Can you believe it’s already October? Time flies when you’re watching K-drama after K-drama...
October's exciting because there are heaps of K-dramas coming out (While You Were Sleeping anyone?), it’s only three months 'til Christmas and Halloween is right around the corner!
Because Halloween is obviously something that you need to spend the whole month building up to, it’s time to look at some K-drama alternatives to horror movies to get you in the mood.
So, here are six spooky-but-not-too-traumatically-horrifying K-dramas for Halloween season:
This absolutely amazing and iconic drama features a number of cool supernatural elements that tie in nicely with the theme of Halloween. There’s an immortal Goblin who meddles with the fate of humans, Grim Reapers; your friendly neighbourhood ghost gang, a not-so-friendly wandering vengeful spirit and enough near-death encounters to keep you excited. It doesn’t hurt that the Goblin and Grim Reaper are so much better looking than conventional representations.
2. Oh My Ghostess
Whoever said being possessed by a ghost wasn't fun has obvs never seen Oh My Ghostess. This drama follows a lusty virgin ghost who just wants to fulfill her goal of sleeping with a guy so that she can move on into the afterlife. Featuring shameless ogling of Jo Jung Suk, the story gets a bit more complicated after she gets stuck in the body of a shy chef’s assistant and starts to unravel the mystery behind her death.
3. Save Me
What’s more terrifying than the supernatural? Horrible things that have the potential to occur, or have occurred in real life. Just from the title, you already feel like pretty scary stuff is going to go down. This drama is about a couple of unemployed youths who try to save a girl from the clutches of a pseudo-religious cult with more than just slightly questionable beliefs and activities. The utterly horrible and deranged behaviour of this cult is scarier than some horror movies, perhaps in part because it reveals how twisted the human psyche can be and the power of brainwashing.
4. Mirror of the Witch (**Spoilers Alert**)
Feast your eyes on this beautiful, but pretty spooky, historical drama that incorporates lots of shamanism and general mystical powers/black magic. Featuring a really sucky curse, there’s lots of crazy stuff in this drama, like a touch of necromancy and blood magic, and a thrilling quest to break the curse (the purpose of which was ultimately defeated when the main character sacrifices herself, oops spoilers). And did I mention how absolutely stunning all their costumes are?
5. Bring It On, Ghost
K-dramas seem to do ghost stories really well. Bring It On, Ghost provides us with an interesting partnership between a ghost and an exorcist who work together to listen to the stories of ghosts and help them move on to the afterlife. Equal parts horror and comedy, the drama delivers on fighting scenes because the exorcist’s unconventional method of banishing ghosts is physically beating them up until they move on. What’s even better than this rowdy ghost v human fighting? Kim Soo Hyun’s petite ghost character being super badass and better at fighting than everyone else.
6. Orange Marmalade
You can’t do Halloween without at least one mention of vampires, and that is where Orange Marmalade delivers. This cute little romance featuring a popular normal human boy unintentionally falling in love with a vampire is mashed in with some potentially relationship-breaking human-vampire conflict. There’s a nice little parallel Joseon-era storyline that showcases the original conflict between the two species, and which makes the drama more than just a way better, gender role-reversal version of Twilight.
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