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And by scaredy-cat, I meant me.
As much as I’d love to marathon a bunch of horror movies this Halloween, I’m far from being courageous enough to sit through one without worrying about having nightmares for the next ten days. That’s why I prefer horror comedies.
Horror comedies are scary, but at least they’re not consistently scary! When it achieves a good balance, it can be enjoyable and fun. My favorite is Shaun of the Dead, but that’s not Asian so that’s not included in this list. Ooops.
Hello Ghost (2010)
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Sang-Man has tried to kill himself numerous times, but somehow, he ends up in every attempt. After one failed suicide attempt, he wakes up in the hospital and founds out that he can see ghosts. Four specific ghosts stick to him and won’t leave his side until he grants their wishes. The first part of the movie is pretty slow, but once the plot starts rolling, it unravels into a heart-warming story of finding love and family in the people who stick with you.
Cha Tae-Hyun is great as Sang-Man. He gives sensitivity to his role and delivers a performance that’s heartbreaking and endearing at the same time. By the end of the movie, you just want to hug him and all the ghosts and cry and cry and cry.
Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles (2012)
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Makoy visits his pregnant girlfriend’s province to her back. Sonia left him after realizing that he’s a good-for-nothing that can do no good for her and her future child. Brash and aggressive, no one takes kindly to Makoy’s arrival. But as much as he’d like to focus his attention to wooing her back, he ends up facing an army of aswang trying to steal the baby from Sonia’s womb.
Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles redeemed my faith in Filipino mainstream movies, and I was glad to when I learned that it was received so well that it even had a sequel.
I’m pretty sure that there are more Asian horror comedy movies, but these six are the ones on top of my head. I probably wouldn’t watch any horror movie this Halloween, but if I would, I’d probably stick to horror comedies.
Chilling Romance (2011)
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Yeo-Ri (Son Ye-Jin) is forced to live in isolation when the ghost of her dead bestfriend won’t leave her and everyone around her alone. Her little “talent” is put into good use when a street magician used her as inspiration to create a phenomenal magical show.
Romance, horror and comedy are present in this one whirlwind of a movie. One minute I’m swooning, the next I’m cowering and hiding my face behind my hands. This movie further made me love Lee MinKi, because he’s just pretty freakin’ great as the charismatic magician.
Zombadings: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington (2011)
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A serial murderer is killing homosexuals left and right. The killing don’t concern Remington until one morning, he wakes up and realizes that he starts transforming into a transgender. Day by day, he becomes more effeminate and starts dressing like a girl. On the night of the full moon, all the dead ghosts rise from the dead and become zombies.
Martin Escudero was simply endearing as the confused Remington. It’s unlike other movies I’ve watched before, but it was a breath of fresh air the time it was screened in Philippine cinemas.
Pee Mak (2013)
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Based on a Thai folklore, Pee Mak is about a husband who goes to war and leaves her pregnant wife alone. When he comes back from war with his friends, he returns to his wife, Nat, and their son. The village people tell him that his wife died in childbirth along with the child, but Pee Mak refuses to believe them.
The movie is a laugh-out-loud comedy that can have you crying from screaming and laughing at the same. It doesn’t even leave you enough time to breathe after laughing so much, because in the same scene you’ll find yourself screaming your heads off.
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A Filipino superstition believes that when a person whispers his heart’s deepest desire to a dead body, his wishes will come true. Learning about this nonsensical belief, Conan attends a wake and whispers to a dead body how he wishes for Ellen, a nurse he’s deeply in love with, to reciprocate his feelings.
It doesn’t work on his first attempt, and his second attempt happens when he witnesses the death of an old woman. Instead of having his heart’s desire fulfilled, he ends up attracting demons. The premise sounds ridiculous but Vhong Navarro and Angelica Panganiban’s tandem surprisingly worked.
What’s your favorite Asian horror comedies? Share your recommendations below!