When it comes to thriller and suspense, nothing can beat Korean thriller movies. These are filled with mystery, suspense & lots of twists that will make you watch them till the end.
The Korean film industry is now rising as Parasite by Bong Joon Ho won four academy awards in 2019. Korean dramas are also responsible for the popularity of Korean culture across the world.
Korean Movies About Serial Killers
Thriller movies also have a few categories or elements. Some of them are psychological, investigation, suspense, mystery, plot twists, etc. The twists and turns in these movies are meant to keep us guessing right up until the end.
One of them is the involvement of a serial killer. These movies are the best among thriller films. They often look into the dark and twisted minds of serial killers and try to figure out what makes them do such horrible things.
Whether you’re a fan of horror movies or simply enjoy a good psychological thriller, here are some good movies about serial killers you can watch.
1. Memories Of Murder
In 1986, in Gyunggi, a young woman is found dead. Two local detectives try to investigate the murder using brutality and torturing the suspects, without any result. Then, a detective from Seoul comes to help them and is convinced that a serial killer is killing the women.
Detectives look for a witness for a case. Soo Ah, a blind witness appears. She can reveal important clues on the case. Another witness gives contradictory statements to her. The investigation then goes through many twists, while she finds herself up against the killer.
3. The Chase
A detective tried to catch a serial killer, but he failed. 30 years later, a new series of murders takes place. Duk Soo owns property in the neighborhood and knows pretty much everything about the area. The detective now asks for his help in catching the killer.
4. I Saw The Devil
A dangerous psychopath driver kills a woman on his way home. Her fiance Soo Hyun, who is a secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He successfully catches the psycho, beats him & lets him free. The game of cat & mouse begins.
5. Confession Of Murder
After the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Doo Suk publishes an autobiography, “I’m A Killer”, describing all his murders in great detail. Detective Choi, who investigated his murders, starts the chase once again.
Gwang Il arrives in South Korea through planning by the NIS in South Korea and the CIA in America. He becomes a suspect in a series of murders. Detective Yi Do knows by intuition that Gwang Il is the culprit, but NIS Agent Park Jae Hyuk protects him.
7. The Call
Seo Yeon comes back home after a long time. She connects an old phone that was in the house and speaks to a stranger named Yeong Sook who lives in the same house but 20 years apart. A serial killer puts another woman’s past and life on the line to change her fate.
8. Missing You
A young woman waits for the release of the serial killer who was found guilty of killing her father 15 years ago. She is helped by a detective who wants to prove that the killer is responsible for more killings.
9. Memoir of a Murderer
Byung Soo was a serial killer. He now suffers from Alzheimer’s & lives with his daughter. One day, he gets into an accident with another killer named Tae Joo. Meanwhile, Tae Joo begins to woo his daughter. To protect his daughter, Byung Soo struggles to kill him.
Seung Hoon is a physician who opened a clinic in Seoul but went bankrupt. He landed a job at a hospital in the countryside and he soon gets involved in a series of murder cases when his patient talks about murder while under anesthesia.
11. The Chaser
A pimp becomes involved in a breathless race against time to catch a psychopathic serial killer after one of his girls goes missing. To find evidence, he has just 12 hours before the killer is released.
12. Midnight FM
Sun Young, a popular radio host, decides to quit her job to take care of her ill-daughter. But, the last day of her job turns nightmarish when a murderer takes her family hostage. He sends the text message to her instructing her to follow his directions and not to tell anyone.
A serial killer has been terrorizing a neighborhood in Seoul, and in 6 months, 10 people have disappeared without a trace. He uses a manhole to trap his victims. His latest victim is a 14-year-old girl, and her older sister is desperate to find her.
14. Bloody Reunion
A teacher & some alumni meet for the first time in 16 years in a countryside cottage for a small reunion. But the happy reunion turns into a nightmare as they are brutally murdered, one by one.
15. Our Town
Gyeong Ju gets engaged in a fight with his landlord and ends up killing her. Soon he realizes that his town has a serial killer, murdering only women, and he believes he might get away with his accidental murder. He stages it to resemble the other murders.
16. The Neighbors
Residents of an apartment building learn that a serial killer lives within their building. A lady feels heavy guilt for not being able to prevent her stepdaughter’s murder. So, she tries to find the killer. Meanwhile, a young girl becomes the next target of the serial killer.
A serial killer who preyed on pregnant women has been behind bars for 10 months when a copycat killer becomes active. Detectives meet with the imprisoned killer and search for clues to head off the copycat killer before he kills more.
18. Princess Aurora
A strange series of murders begin to take place in Korea. A small sticker depicting a character from the popular “Princess Aurora” cartoon series is found at every crime scene. Two detectives are assigned to the case to solve it.
19. The Record
The film centers on a group of young people who killed an innocent person and videotaped the act for their amusement. Punishment is provided by a mysterious man who seeks out each of the murderers and kills them for his pleasure.
So, these were the best Korean films involving a serial killer that you can watch if you love thrillers. Serial killer movies have a good storyline, psychological elements, etc.
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