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If you’re not seeking out films beyond your own borders, you’re missing out on some of the best, like the wealth of masterful Korean horror.

I Saw the Devil

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We are all familiar with media in our own domains, with plenty of commercials and marketing for films produced in the States. However, foreign horror sometimes has the most surprises and nuances to shake up the genre and insert new themes, monsters, or even horror subgenres that take us away from the expected.

Korean horror and thriller films have been steadily gaining steam in the last two decades, with entries from the early 2000s to the present. It seems there is more going on than just K-Pop and K-Beauty; we now have K-Horror. Rounded out with plenty of ghosts, ghouls, zombies, and deranged killers, the list of television and film options is at an all-time high, with series in the works and new movies being released each year, whether we hear about it or not.

I’ll take you through a short journey of the television shows and films that seem to have made the biggest splash and pack enough action, story, and, of course, scares into their run time.

Korea’s horror movie moment is here; we just need to keep up.

Television

Kingdom (2019, 2 Seasons)

While zombies may feel like tired creatures to follow, Kingdom takes Game of Thrones-level drama and World War Z action and combines them in a genre-bending period piece in feudal Korea.

The story follows a monarchy that has fallen into a mysterious condition that makes its hosts turn into feral beasts that only seem to abate when the sun rises. The undead Netflix thriller directed by Kim Seong-hun and Park In-Je made its debut in January 2019 and has sky-high ratings from critics and audiences across all rating platforms. With characters dying left and right, don’t get too attached to anyone as this plague engulfs the country, and only a few chosen individuals can seem to avoid or understand this new peril.

Actors Ju Ji-hoon and Bae Doona play the noble Cro