Halloween Asian Drama Recommendations

Han Eun JungWhy dramas? Well…I don’t do horror movies if I can help it. I’m the type who gets scared rather easily. The American version of the Ring completely flipped me out so I won’t even go near the Japanese original. I’m the type who’ll stay up all night huddled under covers afraid of any noise that seems out of place. So…yeah, dramas that aren’t necessarily spooky, but make for good Halloween watching.

Revised 11/2/12

  • Gumiho: Tale of the Fox’s Child – a gumiho loses all chance of becoming human and runs off with her only daughter where they become entangled in a plot to save a lord’s sickly child. Young love, extravagant rituals, crazy gumiho hunter…what’s not to like? The ending! Whoops. Shouldn’t spoil it for you. NeeNee needs to finish recapping this drama eventually ๐Ÿ˜›
  • Vampire Idol – an alien vampire gets stranded on earth and becomes an idol…um…pretty vampires? That is SO Halloween!!!
  • Kaibutsu-kun – the immature prince of the monster world comes to the human world to live so that he may become worthy of the throne. Throw in some demons bent on stopping him and this makes for a fun, cheese-filled kiddie show that adults can enjoys as well.
  • Nine-Tailed Fox – Love, murder, betrayal, nine-tailed foxes, something for everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge – a horror-loving girl is left in the care of 4 ikemen in hopes of turning her into a proper lady [sort of a stretch, but it’s fun and Sadako DOES love skulls and blood]
  • Yokai Ningen Bem – “monsters” “demons” whatever they are, they do their best to become human and complain about how humans are worse than they are in actions
  • Skip Beat! – only because of crazy Kyoko (or should I say Gong Xi?). Gong Xi’s grudge spirits and acting as the girl with the scar (Mio in the manga, but I can’t remember the Taiwanese name right now) are superb and very realistic. It’s comedy with a bent twist.
  • Bin-Jip – technically a movie and shouldn’t really be on here, but since the ending really, really, really creeps me out, I recommend it (and NO it’s NOT a horror movie, but if you know Kim Ki Duk…it’s disturbing and weird and good for Halloween if you like disturbing and weird).
  • Killer Girl K – blood, gore, teenage girl who MIGHT be manufactured from a test tube? At three episodes with a high body count, it’s sure to please blood-bath lovers
  • Maou & The Devil – Same drama (The Korean version came first then Maou which is Japanese), different countries and totally interesting and spooky, crazy plot with a blind fortune teller who has psychometry [Iย think that’s what it’s called when you touch something and canย see stuff from the people who’ve come into contact with that object] and hot guys bent on revenge which includes lots of blood and murder. You know, talking about blood and murder makes me think of Deeno at www.maddinoasylum.com…wonder what her faves would be?
  • Vampire Prosecutor – blood, vampires, murders, prosecutors…hot guy rocking guy-liner? Totally great!

Asian horror films are infamous for their gore and scariness and I’m sure you can find their watered down American versions. I just won’t watch them. Nope. I still have nightmares on occasion thanks to Stephen King’sย IT. I’m never going to like clowns ever. I’m also sure there are more fitting dramas for Halloween, it’s just that I haven’t watched too many of the more supernatural or thriller ones. Do you have any Halloween recommendations?

Indigo recommends White Christmas – which I think is where teenagers get snowed in or stuck at school and start dropping like flies…or something like that. It’s more of a mystery, psychological thriller which is on my watch list, but something I haven’t gotten to yet.

5 comments

  • Great post. I’ll be sure to check some of these out. One drama I would add in this list would be White Christmas. That’s pretty creepy too.

    • I really need to watch that drama. It’s gotten some good reviews and now you’re recommending it, too. So many dramas, so little time.

  • weee
    White christmas was brilliant. Have you seen Hon (Soul) that drama really creeped the hell out of me…brrrr

    • No, I haven’t. I’ve read the synopsis and am still trying to figure out if I want to watch it or not since I’m not a huge fan of creepy ๐Ÿ˜› But I’ll probably break down and give it a try.

      • I thought long and hard about watching Hon, I’m such a scaredy cat just like you…can’t watch creepy stuff in the nighttime, it has to be day and totally bright for me to watch horror movies, dramas…etc… After watching the american version of the Ring I was so scared I wasn’t myself for nearly two weeks, frightened to go down to the cellar and looking in the mirror was brrrr…But I had to see the japanese version of it and read the books to understand it and face my fears…and that helped a lot, but I’m not going to watch the US Sequel of the Ring, where as I’ve seen all four Ring Movies…
        To cut a long story short, I really recommend HON, the actors are brilliant!

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