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1. Hello Ghost (2010)

111 min | Comedy, Drama

A man's failed suicide attempt enables him to see ghosts, who later keep following him everywhere. It is now up to him to fulfill their wishes to make them go away.

Director: Young-Tak Kim | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Ye-won Kang, Moon-su Lee, Chang-Seok Ko

Votes: 3,566

A man's failed suicide attempt enables him to see ghosts, who later keep following him everywhere. It is now up to him to fulfill their wishes to make them go away. (111 mins.)

2. House (1977)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which turns out to be haunted.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba, Ai Matsubara

Votes: 18,219

A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. (88 mins.)

3. Pee Mak (2013)

115 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

Mak served in the war during the beginning of the Rattanakosin Dynasty. At war he became friends with Ter, Puak, Shin, and Aey, whose lives he saved. Once the war was over, Mak invited his ... See full summary »

Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun | Stars: Mario Maurer, Davika Hoorne, Nattapong Chartpong, Pongsatorn Jongwilak

Votes: 4,287

Mak served in the war during the beginning of the Rattanakosin Dynasty. At war he became friends with Ter, Puak, Shin, and Aey, whose lives he saved. Once the war was over, Mak invited his four friends into his home in Phra Khanong town and introduced them to his beautiful wife Nak and his newborn baby boy Dang. A rumor was going around in the village that Nak had died giving birth to her stillborn baby, Dang. The source of this rumour; Aunty Priak, owner of local liquor store was found dead floating on the river a few days later. The four friends felt it's time to tell Mak the possibility of Nak and Dang could be dead and lingered as haunting ghosts and risk their lives. It's up to Mak to choose love or reality.

4. Dream Home (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead.

Director: Ho-Cheung Pang | Stars: Josie Ho, Ching Wong, Helen To, Man Jan San

Votes: 4,599

Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead. (96 mins.)

5. Phobia (2008)

120 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4BIA is a Horror Anthology. The first segment, "Happiness" is about a lonely girl who corresponded with a stranger over hand phone text messaging and soon discovered something strange about... See full summary »

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Paween Purikitpanya, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Maneerat Kham-uan, Witawat Singlampong, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Chon Wachananon

Votes: 2,823

4BIA is a Horror Anthology. The first segment, "Happiness" is about a lonely girl who corresponded with a stranger over hand phone text messaging and soon discovered something strange about this new stranger that she is attracted to. "Tit For Tat" spun a tale of black magic and vengeance for a school kid that had been bullied by a school gang. "In The Middle" - a group of friends faced one of their worst camping trip after water kayaking accident. The final segment "Last Fright" takes horror to new heights with a psychological thriller that involves a stewardess flying solo in a cabin with a dead body.

6. Ichi the Killer (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of achieving.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

Votes: 50,130 | Gross: $0.02M

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)

7. The Quiet Family (1998)

101 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A family opens a mountain inn where their first guest commits suicide. Suddenly all their guests befall horrible fates.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: In-hwan Park, Moon-hee Na, Kang-ho Song, Min-sik Choi

Votes: 3,917

A family opens a mountain inn where their first guest commits suicide. Suddenly all their guests befall horrible fates. (101 mins.)

8. 13: Game of Death (2006)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After losing his job, his car and his money, Phuchit, Krissada Sukosol, races against time to complete 13 tasks ordered by an anonymous caller who promised 100,000,000 Thai Baht upon completion.

Director: Chookiat Sakveerakul | Stars: Krissada Sukosol, Achita Sikamana, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nattapong Arunnate

Votes: 5,459

After losing his job, his car and his money, Phuchit, Krissada Sukosol, races against time to complete 13 tasks ordered by an anonymous caller who promised 100,000,000 Thai Baht upon completion. (114 mins.)

9. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Cheung's wife and boss are seeing each other, and decide to dispatch him with a wizard. But the wizard's rival aids and defends Cheung and a magic war rises.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Fat Chung, Lung Chan, Ha Huang

Votes: 1,759

Villager Bold Cheung (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo), known for his willingness to do anything courageous, bold or daring, becomes a target by the evil rich Master Tam (Huang Ha), who committed adultery with Cheung's unfaithful wife and wants to keep her as his mistress. Cheung is tricked into a bet to spend the night in a haunted temple, where a vampire was unleashed by Priest Chin Hoi (Lung Chan), hired by Tam, to kill him. However, Hoi's more righteous colleague, Priest Tsui (Fat Chung), wants to save Cheung and counterattack Hoi and Tam's wicked deeds.

10. Bio-Zombie (1998)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of young shoppers and employees must band together when a zombie outbreak over runs their Hong Kong shopping center in the middle of the shopping day.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Jordan Chan, Emotion Cheung, Sam Lee, Yiu-Cheung Lai

Votes: 2,213

A group of young shoppers and employees must band together when a zombie outbreak over runs their Hong Kong shopping center in the middle of the shopping day. (94 mins.)

11. Go Goa Gone (2013)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A group of friends, just looking to have a good time in a rave party on a remote island in Goa, find out that the island is infested with Zombies.

Directors: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru | Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Anand Tiwari

Votes: 10,794 | Gross: $0.30M

A group of friends, just looking to have a good time in a rave party on a remote island in Goa, find out that the island is infested with Zombies. (108 mins.)

12. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system.

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Siu-Wong Fan, Mei Sheng Fan, Ka-Kui Ho, Yukari Ôshima

Votes: 11,868

A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system. (91 mins.)

13. Phobia 2 (2009)

125 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Phobia 2 is composed of five short movie segments directed by five of the best directors of Thai horror films. A teenager who committed a crime goes to a sacred place for meditation and ... See full summary »

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Visute Poolvoralaks, Paween Purikitpanya, Songyos Sugmakanan, Parkpoom Wongpoom | Stars: Jirayu La-ongmanee, Ray MacDonald, Chumphorn Thepphithak, Apasiri Nitibhon

Votes: 2,155

Phobia 2 is composed of five short movie segments directed by five of the best directors of Thai horror films. A teenager who committed a crime goes to a sacred place for meditation and hiding that brings him fright and guilt about what he did (segment Novice). A young man gets haunted in an hospital by an old man in coma who's not too far from him (segment Ward). Two men along with two hitchhikers in a truck got into a big trouble after opening the back (segment Backpackers). A secondhand car dealer realizes what the previous car owners/passengers had terribly been into (segment Salvage). An ill hardworking actress whose role is a ghost is reported dead after she was brought to the hospital (segment In the End).

14. Dead Sushi (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, runs away from home when his Karate-style regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests.

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Rina Takeda, Kentarô Shimazu, Takamasa Suga, Takashi Nishina

Votes: 1,281

Keiko, the daughter of a legendary sushi chef, runs away from home when his Karate-style regimen becomes too severe. Finding work at a rural hot springs inn, she is ridiculed by the eccentric staff and guests. (92 mins.)

15. Mr. Vampire (1985)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror.

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Siu-Ho Chin, Ricky Hui, Moon Lee

Votes: 3,204

The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror. (96 mins.)

16. To Catch a Virgin Ghost (2004)

109 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

(Korean with English subtitles) Seok-tae runs away with a huge diamond that his dad's gang has just stolen in a heist. He runs and hides in what appears to be a sleepy little village called... See full summary »

Director: Jeong-won Shin | Stars: Chang Jung Lim, Oh-jung Kwon, Yi Shin, Eun-kyeong Lim

Votes: 559

Seok-tae runs away with a huge diamond that his dad's gang has just stolen in a heist. He runs and hides in what appears to be a sleepy little village called Sisily. When the gang follows him all the way to Sisily, they realize something is indeed very odd and even spooky about this town.

17. The Underground Banker (1994)

91 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A man's family is torn apart when his wife takes a loan from a loan shark who will stop at nothing to get his money back.

Director: Bosco Lam | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Lawrence Ng, Chi Yeung Wong, Ka-Kui Ho

Votes: 194

A man's family is torn apart when his wife takes a loan from a loan shark who will stop at nothing to get his money back. (91 mins.)

18. The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo (1987)

47 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Hikari is a boy who is bullied and teased by the other boys at school because he has the odd distinction of having an electricity pole growing out of his back. However, one of his ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, N. Senba, Tomorô Taguchi

Votes: 529

Hikari is a boy who is bullied and teased by the other boys at school because he has the odd distinction of having an electricity pole growing out of his back. However, one of his classmates, a girl named Momo, comes to his rescue. Hikari thanks her by sharing his secret possession with her: a time machine. He then activates the time machine which transports him 25 years into a dark, dystopian, world of the future. There he encounters members of the Shinsengumi Vampire Gang in the process of hunting a woman named Dr. Sariba who is revealed to be Momo's future self. She explains to Hikari that she had been long expecting his arrival from the past and that he has a crucial role to play here -- he and he alone must save the world.

19. He Lives by Night (1982)

87 min | Comedy, Horror

A killer wears women's clothing and stalks others that wear fish-net stockings.

Director: Po-Chih Leong | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Eddie Chan, Kent Cheng, Simon Yam

Votes: 119

<He Lives By Night> A campy slasher flick that revels in its own silliness, the movie chronicles the efforts of a radio deejay and a fat police captain trying to apprehend a crossdressing shoe-salesman with a murderous silk stocking fetish.

20. Spellbound (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

A magician meets an eccentric girl and offers her to work together in his magic show. It is only until a year later that he starts to know her personally and develops a feeling towards her despite her own problems.

Director: In-ho Hwang | Stars: Ye-jin Son, Min-ki Lee, Seong-hoon Sin, Ji-min Yun

Votes: 2,658

A magician meets a weird girl and offers her to work together in his magic show. It's only until a year later that he starts to know her personally and develops a feeling towards her despite her own problems. (114 mins.)

21. Senior (2015)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A student who can smell ghosts work together with a dead senior classmate to investigate a murder from 50 years ago.

Director: Wisit Sasanatieng | Stars: Sa-Ard Piempongsan, Kara Polasit, Pongsakorn Tosuwann, Jannine Parawie Weigel

Votes: 219

A student who can smell ghosts work together with a dead senior classmate to investigate a murder from 50 years ago. (104 mins.)

22. Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles (2012)

TV-MA | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Makoy, a soon-to-be-father, is suddenly forced to protect his pregnant wife from an onslaught of hungry aswang monsters. He must not just fight for his love, but fight for their very ... See full summary »

Director: Erik Matti | Stars: Dingdong Dantes, Joey Marquez, Lovi Poe, Janice de Belen

Votes: 231

Makoy visits his pregnant girlfriend’s province to get her back. Sonia left him after realizing that he’s a good-for-nothing that can do no good for her and her future child. Brash and aggressive, no one takes kindly to Makoy’s arrival. But as much as he’d like to focus his attention to wooing her back, he ends up facing an army of aswang trying to steal the baby from Sonia’s womb.

23. Zombadings 1: Patayin sa shokot si Remington (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

56 Metascore

Remington is in love with Hannah but she finds him lazy and uncouth. Then he starts to change. Suddenly he is becoming neater, nicer, more sensitive. Is he doing it for her? Or is something... See full summary »

Director: Jade Castro | Stars: Martin Escudero, Lauren Young, Kerbie Zamora, Janice de Belen

Votes: 218

Remington is in love with Hannah but she finds him lazy and uncouth. Then he starts to change. Suddenly he is becoming neater, nicer, more sensitive. Is he doing it for her? Or is something beyond his control changing him into someone he is not? He discovers that his gradual transformation is tied to something he did long ago, to childhood transgressions and curses uttered in graveyards. Hannah falls for the new and improved Remington, but he starts falling for someone else. As the ghosts of Remington's past come to haunt him, so do the the Zombadings. Undead, fabulous, they threaten to rock this sleepy town to death.

24. Bulong (2011)

Comedy, Horror

A heartbroken nurse seeks paranormal help to catch the girl of his dreams. He whispers his wishes to the dead, and seemingly gets what he asks for. But the fulfillment of his dreams come at a price, as death begins to follow him around.

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Vhong Navarro, Angelica Panganiban, Bangs Garcia, Ruben Gonzaga

Votes: 65

A Filipino superstition believes that when a person whispers his heart’s deepest desire to a dead body, his wishes will come true. Learning about this nonsensical belief, Conan attends a wake and whispers to a dead body how he wishes for Ellen, a nurse he’s deeply in love with, to reciprocate his feelings.

It doesn’t work on his first attempt, and his second attempt happens when he witnesses the death of an old woman. Instead of having his heart’s desire fulfilled, he ends up attracting demons.

25. Troublesome Night (1997)

98 min | Comedy, Horror

This Chinese ghost film centers on the theme of the haunted streets in Hong Kong, where four loosely connected stories are depicted. A group of young friends go on a camping trip in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Wai-Man Cheng, Long-Cheung Tam, Herman Yau | Stars: Simon Lui, Louis Koo, Allen Ting, Jason Chu

Votes: 254

This movie series is not so much entertainment as an institution. With 18 sequels in its wake, Troublesome Night has featured some of Hong Kong's most well known actors including Law Lan, the most famous ghostly granny in Asian cinema.

What really is a horror comedy anthology of spooky stories gets lazily tied together as interconnected stories - with the hauntings traveling from one character to another. While lacking the action hijinks of the jiangshi movies, the Troublesome Night series is rich in madcap Hong Kong humor, with the cacophonous city as a refreshing modern (back in the day) backdrop.

26. Magic Cop (1990)

87 min | Horror

A former cop rejoins the police department to investigate a drug ring that employs ghosts and vampires.

Director: Wei Tung | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Kiu Wai Miu, Wilson Lam, Mei-Wah Wong

Votes: 442

<Magic Cop> Lam Ching Ying returns, as a policeman imbued with an expertise in Taoist magic, to - you guessed it - fight evil.

Basically a modern incarnation of his famous monobrowed priest character, Lam takes a break from beating on hopping zombies, to combat black magic and necromancy on the Hong Kong mainland. By this time, the jiangshi sub-genre was near its peak, as filmmakers started moving their movies away from the period setting into the present. Hong Kong film fans will also notice Wu Ma, another mainstay of the action comedy genre.

27. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam

Votes: 8,317

Thanks to this movie, its subsequent sequels and remakes, A Chinese Ghost Story is doubtlessly the most well known Asian ghost story (amongst Chinese audiences). Its success also popularized its characters into archetypes; the bumbling scholar, the beautiful female spirit, the demon king and the warrior priest were referenced, parodied and plagiarised endlessly in other works.

Much of the film's appeal also lay in the strength of its cast - Leslie Cheung and Joey Wong were both in their prime as they played the lead roles, bringing a touch of class to a genre more well known for its action and buffoonery, than the good looks of its actors.

28. Out of the Dark (1995)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

A cast of new faces and old favorites to take on ghostbusting in a film full of both laughs and thrills.

Director: Jeffrey Lau | Stars: Stephen Chow, Karen Mok, Yat-Fei Wong, Kin-Yan Lee

Votes: 1,840

The only horror comedy Stephen Chow's ever done, Out of the Dark has a reputation for being Chow's goriest and most violent. Playing a mental patient named Leo, who is an obvious dig at Luc Besson's Leon, he teams up with a girl (Karen Mok) and a group a security guards (played by Stephen Chow movie regulars) to solve the vicious hauntings in an apartment building.

The film is unique because it also features Chow's trademark mo-lei-tau (nonsense) comedy in the horror film setting. The combination of visceral horror and cognitively dissonant humor makes for a lively and energetic viewing.

29. Yi mei dao ren (1989)

86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A priest discovers that the water supply in his village has been contaminated by bats, and while in the process of digging a well to find new water supply, he inadvertently unearths the corpse of an evil Western priest.

Director: Ching-Ying Lam | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Siu-Ho Chin, Fong Lui, Maria Cordero

Votes: 339

<Vampire vs. Vampire> Lam Ching Ying directed and starred in this film, of which the Chinese title actually reads "one-eyebrow priest". The popularity of his character was at its zenith here, as the movie resolves the contradiction between Chinese hopping vampires and European zombies in the most sensible way possible: pitting the two against each other.

A cute little hopping child vampire/zombie is enlisted in the fight against the Dracula-esque european vampire that has made his a home in a small local church inhabited by nuns. The battle of oriental magic against a Western invader of the supernatural kind makes for great action and entertainment, with a liberal number of things going boom.

30. Peacock King (1988)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Two magically powerful monks are sent on a quest to fight the King of Hell.

Directors: Ngai Choi Lam, Biao Yuen | Stars: Biao Yuen, Hiroshi Mikami, Narumi Yasuda, Gloria Yip

Votes: 243

<Peacock King> Starring and co-directed by Yuen Biao, junior to Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan, Peacock King was a lavish joint production between Japan and Hong Kong. Its relatively high budget went into its special effects, some of which still looks pretty good by today's standards.

Although the movie can be a bit uneven on the whole, it still has the trademark goofball comedy vibe, sharply punctuated by tightly choreographed action. Based of the manga of the same name, the movie tells the story of two monks separated at birth, who have to use their magic powers to defeat a demon lord to save the world. Over the top? Yes. Awesome? You bet.



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