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The Most Terrifying Asian Horror Movies On Shudder

Updated April 22, 2021 183 votes 31 voters 3.9k views28 items

List RulesOnly 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

    Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi

    Released1999

    Directed byTakashi 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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    I Saw the Devil

    Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik

    Released2010

    Directed byKim 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....  more
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    Three... Extremes

    Bai Ling, Lee Byung-hun

    Released2004

    Directed byPark 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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    Sadako vs. Kayako

    Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro

    Released2016

    Directed byKōji 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 and...  more
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    The Host

    Bae Doona, Scott Wilson

    Released2006

    Directed byBong 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

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark 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

    Moon Geun-young, Im Soo-jung

    Released2003

    Directed byKim 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 home...  more
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    Pulse

    Koyuki, Kōji Yakusho

    Released2001

    Directed byHiromi 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 section at...  more
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    Noriko's Dinner Table

    Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ken Mitsuishi

    Released2005

    Directed bySion 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 leads the...  more
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    The Victim

    Phitchanat Sakhakon, Penpak Sirikul

    Released2006

    Directed byMonthon 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 and Humanity

    Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka

    Released1973

    Directed byKinji 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, that...  more
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    Dead or Alive

    Renji Ishibashi, Susumu Terajima

    Released1999

    Directed byTakashi 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, as...  more
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    Shinjuku Triad Society

    Ren Osugi, Tomorowo Taguchi

    Released1995

    Directed byTakashi Miike

    Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô is a film directed by Takashi Miike released on Aug 26, 1995....  more
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    Lady Vengeance

    Lee Young-ae, Song Kang-Ho

    Released2005

    Directed byPark 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 years...  more
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    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    Bae Doona, Song Kang-Ho

    Released2002

    Directed byPark 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

    Kim Hye-soo, Seong-su Kim

    Released2005

    Directed byKim Yong-gyun

    The Red Shoes is a 2005 South Korean horror film written and directed by Kim Yong-gyun, inspired by a fairy tale of same name by Hans Christian Andersen. A woman who finds a pair of pink high heels...  more
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    Mother

    Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin

    Released2009

    Directed byBong 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....  more
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    Big Man Japan

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, UA

    Released2007

    Directed byHitoshi 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 film...  more
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    Merantau

    Iko Uwais, Christine Hakim

    Released2009

    Directed byGareth 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 tradition...  more
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    The Man from Nowhere

    Won Bin, Kim Sae-ron

    Released2010

    Directed byLee 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 to...  more
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    Chaw

    Uhm Tae-woong, Jung Yu-mi

    Released2009

    Directed byShin 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 genre...  more
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    Drug War

    Lam Suet, Louis Koo

    Released2012

    Directed byJohnnie 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 inform on...  more
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    On the Job

    Shaina Magdayao, Gerald Anderson

    Released2013

    Directed byErik 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 and...  more
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    Seoul Station

    Ryu Seung-ryong, Shim Eun-kyung

    Released2016

    Directed byYeon 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

    Kōji Yakusho, Miki Nakatani

    Released2014

    Directed byTetsuya 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 violent...  more