

Released: 1999

Directed by: Takashi Miike

Audition is a 1999 Japanese psychological horror-drama film, directed by Takashi Miike and starring Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina. It is based on a Ryu Murakami novel of the same title, from a ...more
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Three... Extremes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Bai Ling, Lee Byung-hun, Miriam Yeung

Released: 2004

Directed by: Park Chan-wook, Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike

Three... Extremes is a 2004 international East Asian horror film collaboration consisting of three segments by three directors from three countries. It is a sequel to, and follows the concept of ...more
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The Host is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film. The movie concerns a monster taking a man's daughter, and his attempts to rescue her. According to the director, his inspiration came from a local ...more
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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su

Released: 2003

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook, based on the Japanese manga by Garon Tsuchiya. After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh ...more
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A Tale of Two Sisters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Moon Geun-young, Im Soo-jung, Yum Jung-ah

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kim Jee-woon

A Tale of Two Sisters is a 2003 South Korean psychological horror mystery film directed by Kim Jee-woon. After spending time in a mental hospital, a girl is reunited with her sister and returns ...more
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I Saw the Devil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Cheon Ho-Jin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Kim Jee-woon

I Saw the Devil is a 2010 South Korean psychological thriller horror film directed by Kim Jee-woon. A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.
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Sadako vs. Kayako is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa

Released: 2016

Directed by: Kōji Shiraishi

Sadako vs. Kayako is a 2016 Japanese supernatural horror film directed by Kōji Shiraishi. A social worker visits the residence of an elderly woman, only to find her strangled by an electric cord ...more
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The Victim is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
The Victim Phitchanat Sakhakon, Penpak Sirikul, Apasiri Nitibhon

Released: 2006

Directed by: Monthon Arayangkoon

The Victim (a.k.a. Phii khon pen) is a 2006 Thai horror-thriller film written and directed by Monthon Arayangkoon. Ting is a struggling young actress who one day is noticed by Royal Thai Police ...more
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Battles Without Honor an... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka, Hiroki Matsukata

Released: 1973

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

Battles Without Honor and Humanity is a 1973 Japanese yakuza film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The screenplay by Kazuo Kasahara adapts a series of newspaper articles by journalist Kōichi Iiboshi, ...more
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Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Renji Ishibashi, Susumu Terajima, Ren Osugi

Released: 1999

Directed by: Takashi Miike

Dead or Alive, abbreviated as DOA, is a 1999 Japanese yakuza action film directed by Takashi Miike. It stars Riki Takeuchi, as the Chinese Triad boss and former yakuza Ryūichi, and Show Aikawa, ...more
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Pulse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Pulse Koyuki, Kōji Yakusho, Kumiko Aso

Released: 2001

Directed by: Hiromi Kurosawa

Pulse, known in Japan as Kairo, is a 2001 Japanese horror film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. The film is based on his novel of the same name. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard ...more
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Noriko's Dinner Table is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ken Mitsuishi, Kazue Fukiishi

Released: 2005

Directed by: Sion Sono

Noriko's Dinner Table is a Japanese horror drama film, and a prequel to the cult film Suicide Club, written and directed by Sion Sono, concerning a mass suicide of 54 schoolgirls and how it ...more
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Shinjuku Triad Society ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Shinjuku Triad Society Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi, Kippei Shiina

Released: 1995

Directed by: Takashi Miike

Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô is a film directed by Takashi Miike released on Aug 26, 1995.
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Lady Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Lee Young-ae, Song Kang-Ho, Choi Min-sik

Released: 2005

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

Lady Vengeance is a 2005 South Korean psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook, and the third installment in the Vengeance Trilogy. After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen ...more
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Sympathy for Mr. Vengean... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Bae Doona, Song Kang-Ho, Shin Ha-kyun

Released: 2002

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is a 2002 South Korean drama thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ...more
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The Red Shoes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Kim Hye-soo, Seong-su Kim, Go Su-Hee

Released: 2005

Directed by: Kim Yong-gyun

The Red Shoes is a 2005 South Korean horror film written and directed by Kim Yong-gyun. Kim Yong-gyun was inspired by a fairy tale of same name by Hans Christian Andersen
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Mother is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin, Kim Min-jung

Released: 2009

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

Mother is a 2009 South Korean drama mystery film directed by Bong Joon-ho. When her disabled son is charged with murdering a girl, his mother desperately searches for the truth.
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Big Man Japan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Ryunosuke Kamiki, UA, Itsuji Itao

Released: 2007

Directed by: Hitoshi Matsumoto

Big Man Japan is a 2007 Japanese film written and directed by and starring Hitoshi Matsumoto. It was well received by critics in the U.S., after many months of showings at various festivals and ...more
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Merantau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Iko Uwais, Christine Hakim, Laurent Buson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Gareth Evans

Merantau is a 2009 Indonesian martial arts film written and directed by Gareth Evans, and starring Iko Uwais. It showcases a style of pencak silat known as Silek Harimau and a Minangkabau ...more
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The Man from Nowhere is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron, Young-chang Song

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lee Jung-beom

The Man from Nowhere is a 2010 South Korean action thriller film directed by Lee Jeong-beom. When a young girl (Kim Sae-ron) is kidnapped, a mysterious man (Won Bin) embarks on a bloody rampage ...more
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Chawz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Chawz Uhm Tae-woong, Jung Yu-mi, Yoon Je-moon

Released: 2009

Directed by: Shin Jeong-won

Chaw is a 2009 South Korean film about a mutant killer pig wreaking havoc on a small mountain town, and the ragtag team of five who set out to stop the beast. The feature subverts the monster ...more
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Drug War is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Lam Suet, Louis Koo, Michelle Ye

Released: 2012

Directed by: Johnnie To

Drug War is a Chinese-Hong Kong crime thriller film directed by Johnnie To. The film stars Sun Honglei as Police Captain Zhang, who partners with a drug lord named Timmy Choi, who agrees to ...more
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On the Job is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Shaina Magdayao, Gerald Anderson, Angel Aquino

Released: 2013

Directed by: Erik Matti

On the Job is a 2013 Filipino action thriller film directed by Erik Matti. The film stars Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre and Joey Marquez.The film is a co-production of Star Cinema ...more
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Seoul Station is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
Ryu Seung-ryong, Shim Eun-kyung, Lee Joon

Released: 2016

Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho

Seoul Station is a 2016 South Korean animated zombie film directed by Yeon Sang-ho. A man desperately searches for his runaway daughter as the government struggles to shut down the area around a ...more
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The World of Kanako is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder
The World of Kanako Kōji Yakusho, Miki Nakatani, Satoshi Tsumabuki

Released: 2014

Directed by: Tetsuya Nakashima

The World of Kanako is a 2014 Japanese suspense film directed by Tetsuya Nakashima. Former detective, Akikazu Fujishima (Kōji Yakusho) loses his job, marriage, and daughter after having a ...more