Top 5 Horror Korean Drama When Craving Scary Nightmares

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Ever just want to binge-watch a Korean drama in the dark? We are going to talk about 5 scary Korean drama to provide that horror mood. Sometimes we need to flip the moods upside down, maybe cause you can’t take any more romance? Maybe we all need a dose of Korean horror to wake ourselves up and get those chills down our spines. Here are 5 suspenseful and scary Korean dramas to give you that right vibe.

1. Save Me

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Credit: OCN

Network: OCN
Release Date: August 5, 2017
Main Cast: Ok Taec-yeon, Seo Yea-ji, Jo Sung-ha
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Netflix

Synopsis: Four young men come to the rescue of a former classmate whose family has been sucked into the clutches of a cult religious group.
What reviewers say: “very gripping and interesting drama”, “really frightening”, “charismatic antagonist”, “manipulative”, “makes my feel sad and heavy”
TV Ratings: Very solid ratings for cable network (ranked 1st and 2nd, with average of 3.386% a week)

2. The Guest

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Credit: OCN

Network: OCN
Release Date: September 12, 2018
Main Cast: Kim Jae-wook, Jung Eun-chae, Kim Dong-wook
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Netflix

Synopsis: Bound by a tragic past, a detective, a Catholic priest, and a psychic join forces to fight an evil spirit that is thirsting for blood.
What reviewers say: “very gory”, “heartbreaking yet heart-warming”, “has religious elements”, “predictable”, “some plot holes”, “creepy”, “underrated”
TV Ratings: Very solid ratings for cable network (ranked 1st and 2nd, with average of 3.386% a week)

3. Strangers from Hell

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Credit: OCN

Network: OCN
Release Date: August 31, 2019
Main Cast: Im Si-wan, Lee Dong-wook
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Netflix

Synopsis: An aspiring crime fiction writer moves into a chilling apartment building inhabited by shady neighbors
What reviewers say: “very well-developed characters”, “deep psychological thriller”, “heavy drama with a lot of thinking and guessing”, “really creepy, gives me the shudders”
TV Ratings: Solid ratings for cable network with average of 3.005% a week)

4. Kingdom

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Credit: Netflix

Network: Netflix
Release Date: January 25, 2019 (Season 1), March 13, 2020 (Season 2)
Main Cast: Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Donna
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Netflix

Synopsis: A mysterious plague overtakes the kingdom, bringing back the dead as blood-thirsty monsters
What reviewers say: “so tense, scary but intriguing”, “you will miss half the happiness of your life if you don’t watch this!”, “you will never get bored during each episode”

5. Priest

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Credit: OCN

Network: OCN
Release Date: November 24, 2018
Main Cast: Yeon Woo-jin, Jung Yoo-mi, Park Yong-woo
Trailer: Youtube
Where to watch: Dramacool

Synopsis: A doctor and exorcist come together to save lives at a Catholic hospital in Seoul.
What reviewers say: “the best plot twist you can’t predict”, “too hard to move on from this drama”, “Gave me goosebumps every episode”, “worth watching for horror-thriller lovers”
TV Ratings: A bit below solid ratings for cable network with average of 2.447% a week but user reviews would beg to differ.

Korean Horror dramas often cross genre with crime thrillers. If you want similar dramas, checkout this list of twisted crime thrillers!

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