The top 20 Asian horror films to give you nightmares

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Tomie (1999)

Japan’s longest running horror movie franchise might have you scratching your head, because it hasn’t travelled very well. Tomie is a movie based on a manga series penned by Junji Ito, the king of Japanese horror manga.

It chronicles the tale of an indestructible girl who is evil incarnate - dying horribly each time only to regenerate from a single cell, where she rapidly reaches maturity as a full-grown evil bitch, hell-bent on causing grievous mischief wherever she goes.

The movie might not be big on effects or the big jump scares that we’ve all gotten used to seeing, but its premise and story are so compelling and so disturbing, what little that the filmmakers have to scare you with will leave you creeped the hell out.

Unforgettable: The opening scene of the movie which will make you look twice at any plastic bag-wielding weirdo from then on.

 

The shock labyrinth (2009)

Director Takashi Shimizu's most notable work is still Ju-On, but The Shock Labyrinth offers a healthy respite from Ju-On’s sequelitis, and - it’s in 3D! As a horror movie it doesn’t offer any wonderfully new, but the setting of the movie (the world’s largest walk-through haunted house) allows it to run amok with whatever passes off as scary. That, and an unhappy female ghost (aren’t they always?) make for an entertaining mix of fun scares, in familiar horror set-pieces as well as a few newer quirkier ones.

If haunted houses are the best part of a theme park for you, and you wish they could be just a little bit more haunted, then this movie will not disappoint.

Unforgettable: When the bunny doll hatches open.

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