The Eternal Evils of Asia

As mentioned in my crazy kung-fu horror films list, quite a few of those films have as their theme the idea that South East Asia is filled with dark supernatural evil that'll have any poor Chinese travellers pissing maggots before they've unpacked their bags.

Being neighbourly, and not wanting to disappoint anyone, filmmakers in the countries decided to produce films that pretty much confirm the suspicion that, deep in the jungles of southern Asia, there is a witch around every cornering waiting to munch on your unborn child or make insects spew from your urethra. This is a list of such films.

Availability can be poor but people like Mondo Macabro have been giving some of those films a fancy release in the West. However, there is plenty that don't even have an IMDB listing, so this will have to be your springboard to further exploration rather than a comprehensive guide.

See also: Witches with Flying Heads, Asian zombie movies and The Blood Collection. In addition my Folk Horror list has other films from around the globe that mix occult horror and folklore.

Links: Useful blogs: Backyard Asia, Bamboo Gods and Bionic Boys, and Mondo Macabro's blog
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1.
Nan yang shi da xie shu (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A group of friends went on a hedonistic trip to Thailand. Accidentally, they rape and kill a sorcerer's sister. Now, upon arriving back home to Hong Kong, they find themselves cursed by the sorcerer. (89 mins.)
Director: Man Kei Chin
“ aka The Eternal Evil of Asia

The Hong Kong film that inspired the list, not actually a member of it. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
2.
Ang manananggal (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jose Nepomuceno
“ An early film, one that features a manananggal, a witch that comes apart at the waist and the top half flies around. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
3.
“ Features a Tiyanak ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
4.
Curse of the Oily Man (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A deformed hunchback gets a second chance in life, but this is abruptly taken away when he breaks the rule of his new life. (90 mins.)
Director: P. Ramlee
“ aka Curse of the Oily Man

About the dreaded Orang Minyak, which would also be the focus of the Shaw Brother's film Oily Maniac. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
5.
Pontianak (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: B. Narayan Rao
“ The start of a popular series about the pontianak. Unfortunately, this is thought to be a lost film. You can read more about the pontianak in cinema here (part of a much larger series of pieces on the creature). ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
6.
“ aka Revenge of the Pontianak

Also possibly lost. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
7.
Blood of Pontianak (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
(86 mins.)
Director: B. Narayan Rao
“ Third in the series. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
8.
Anak Pontianak (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
(103 mins.)
“ aka Son of Pontianak

Shaw Brothers' contribution through a co-production. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
9.
Terror Is a Man (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage. (89 mins.)
 
10.
Pontianak Kembali (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Ramon Estella
“ aka Pontianak Returns ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
11.
Blood Is the Color of Night (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The first color horror picture produced in the Philippines. (88 mins.)
Director: Gerardo de Leon
“ aka The Blood Drinkers

Part of The Blood Collection. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
12.
“ aka Pontianak of the Civet Cave ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
13.
Whisper to the Wind (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Siblings discover that their father has their vampire mother chained up in the cellar. The mother bites her son and soon everyone in the community is either dead or a vampire. (90 mins.)
Director: Gerardo de Leon
 
14.
Dracula in Pakistan (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A rendition of the Dracula tale with many similarities to the British 1950s Dracula. (103 mins.)
Director: Kh. Sarfraz
 
15.
Brides of Blood (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Natives of a tropical island have to contend with man-eating plants and animals, mutations caused by radioactivity. Virgin sacrifices become the norm. A small group of interlopers become caught up in the mayhem. (97 mins.)
 
16.
Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A man who loves to travel, travels to an island where a mad doctor is creating zombies. (85 mins.)
 
17.
She yao jing (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A women is born with the power to control snakes. She uses these powers to get seek revenge on the villagers... (94 mins.)
“ aka Devil Woman

A HK/Philippines co-production ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
18.
Devil Woman (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A village witch who controls poisonous serpents sends them out to murder her enemies.
Director: Jose Sibal
“ Presumably the same film - if so they need to be merged ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
19.
Beast of Blood (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A mad scientist creates a monster, but after its head is cut off, he keeps it alive in a serum he has invented. (90 mins.)
Director: Eddie Romero
 
20.
Beast of the Yellow Night (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
Satan saves Ashley from death on condition he become his disciple (and, as it turns out, a hairy murderous beast). (87 mins.)
Director: Eddie Romero
 
21.
Daughters of Satan (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
James Robertson buys a painting depicting witches being burned at the stake, one of whom bears an uncanny resemblance to his wife... (90 mins.)
 
22.
Bruka: Queen of Evil (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
(97 mins.)
“ Direct sequel to Devil Woman.

For more information go here. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
23.
The Twilight People (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
A kidnapped diver is taken to an island inhabited by a mad scientist and his half-animal, half-human creations. (84 mins.)
Director: Eddie Romero
 
24.
Black Mamba (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
An American physician living in the Philippines does battle with an evil witch. (92 mins.)
Director: George Rowe
“ Not a sequel to Bruka, despite having the same star. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
25.
Special Silencers (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Special Silencers are large red pills, obtained from a forest dwelling mystic, which aid in meditation... (86 mins.)
Director: Arizal
 
26.
Mystics in Bali (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Researching a book that takes her to Bali and the black magic cult of Leák, Cathy meets an evil witch which promises to train her in the dark arts... (116 mins.)
Director: H. Tjut Djalil
“ aka Mystics in Bali

Features a leyak/krasue - a witch with a flying head ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
27.
The Warrior (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Indonesia is a country in turmoil. The people are poor and oppressed by the Dutch Government. However... (92 mins.)
 
28.
Satan's Slave (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An Indonesian version of Phantasm (1979). (96 mins.)
 
29.
Nyi blorong (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Daughter of the South Sea Queen rises to take a human lover. (82 mins.)
“ aka The Snake Queen ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
30.
Sundelbolong (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
“ The sundel bolong ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
31.
The Queen of Black Magic (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A woman is seduced by and cast aside by a fickle lover. When the lover marries another woman who starts hallucinating during their wedding... (90 mins.)
Director: Liliek Sudjio
 
32.
Satan's Bed (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Cut Jalil
 
33.
Si Buta lawa Jaka Sembung (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Dutch colonial army in West Java holds a tournament to select the best warrior to confront local freedom fighter Parmin (Jaka Sembung). The winner is a blind swordsman. Things get complicated when magician seductress Dewi Magi intervenes. (90 mins.)
Director: Worod Suma
“ aka The Warrior 2 or The Warrior and the Blind Warrior ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
34.
“ Sequel to The Snake Queen ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
35.
Bergola ijo (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(97 mins.)
Director: Arizal
 
36.
Lumaban ka, Satanas (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A Filipino-made horror-fantasy movie about a man who is chosen by his dead uncle to battle the forces of evil... (90 mins.)
Director: Efren C. Piñon
 
37.
The Devil's Sword (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The DEVIL'S SWORD lies hidden in a secret cave inside Devils Mountain, everything evil will fight to the death for it... (90 mins.)
Director: Ratno Timoer
 
38.
Purana Mandir (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After a rich young girl has suddenly known about a demon and it's terrible curse brought by her family for generations, she decides to go to her paternal village with her lover and his friend to find out the truth. (144 mins.)
 
39.
Alapaap (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Tata Esteban
 
40.
Jaka Sembung & Bergola Ijo (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Balung Wesi was defeated in battle and is seeking revenge on Ki Sapu Angin, the teacher of Jaka Sembung, The Warrior. In mobilizing power to fight the Dutch, The Warrior makes the acquaintance of Bajing Ireng (Black Ninja). (94 mins.)
Director: H. Tjut Djalil
“ aka The Warrior 3 or The Warrior and the Ninja ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
41.
The Hungry Snake Woman (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The Snake Queen returns in this bizarre horror fantasy. In this sequel to "Nyi Blorong" (1982 aka "The Snake Queen") Brian... (84 mins.)
“ The third Snake Queen film. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
42.
Tahkhana (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A dying Thakur Surjeet Singh bequeaths the entire estate to his son, Raghuvir, disowning the other, Dhurjan... (117 mins.)
 
43.
Blind Warrior (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Raden Parna, a psychopathic and brutal Indonesian despot terrorizes and exploits the rural population. The cruel warlord demands sacrifices from the villagers, slaughtering them when they don't meet his demands. (90 mins.)
Director: Ratno Timoer
“ Spin-off from The Warrior ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
44.
The White Alligator (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: H. Tjut Djalil
 
46.
Veerana (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A beautiful young girl, unfortunately possessed from her childhood by a vengeful spirit, wanders around lonely places to seduce and kill people and thus, gradually becoming lost into a dark world of revenge and lust. (145 mins.)
 
47.
Lady Terminator (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The spirit of an ancient evil queen posesses the body of a young anthropological student, who then goes on a murderous rampage. (82 mins.)
Director: Jalil Jackson
 
48.
Ginseng King (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Boy tries to rescue the Ginseng King from an evil 3 headed king to save his mother, who has been bitten by a Nazi zombie. (85 mins.)
Director: Ru-Tar Rotar
“ A crossover with my Asian zombie movie list. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
49.
Purani Haveli (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A rich family eagerly buys an abandoned mansion in a rural area, but later discover that the mansion has a very disturbing and horrifying past. (145 mins.)
 
50.
Bandh Darwaza (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A wealthy male banishes a demon, but years later his very own daughter resurrects it. (155 mins.)
 
53.
The Monster (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A demon torments the family and friends of Anita in order to take revenge on his death, which was caused by her police-officer father... (132 mins.)
 
54.
Aswang (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A young, unwed, pregnant girl is made an offer she can't refuse. Marry a rich young man with a wealthy estate to please his dying mother... (82 mins.)
“ There are other films called Aswang, that presumably feature aswangs, but this is the best known one and it has been released by Mondo Macabro. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
55.
Dangerous Seductress (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
The Evil Queen returns to possess an American girl who she orders to go out and claim victims to sate her blood lust. (95 mins.)
Director: John Miller
 
56.
 
57.
Return to Pontianak (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  
A young American girl and her friends search for the resting place of her birth parents deep in the Malaysian jungle and encounter the Pontianak, a demonic female banshee seeking revenge on those who have wronged her. (81 mins.)
Director: Djinn
 
58.
The Uninvited (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Four young people spend their time looking into supernatural phenomenons. (102 mins.)
 
59.
Snaker (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Based on a Cambodian folk tale. In a small Thai village, Nhi comes across a Snake Immortal and falls in love with him... (108 mins.)
Director: Fai Sam Ang
 
60.
Demonic Beauty (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In this ghastly revenge tale from the ancient past, Arawati, a Khmer princess, is forced to marry the conquering tyrant of the new Thai regime... (105 mins.)
Director: Bin Bunluerit
 
61.
Satanic (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
The death of a shaman may not be accepted by the Earth!!!
Director: Mardaly Sjarif
 
62.
The Black Magic (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Three young men vacationing in Bangkok, Thailand meet a Thai woman who ends up dead the next morning. Upon returning to the states, the men are haunted by the vengeful spirit of the woman. (91 mins.)
 
63.
Tusuk jelangkung (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The secret of Jelangkung will be revealed in this sequel. (103 mins.)
 
64.
Visits: Hungry Ghost Anthology (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An omnibus of 4 contemporary ghost stories. (107 mins.)
Director: Yuhang Ho, James Lee
 
65.
Pontianak harum sundal malam (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A restless female ghost wants to avenge her death.
Director: Shuhaimi Baba
 
66.
Pontianak harum sundal malam 2 (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam 2 is the sequel to the movie of the same title in 2004. The story continues...
 
67.
Kuntilanak (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young college student moves to a new boarding house in a very haunted area. (93 mins.)
Director: Rizal Mantovani
“ aka The Chanting

Features a pontianak (kuntilanak is another name for them, rather unfortunately abbreviated to kunti - there were films with a similar title dating back to the 50s but none of them are listed here). ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
68.
Hantu Jeruk Purut (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Anna, a horror novelist, found dead at her house after she recorded a ghostlike atmosphere in Jeruk Purut Cemetery...
Director: Koya Pagayo
 
70.
Tatlong baraha (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
The father and sons triumvirate play three oppressed Filipinos during the Spanish regime-a cowardly farmer (Lito)...
Director: Toto Natividad
 
71.
Hell's Ground (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
On their way to a concert, a group of teens are diverted by a political protest, only to encounter a family of flesh-hungry psychopaths. (77 mins.)
Director: Omar Ali Khan
 
72.
The Chanting 2 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Sam, or Samantha, has recently moved out from her old, haunted boarding house, escaping from followers... (102 mins.)
Director: Rizal Mantovani
“ aka Kuntilanak 2 ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
73.
Jelangkung 3 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Yodi wanted more than anything to find out if the stories about the curse associated with the horror movie Jelangkung were true... (90 mins.)
 
74.
Lawang sewu (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Director: Arie Azis
“ More pontianaks. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
75.
“ Pontianaks ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
76.
The Legend of Sundel Bolong (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Imah's boss Danapati rapes her. She tries to hide the fact from her husband Imah, but soon strange things start to happen as people are found dead with holes in their backs. People believe it is the work of the ghost Sundel Bolong. (91 mins.)
 
77.
Don't Look Back (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(99 mins.)
Director: Ahmad Idham
“ Features the Hantu Raya ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
78.
Tiyanaks (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Against the advice of a concerned mythology professor, a group of school friends decide to take an out of town trip during the holy week...
Director: Mark A. Reyes V
 
79.
Angkerbatu (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A Korean construction company pays with their lives for building in a forbidden forest.
Director: Jose Poernomo
 
80.
Kuntilanak 3 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A group of youngsters is on a mission to Ujung Sedo, to find their missing friends in a haunting jungle...
Director: Rizal Mantovani
 
81.
Susuk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A young trainee nurse turns to the forbidden practice of "Susuk" to improve her chances in life. (110 mins.)
 
82.
The Coffin (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Following the Thai custom to cheat death and rid oneself of bad luck, a man who lays in a coffin for an evening subsequently experiences a series of terrifying incidents. (86 mins.)
 
83.
Patient X (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
After twenty years, local police captures the murderer of the older brother of a young boy. Now a doctor... (108 mins.)
Director: Yam Laranas
“ More aswangs. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
84.
Kuntilanak beranak (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Director: Ian Jacobs
 
85.
The Ghost of Mortuary (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
While searching for her missing sister, a college student experiences frightening dreams filled with other-worldly apparitions. (85 mins.)
 
86.
Nail Demon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
 
87.
Macabre (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two newly weds Adjie and Astrid, along with 3 of their best friends decided to have an interstate road... (95 mins.)
 
88.
T2 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Save an Orphan Volunteer is taking care of a young girl, who is being stalked by Engkantos, as the chase begins, the lives that surrounding them maybe at risk.
Director: Chito S. Roño
 
89.
Cinco (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A creative horror movie made up of five unique short films tied together by a similar theme.
 
90.
“ aka Help! My Girlfriend's a Vampire.

More Pontianaks. ” - Mighty_Emperor
 
91.
23:59 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
An army recruit was found dead during a 24km road march. After the death of the recruit, strange things started to happen, haunting all the soldiers in the barracks. (78 mins.)
Director: Gilbert Chan
 
92.
Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Erik Matti
 
93.
Santet kuntilanak (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(77 mins.)
 
94.
Bulong (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Director: Chito S. Roño
 
95.
Immortal Enemy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
When Narudom inherits a gothic castle from his deceased parents, he gets far more than a new place to live... (98 mins.)
 
96.
Necromancer (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The former corrupt police officer and necromancer Itti escapes from prison using black magic and Lieutenant Santi is assigned to chase him... (118 mins.)
 
97.
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking. (84 mins.)
Director: Mark Hartley
 
98.
The Aswang Phenomenon (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
What would happen if a country of 97 million people were taught at a young age that the boogie man was real... (86 mins.)
Director: Jordan Clark
 
99.
Phra Rot-Meri (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(126 mins.)
Director: Sompote Sands
 
100.
Pernicious (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
It was supposed to be an adventure of a lifetime as three young girls spend the summer in Thailand. But their adventure quickly becomes a nightmare when the trio unleashes the spirit of a murdered child with only one thing on her mind - revenge. (90 mins.)