5 Best Asian Horror Movies 2009

Scare the crap out of yourself with the 5 best Asian horror movies of 2009. In the last few years Asian horror movies have begun to take the world by storm. Instead of going straight to the gore, guts and one-liners like their American counterparts, Asian horror films tend to be more stylized and focus more on supernatural and psychological aspects of horror. That doesn't mean that Asian horror movies can't get as down and dirty as American horror movies. Asian horror movies can match and in some cases surpass their American counterparts stroke for gory, blood-soaked stroke.

  1. "Thirst" (2009) – The first vampire film directed by Korea's Park Chan-wook–the director behind "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Old Boy"–is a blood-soaked look into the world of a priest that is turned into a vampire. While it may not be the best vampire movie ever made, watching the main character slowly turn from pious monk to blood-sucking sex machine is fun to watch.
  2. "Grotesque" (2009) – This Asian horror movie definitely lives up to its title. The last time we saw a horror movie this gross and scary we were eight. This is the movie that the phrase "torture porn" was invented for. There are about 15 minutes devoted to setting up the plot, after that it's nothing but sex, violence and extreme gore. It makes anything done by Eli Roth look like kiddie time in the park. An awesome film designed for the gore hounds.
  3. "Mother" (2009) – After directing "The Host" in 2006, Joon-ho Book may be best know for directing monster movies. "Mother" marks his first foray into the realm of psychological horror. The story of the lengths a mother will go to when her son is accused of murder, this Asian horror movie takes the concept of a mother's love to a disturbing new place.
  4. "Phobia 2" (2009) – A compilation of short films directed by some of the best horror directors in Thailand, each story explores a specific aspect of Asian horror. There are ghosts, serial killers, monsters and mayhem around every corner in this Asian horror movie. Some of the shorts are sleek and stylized, while others are jagged, rough and raw. It gives you the best of what Asian horror movies are all about.
  5. "Meatgrinder" (2009) – In true Asian horror movie style, this movie is filled with sharp contrast, subtle performances and eye-popping gore. This movie is about a young woman unhappy with her current state of affairs and the voices in her head that drive her to epic acts of violence. This is what happens when you spend too much time listening to the voices in your head. You have been warned.
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