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This is the first detailed English-language book on Korean horror cinema. It explores the importance of folklore and myth on horror film, the impact of political and social change upon the genre, and accounts for the transnational triumph of some of Korea’s contemporary cinema. It explores global successes such as A Tale of Two Sisters, as well as films little-known outside Korea, including The Devil’s Stairway and Woman’s Wail. Its exploration and definition of the canon makes it an essential read for fans and scholars of horror film and Korean cinema alike.


"An important scholarly contribution to Korean cinema studies in the English-speaking world. It lays the groundwork for future research of Korean horror cinema as well as horror genre studies in general."


"The book is written by contributors who understand both Korean and western cultures. It is accessible, well written and, most of all, its descriptions of Korean horror films are as fascinating as the chilling horror films that captivate us."

East Asian Journal of Popular Culture

"From avenging ghost stories to the gory violence of Asian "Extreme", and from folkloric fox women to haunted high schools, this remarkable volume is an indispensable contribution to the expanding field of global horror film studies."

- Professor Harry M. Benshoff, University of North Texas

"A deftly edited and superbly organized collection. The authors know the subject intimately and examine the films with rigor and detail in a direct and accessible style designed to reach the widest possible range of readers. Highly recommended."

Choice Review, American Library Association

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