The horror genre is where moviemakers will attempt to make you squirm in your seat. Although most people would assume this means seeing some type of ghost, monster or other non-living or non-human life form, the movie does not really have to. By Wikipedia’s definition, it could be anything that evokes the viewer’s fear. This means it could be anything that is considered out of the ordinary or what is considered mainstream.
Depending on where you are from, this most probably includes fearing the gay community. There is a saying which goes something like, “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” giving the impression that LGBT people are some form of aberration. Essentially, what they are saying is LGBT = horror. Following that line of thought, it is surprising there are not a whole lot of Asian horror films that utilize LGBT characters or more decent themes. In half of the movies listed here, the gays are presented in comedic form. It is possible that moviemakers are trying to introduce the concept of gay ghosts/characters without alienating more viewers. Here are 10 Asian horror movies that feature cross dressers, drag queens, lesbian ghosts, gay zombies or a similar underlying theme.
*Warning: Spoilers may be included*
1. The Wig aka Scary Hair (South Korea)
Su-hyeon is fighting a losing battle against cancer. As a result of therapy, her hair has already begun to fall out. Her older sister Ji-hyeon buys her a wig to make her feel better. Little do they know that the wig is possessed by a spirit, a gay man who used to date Ji-hyeon’s boyfriend.
2. The Victim – (Thailand)
Ting is an aspiring actress who is hired by the local police to play the victim in various crime reenactments. In one case, Ting is haunted by the spirit of Meen, a murdered former beauty queen. Meen helps Ting find her killer. In an interesting twist, we later find out Ting is actually a film character played by May. During the filming, May is possessed by a transgendered movie fan.
3. Whispering Corridors (South Korea)
Whispering Corridors consist of a series of films beginning 1998. Each one is set in an all-girls high school. The movies feature themes of friendship, treachery and how the school community views lesbian relationships.
Whispering Corridors 1
Whispering Corridors 2: Memento Mori
Whispering Corridors 3: Wishing Stairs
Whispering Corridors 4: Voice
Whispering Corridors 5: Blood Pledge
4. Haunting Me (Thailand)
Four aging drag queens are running a boys dormitory. The ghosts of two murdered teens begin haunting the dormitory, forcing the “women” to help the ghosts find peace.
5. Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington (Philippines)
As a boy, Remington made fun of gay people. One day, a gay man places a curse on him, which turns him into a gay man once he reaches adulthood. True to his word, Remington began noticing signs that he is becoming a gay man against his will before his 21st birthday. During this time, a serial killer is also running loose in the village and targeting gay people. There are also gay zombies causing mayhem. Will Remington be the next victim of the gay killer or will the rampaging gay zombies get to him first?
6. Pee Toom Tim (Thailand)
Rada is a professional goalkeeper aiming to qualify for the World Cup. He gets injured during a match and his spirit is replaced with that of Ming, a gay ghost. The hell god (Devil?) makes Ming perform a variety of tasks before Rada manages to get back to his body.
7. Ghost 2010 aka Be With Me (South Korea)
Ghost 2010 consists of three stories of three young girls in high school. Each meets a mysterious tarot card reader who tells them to perform a chant to reveal their fortunes. The second story, Attached, is of particular interest. So-Young and Nam-Hee are the best of friends and among the brightest of their batch. They are both offered a chance to get a recommendation from the principal to help them get into college. Nam-Hee reveals to So-Young that she is pregnant. So-Young encourages Nam-Hee to keep the baby and that they will raise the child together, assuming the role of dad. Although she makes a promise to Nam-Hee, So-Young also hatches up a plan to get the recommendation for herself.
8. Hor Taew Taek Haek Krajerng aka Oh My Ghosts! (Thailand)
Three gay brothers run a boys dormitory that is being haunted by a spirit. They fight back by hiring their own. An ensuing chaos erupts when they can no longer control the situation.
9. Tropical Malady (Thailand)
This movie features an interesting mix of fantasy, romance and horror. The story is split into two parts: the first showing the romance between two gay men while the second is a tale of a soldier that becomes lost in the forest and comes across a shape-shifting shaman.
10. Ghost Station (Thailand)
The movie was produced as a comic spoof of the movie Brokeback Mountain. In this movie, Yai and Udd are a gay couple who move to the countryside. They plan to put up a business in a gas station which is haunted by a ghost.