The top 20 Asian horror films to give you nightmares

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Shutter (2004)

One of the first and most memorable of modern Thai horror movies, Shutter chronicled the horror of catching ghosts on film when film was still a thing. If you don’t know what film is, ask Dr. Google. Once again, another female long-haired ghost terrorises and slowly kills a group of hapless friends. 

Don’t let the setup fool you, you might not know who to root for at the end of the movie. 

Unforgettable: Getting stuck on a ladder with a ghost crawling down towards you - face first.

Pulse/Kairo (2001)

The Japanese popularized ghosts coming out of television sets and ghosts haunting cell-phones - so why not have ghosts coming out of the internet? Thank you Japan, for making every part of the digital age a possible creepy mess. Kairo is as beautiful as it is relevant, and its substantial cult following resulted in the (predictable) American remake starring Kristen Bell, followed by two straight to video sequels (typical).

Kairo manages to meld apocalyptic horror with the fear of everyday technology into a dread-filled and gloomy package of chills. Although nowadays, if you really want to experience a visceral fear for humanity’s future, all you have to do is scroll through a few YouTube comments…

Unforgettable: Anytime a computer screen lights up.

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