Happy Halloween, ghouls and goblins! Don’t you just miss the good old days when the only things that scared us were horror specials on Magandang Gabi Bayan (and okay, maybe our mom on rage mode)? Now, we’re bombarded with scarier grownup concerns, watching horror movies and shows are just considered a form of entertainment and relaxation. Now that the whole fam is on a quick work break, why not binge-watch Asian horror titles while we still have time? Here are recommendations from Netflix that we got last Ghost Month that we only got to queue this weekend:
Incantation has clocked in some serious ratings, having maintained its place in Netflix’s Global Top 10 list for non-English films for five consecutive weeks back in August. Combining the elements of mysterious esoteric religions and unsettling rituals of Taiwanese folklore, the movie adopts a found footage, mockumentary format that immerses the audience as it explores the complexities of taboos and curses.
SCHOOL TALES THE SERIES (Thailand)
Directed by seasoned Thai directors, School Tales The Series brings eight horrifying stories, based on comics, to life. This anthology is built around the theme of school-bound horrors, passed down from class to class, bringing back chilling memories of local schoolyard stories and legends.
THE WHOLE TRUTH (Thailand)
What would you do if you noticed a hole in your living room wall but those around you insist that you are lying? In The Whole Truth, two siblings stumble on a strange hole in the wall of their grandparents’ house, and horrifying incidents that follow reveal sinister secrets about their family. Their attempts to find the answer could lead to the truth no one wants to know.
MAY THE DEVIL TAKE YOU (Indonesia)
In recent years, Indonesia has become the go-to for horror fans, producing a number of popular movies bound to shock and terrify – all while providing a unique Indonesian perspective.
Expect lots of blood, gore and brutal horror in May The Devil Take You, as the movie uncovers the consequences of satanic rituals and selling one’s soul to the devil in exchange for riches.
VIETNAMESE HORROR STORY (Vietnam)
Vietnamese Horror Story interweaves three stories inspired by local folklore and urban legends – for instance, a 3 souls and 7 spirits (3 hồn 7 vía) Buddhist concept in the third story – following an actress seeking everlasting beauty; a magician who makes a deal with the devil; and a psychic seeking the remains of a deceased girl.
THE GUARDIAN (Vietnam)
A revenge horror thriller that explores the darkness of the entertainment industry, The Guardian follows a backup singer who enlists the help of occult forces, black magic and a Kumanthong doll (a divine child spirit in a doll that is believed to bring luck and fortune to the owner) to achieve popularity.
DENDAM PONTIANAK (Malaysia)
Take a peek into Malay culture’s most popular malevolent supernatural entity, the Pontianak, as it makes an appearance in Dendam Pontianak on Netflix this August. In Southeast Asian mythology, the pontianak refers to a vicious, long-haired female vampire who is normally out to seek revenge. The movie is a modern retelling of this popular mythology complete with forbidden love, betrayal, witchcraft and murder.
Beginning with a Quran passage about Satan, Roh is a disquieting rural Malaysian horror tale rooted in folklore and superstitions that explores the role of the devil in the context of a religious and spiritual society. The movie follows an isolated family living in a barren hut deep in the jungle who meet with a series of frightening supernatural incidents after taking in a little girl lost in the forest.
When a student’s suicide rattles an all-girls Catholic school, a clairvoyant guidance counselor embarks on solving this mysterious death, and in turn uncovers the convent’s abusive past. A film on how modern beliefs and faith can clash, Eerie brings to the screen thought-provoking issues while incorporating the element of horror.
One of my favorite Pinoy horror movies! This psychological thriller follows Jane, an actress, and her descent into insanity in a secluded house under the care of her husband, Carlo and a cruel, unusual nurse named Lilibeth. The ending had me mindblown.
Got horror movie recommendations? Let us know in the comments section below so we can check it out soon!