5 Best Korean Horror Movies 2008

Thursday, January 27 by Annette Smith

Are you curious about the five best Korean horror movies 2008? Here is an overview, arranged alphabetically by movie title. Sometimes called K-Horror, Korean horror movies are part of Korean cinema, the motion picture industries of North Korea and South Korea.

Korean horror movies feature themes and images similar to J-Horror, or Japanese horror films. Generally more than “blood and guts” slasher films, Korean horror movies usually focus on the suffering and misery of the characters.

Here are five of the best Korean horror movies of 2008. Produced in South Korea, they include a mix of thrillers, chillers and scary crime dramas.

  1. “The Chaser.” One of the best K-Horror movies of 2008 is “The Chaser,” a horrifying thriller originally titled “Chugyeogja.” The South Korean movie was inspired by the story of Yoo Young-chul, a real-life serial killer and self-confessed cannibal. The award-winning movie stars Yun-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha and Yeong-hie Seo.
  2. “Death Bell.” “Death Bell” is a 2008 horror flick originally titled “Gosa.” It features South Korean actor Lee Beom-soo in his first horror film, and K-pop singer Nam Gyu-ri makes her acting debut in the film. Set in a Korea high school, the story centers on a group of elite students who face torture in a special class where students are killed in order of their rank.
  3. “The Game.” “The Game” (also known as “The Devil’s Game”) is a 2008 South Korean thriller originally titled “Deo ge-im.” The story centers on a struggling artist who bets his life against a dying old man and his money. The young man loses the bet and submits to a brain operation, only to discover a month later that the two men have swapped bodies. Ha-kyun Shin, Hie-bong Byeon and Hye-yeong Lee star in this Korean movie.
  4. “Loner.” “Loner” is a 2008 horror film originally titled “Woetoli,” translated “Orphaned.” The movie examines “hikikomori,” a Japanese term for reclusive people who withdraw from social life. This Korean psychological chiller stars Min-seo Chae, Lee Da-in and Yeong-suk Jeong.
  5. “Truck.” “Truck” is a 2008 South Korean thriller starring Yu Hae-jin, Jin Gu and Ji Su-Won. The story centers on a truck driver who falls prey to illegal gambling to pay for his daughter’s heart surgery. In order to save his own life, he promises to take care of body disposal for a dangerous mob. The movie features 80s-style slasher elements.

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