12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films


12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Thanks to the popularity of the Korean zombie film Train to Busan, now many fans of films, especially the horror film genre, are starting to get curious and glance at other films from South Korea.

Well, it turns out that apart from Train to Busan, South Korea still has zombie films that are no less good and cool. Are you curious about the best zombie movies from South Korea? Here's the full review:

1. Zombie School (2014)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: September 25, 2014

Duration: 87 minutes

Director: Kim Seok Jung


  • Baek Seo Bin as Jung Sik
  • Kim Seung Hwan as the vice principal of the school
  • Ha Eun Sul as Hye Na
  • Kim Kyeong Ryong as the principal
  • Park Jae Hoon as teacher
  • Cha Min Jee as Jung Ja
  • Bae Jin Sub as Chul Ki
  • Lee Sol Gu as teacher Kim.

The film, which aired in 2014, tells the story of a special school for naughty and problematic children called Chilsung School. Not only that, this school is also somewhat scary because it is located on a remote island.

Because it consists of naughty and problematic students, this school educates its students hard so that they can turn into good students.

But one day the principal looks strange and suddenly has turned into a zombie. The terror from the zombie outbreak finally spread when the headmaster bit the students one by one.

Students must try to survive and survive. They also help each other to save their teachers from being bitten by zombies.

2. Mr. Zombie (2010)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Released: August 26, 2010

Duration: 94 minutes

Director: Lee Soo-seong


  • Won Poong Yeon as Yeong Cheol
  • Bae Noo Ri as So Ra
  • Noh Hyung Wook as Jin Ho
  • Lee Sang Hoon as President Oh
  • Moon Young Dong as President Jang
  • Jo Jae Yoon as Jo Yong Pal

Mr. Zombie is also a Korean zombie film with a comedy theme. Tells the story of a father who turns into a zombie but still protects his family members from other zombies.

Even though it has a comedy genre, the film, which was released in 2010, also includes suspenseful horror scenes for the audience. [post_ads]

3. Train to Busan (2016)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: July 20, 2016

Duration: 118 minutes

Director: Yeon Sang Ho

Author: Park Joo Suk


  • Gong Yoo as Seok Woo
  • Kim Su An as Su An
  • Jung Yu Mi as Sung Kyung
  • Ma dong Seok as Sang Hwa
  • Ahn So Hee as Jin-Hee
  • Choi Woo Shik as Young Gook
  • Kim Eul Sung as Yong Suk

If you ask the best zombie film from South Korea? Then this film is the answer. The film, starring Gong Yoo, has earned critical acclaim and has received a 94 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes page.

The film, which was directed by Yeon Sang-ho, became a global phenomenon when it was released in 2016. This film was able to break the record as the first Korean film to attract more than 10 million viewers.

Train to Busan tells of the spread of a virus that has turned infected people into zombies and within hours was able to paralyze South Korea and destroy the order of life in the country.

A father and son who are heading to Busan are trapped in a train that is attacked by zombies. Not only there, one by one the passengers on the train also started to become infected and became zombies.

The father, son and several people who are still not infected with the virus are struggling to survive the zombie attack while continuing their journey to Busan.

4.  The Wailing (2016)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: May 12, 2016

Duration: 156 minutes

Director: Na Hong Jin

Author: Na Hong Jin


  • Kwak Do Won as Jong Goo
  • Hwang Jung Min as Il Gwang
  • Jun Kunimura as Japanese man
  • Chun Woo Hee as Moo Myeong
  • Kim Hwan Hee as Hyo Jin

The Wailing is one of the most popular Korean horror films in the world and has successfully taken over the local box office. The film carries elements of terror, mystery and religious beliefs at the same time.

The story in this film takes the setting of a village that is shocked by a mysterious and violent death. Police argue that the death was due to poisoning of wild mushrooms.

Police officer Jong Goo hears rumors from his coworkers about a mysterious Japanese man living in the neighborhood. The Japanese man was thought to have caused a serious and cruel death.

Hyo Jin, who is Jong Goo's daughter, suddenly experiences symptoms similar to those of other residents who died.

Jong Goo decided to go to the mountains to find the Japanese man and to solve the mystery of what happened in the village. [post_ads_2]

5. The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale (2019)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: February 14, 2019

Duration: 112 minutes

Director: Lee Min-Jae

Author: Lee Min-Jae


  • Jung Jae-Young as Joon-Gul
  • Kim Nam-Gil as Min-Gul
  • Uhm Ji-Won as Nam-Joo
  • Lee Soo-Kyung as Hae-Gul
  • Jung Ga-Ram as Jjong-Bi
  • Park In-Hwan as Man-Deok

The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale is a zombie film from South Korea which is packaged in a different way. Instead of being creepy, the film, which was released in 2019, is filled with intriguing scenes.

This film tells the story of Man Deok, who owns a refueling business in a village. Man Deok lives with his three children, Joon Gul, Min Gul, and Hae Gul.

One day, Man Deok met a strange young man who then bit him. It turned out that the bite effect made Man Deok look younger.

Not long after, the incident that made him look young spread throughout the village. The villagers became curious and wanted to be bitten by the young man who was named Jjong Bi to make him young again.

Min Gul then made this an opportunity that could be used as a business field. Finally, the residents are willing to pay Min Gul to be bitten by Jjong Bi in hopes of looking younger.

However, the village's situation became chaotic afterwards. This is because the residents who were bitten by Jjong Bi became zombies and preyed on humans. Realizing that the village is no longer safe, Hae Gul invites his family to run away.

6. The Neighbour Zombie (2010)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: February 18, 2010

Duration: 86 minutes

Directors: Oh Young-Doo, Ryu Hoon, Hong Seo-Baek, Jang Youn-Jung


  • Bae Yong-Geun as Yong-geun
  • Hong Seo-Baek as Otaku
  • Ha Eun-Jung as Eun-Jeong
  • Seo Yoon-A
  • Lee Joo-Yeon
  • Lee Han-Sol
  • Park Young-Seo
  • Kim Hyun-Tae
  • Lee Joo-Yeon
  • Ha Sung-Kwang
  • Kim Hee-Chang

The Neighbor Zombie is a film with an omnibus model in which one film consists of 6 stories. But the essence of all the stories in this film is about a zombie attack due to a virus outbreak.

Although this film is a zombie film that is synonymous with creepy things, it is wrapped with several comedy elements in it.

This film is set in the city of Seoul which is experiencing a zombie virus attack. The government made a rule so that anyone who has been exposed to this virus must be killed immediately.

However, this rule has instead created pro and contra camps among the surviving people.

Some people whose family members have caught the virus are trying to do everything they can to keep their family members safe. [post_ads]

7. Rampant (2018)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: October 2018

Duration: 130 minutes

Director: Kim Sung Hoon

Author: Hwang Jo Yoon


  • Hyun Bin as Prince Ganglim
  • Jang Dong Gun as Kim Ja Joon
  • Lee Sun Bin as Deok Hee
  • Jung Man Sik as Hak Soo
  • Seo Ji Hye as Concubine jo
  • Jo Woo Jin as Park Jong Sa
  • Jo Dal Hwan as monk Daegil

Rampant is a thriller film set in a Joseon era kingdom. Unlike other colossal films that only discuss royal politics, this film tells the story of the struggle of the Joseon people against zombies.

Starting from the suicide by Prince Lee Young to protect his troops who were accused of carrying out a coup because they wanted to destroy the Qing kingdom.

Hearing the news of his brother's death, Prince Ganglim decided to return to Joseon and fulfill his brother's will.

Arriving in Joseon, Prince Ganglim was shocked by a village where almost all of its residents became zombies. This is where the fight against zombies begins.

8. Peninsula (2020) 

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: July 30, 2020

Duration: 116 minutes

Director: Yeon Sang Ho

Author: Park Joo Suk, Yeon Sang Ho


  • Kang Dong Won as Jeong Seok
  • Lee Jung Hyun as Min Jeong
  • Lee Re as Joon I
  • Kwon Hae Hyo as Elder Kim
  • Kim Min Jae as Sergeant Hwang
  • Koo Kyo Hwan as Captain Seo

Peninsula is a sequel to the previous film, Train to Busan. This film takes place 4 years after the Train to Busan tragedy.

It is said that the entire Korean peninsula has been infected with the Zombie plague. The country's condition has also been destroyed due to the chaos that occurred when zombies attacked the people who were still alive.

However, there were some people who managed to survive and fled Korea. One of them is Jung Seok, a former armed force who must return to a zombie-infected area to complete a mission with a very large reward.

When he returned to his mission there, the conditions in Korea were very chaotic and like a dead city. However, it turned out that not only the zombies remained, there were also a group of survivors who took shelter in the buildings to avoid the zombie attacks.

Now, what Jung Seok needs to deal with is not only a zombie attack but also a group of people who catch those who are still alive to become sacrifices in a battle arena. [post_ads_2]

9. Mad Sad Bad (2015)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: March 11, 2015

Duration: 117 minutes

Director :

  • Ryoo Seung Wan (for the first story)
  • Han Ji Seung (for the second story)
  • Kim Tae Yong (for the third story)

First story cast:

  • David Lee as Seung Ho
  • Park Jung Min as B-Gen
  • Son Soo Hyun as Yeowoobi
  • Kim Dong Young as Yang A Ri

Second story cast:

  • Park Ki Woong as Yeo Wool
  • Nam Gyu Ri as Shi Wa
  • Ji Gun Woo as the CEO's bodyguard

Third story cast:

  • Kim Soo Ahn as Soo Min
  • Park Mi Hyun as mother
  • Kang Pil Suk as Pil Suk

This film is a zombie-themed horror film which consists of 3 different stories. The first film was titled Ghost, based on the true story of a murder.

Two teenagers who are addicted to video games are asked to kill the boyfriend of another online gamer. The teenagers even decided to do it.

The second story, entitled Saw You, tells about a zombie epidemic that turns humans into zombies. From the development of science and medicine, allowing humans and zombies to live side by side.

The medicine taken by the zombies can heal them and make them remember when they became zombies. But after recovering, they lived like slaves.

The third story titled Picnic tells the story of Soo Min, an 8-year-old girl who is the older brother of 6-year-old Dong Min and suffers from autism.

One day, Dong Min spoils his brother's favorite comic. Outraged, Soo Min invites his sister to have a picnic somewhere far away. Arriving there, Dong Min was left alone behind the temple.

10. Kingdom (2019)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: January 25, 2019

Duration: 6 episodes per season

Director: Kim Seong Hun

Author: Kim Eun Hee


  • Ju Ji Hoon as Crown Prince Lee Chang
  • Bae Doona as Seo Bi
  • Ryu Seung Ryong as Jo Hak Jo
  • Kim Sung Kyu as Yeong Shin Jein
  • Kim Sang Ho as Moo Young
  • Heo Joon Ho as Ahn Hyeon
  • Jeon Seok Ho as Beom Pal

Even though “Kingdom” is not included in the movie category, we still include it in this list as “Honorable Mentions” because this series is highly recommended for those of you who are looking for horror shows full of zombie terror.

Kingdom is the first original Korean series to air on Netflix. The series, which aired in 2019, is set in the Joseon Dynasty.

Starting from the rumors of the king's death, the crown prince Lee Chang had to be crowned immediately. However, the queen who is Lee Chang's stepmother disagrees with this point.

Hence, the queen resurrected the king who had died. Crown prince Lee Chang, who was curious about it, found out by sneaking into the king's room.

Instead of seeing his father, he saw a terrifying figure in the room. He also finds out about a mysterious plague that attacks the inhabitants of the kingdom.

In 2021, the series is planned to continue into the third season. [post_ads]

11. #Alive (2020)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: June 24, 2020

Duration: 98 minutes

Director: Jo Il-Hyeong

Author: Matt Naylor


  • Yoo Ah-In as Oh Joon-Woo
  • Park Shin-Hye as Kim Yoo-Bin
  • Jeon Bae-Su as mask man
  • Lee Hyun-Wook as Lee Sang-Chul

The latest zombie film from South Korea is the original work of screenwriter Matt Naylor and director Jo Il-Hyeong starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye.

#Alive tells of a mysterious plague that spreads rapidly and uncontrollably in the city of Seoul. The plague can turn humans into vicious and aggressive zombies, so that it doesn't leave many humans.

Oh Joon-Woo (Yoo Ah-in) and Kim Yoo-Bin (Park Shin-hye) are two people who are struggling to survive and save themselves from people who have been infected.

Even though they live next door in the same apartment complex, the two of them are trapped in their respective places without cellular or internet access.

They can only rely on the news on the television and apartment windows to see what is going on in the outside world. With different abilities, the two work together to save each other's lives.

12. Seoul Station (2016)

12 Scariest Zombie-themed Korean Films

Release: August 18, 2019

Duration: 92 minutes

Director: Yeon Sang Ho

Author: Yeong Sang Ho


  • Ryu Seung Ryong as Suk Gyu
  • Shim Eun Kyung as Hye Sun
  • Lee Joon as Ki Woong

Seoul Station is an animated film which is a prequel to Train to Busan. It opens with the scene of an old man limping towards the underground station with a bloody wound on his neck.

Another homeless person who found him tried to treat him. But after successfully getting the medicine, the grandfather was dead. He also reported this to the station officer.

But when they returned to look at the corpse, they found nothing. This grandfather was the origin of the zombie terror in the city of Seoul.

Final Words

So, those are the recommendations for the best Korean zombie films that can be your next viewing choice. Or are there any Korean zombie films above that you've watched? Which one is your favorite?

Please write your response in the comments column. And of course you can watch these films on your favorite online movie viewing site. [post_ads_2]

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