7 must-see Korean horror dramas to binge-watch with your friends

All of Us Are Dead. Courtesy of Netflix.
All of Us Are Dead. Courtesy of Netflix. /

Korean horror dramas are arguably the best subgenre of South Korean television dramas. They incorporate horror, thriller, supernatural, psychological, and cultural elements, which work together well to create a compelling genre that captivates audiences worldwide.

Are you and your friends looking for something good and exciting to watch? If so, you should check out our list below of some of the best Korean horror dramas. These shows will definitely keep you coming back for more!

All of Us Are Dead (2022-)

Based on the Naver webtoon of the same name by Joo Dong-geun, All of Us Are Dead takes place during a zombie apocalypse with the primary setting being a South Korean high school. It follows a group of high schoolers who are trapped inside Hyosan High with limited resources and communication. They must band together in order to survive and reach safety.

A second season is currently in the works, so you might want to get started on the first season as soon as possible.

Where to watch: Netflix

Parasyte: The Grey (2024)

Coming from Train to Busan's Yeon Sang-ho, Parasyte: The Grey is based on the bestselling Japanese manga Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki. The story is set in the fictional city of Namil that's been invaded by a bunch of unidentified parasitic creatures who have taken over the bodies of humans in an effort to take over humankind. To end their reign, an anti-parasite task force is formed called Team Grey whose job is to eradicate all the unidentified parasites.

Season 1 mainly centers around a young woman named Su-in, who becomes partially infected by a parasite and is forced into a bizarre coexistence with it. Meanwhile, a young gang member is on the search for his missing sister. These two meet and join forces, which is something that is very much needed at a time when parasites and humans are at war.

Where to watch: Netflix

Gyeongseong Creature (2023-)

Set during the spring of 1945, when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule, Gyeongseong Creature follows an entrepreneur and a sleuth who, after encountering a strange creature born from greed, must band together to battle against it for survival. A Gyeongseong Creature season 2 is officially happening and will be released sometime in 2024.

Where to watch: Netflix

Sweet Home (2020-)

Sweet Home follows high school student Cha Hyun-Soo, who after moving into a rundown apartment complex, finds himself having to band together with his new neighbors in order to survive against the horrifying monsters roaming his apartment and the entire city.

Where to watch: Netflix

Revenant (2023)

Revenant is a Korean horror series centering around a woman named Gu San-yeong, who is possessed by a malevolent entity, and a folklore professor named Yeom Haesang, who has the ability to see demons. Together, they investigate the mysterious deaths surrounding their city.

Where to watch: Hulu

Hellbound (2021-)

When unearthly beings appear out of nowhere and begin terrorizing Seoul by torturing and condemning the citizens to hell, these supernatural events bring about utter chaos and the rise of an up-and-coming religious organization called "The New Truth." However, there are some people who don't agree with the religious group's activities, such as lawyer Min Hyejin, and they go against them.

Where to watch: Netflix

Stranger from Hell (2019)

Stranger from Hell, otherwise known as Hell Is Other People, follows a young aspiring writer named Yoon Jong-woo, who moves from the countryside to Seoul after securing an internship in a company. He decides to rent out a room in the rundown Eden Studio since he's low on money, but as he encounters his new neighbors, he realizes how bizarre and unsettling they are.

As time goes on, mysterious occurrences begin to happen at the apartment complex, causing Jong-woo to become increasingly paranoid and fearful. He starts to uncover the dark secrets of the apartment and its abnormal residents and eventually finds himself entangled in a web of horror and mystery.

Where to watch: Pluto TV or The Roku Channel for free

What are some of your favorite Korean horror dramas?

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