Halloween, or All Hallows' Eve, on October 31, is traditionally dedicated to remembering the dead, and is said to be a time when the walls between our world and the next are wafer thin – allowing ghosts and witches to pass through into our world and to reek their mischief and havoc.
On Halloween, children and adults often dress up as ghouls, witches and monsters in order to ward off evil spirits.
Usual Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, telling scary stories, visiting haunted houses ... and watching scary movies.
So while the ghosts are at large and among us, what better time to notch up the thrills and indulge in some Asian supernatural flicks?
Here are our Asian horror picks, some of which have been remade in Hollywood, that will have you cowering under your sheets at night.
‘The Eye’ (2002)
When this film starring Malaysian-born actress Angelica Lee Sin-je was released in 2002, it created waves of terror in the cinemas.
Directed by the twins Danny and Oxide Pang, the film revolves around a blind violinist who receives a corneal transplant.
When she regains her sight, though, she starts getting premonitions of death and disaster.
The Eye, which was remade in Hollywood in 2008, will make you thinking twice about ever entering an empty lift on your own again.
One of Japan’s most terrifying films of all time, this psychological thriller by director Hideo Nakata was both a critical and commercial success.
Nanako Matsushima plays a reporter who investigates a weird case of people mysteriously dying seven days after watching a creepy video.
The Hollywood remake, also using the same title, starred Naomi Watts, but nothing beats the original.
‘Ju-on: The Grudge’ (2002)
A family unwittingly moves into a house where a jealous husband had murdered his wife and son.
The new tenants fall prey to the house’s curse and the vengeful spirit of the murdered wife, who seems intent on killing anyone who enters the house.
The first sight of the mother and son will give you nightmares for a long time!
Written and directed by Takashi Shimizu, this film was also remade in Hollywood as The Grudge.
‘The Maid’ (2005)
This sophomoric outing by Singaporean director Kelvin Tong is the highest grossing Singapore horror film ever.
The plot revolves around Rosa, a young domestic worker who arrives in Singapore during the seventh month of the Chinese year to work for a family who runs a Chiu Chow opera troupe.
As she settles into her new life, she begins to get vivid nightmares and see apparitions.
She learns that the family has dark secrets that involves her predecessor’s mysterious disappearance.
One of the more outstanding Thai horror films with broader appeal, Shutter tells the story of a couple who discover disturbing shadows and ghostly images on photographs they develop after a tragic accident.
They investigate further and soon learn that they cannot escape from their own pasts.
This was also remade as a Hollywood film, which failed to match the original in thrills and scares.
‘Nang Nak’ (1998)
Another terrifying Thai horror film, Nang Nak – directed by Nonzee Nimibutr – is based on an ancient Thai folk tale about a young couple named Mak and Nak who live in a small farming village.
Mak has to go off to war in Bangkok, leaving a pregnant Nak to fend for herself.
When Mak returns, he finds his wife as loving as ever and his baby son chubby and healthy.
As time goes on, though, he begins to suspect that his wife and child may not be as alive as they appear.
A Singaporean-Malaysian production, 23:59 is set on an island where Singaporean army recruits are sent for training.
The island is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a mad woman who died at exactly that time. Some new recruits report seeing the ghost.
Initially disbelieving, the others start to wonder if it may be real when recruits start dying in inexplicable ways.
This will make you wonder whether taking a hike on that lonely trail is a good idea.
‘A Tale of Two Sisters’ (2003)
Inspired by a Joseon dynasty folk tale, the film focuses on a recently released mental patient who returns home with her sister, only to experience disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their home.
She discovers that these events are connected to a dark past in the family's history.
One of South Korea’s highest grossing horror films, A Tale of Two Sisters will give you nightmares about wooden cupboards!
‘Rigor Mortis’ (2013)
This atmospheric and stylish nod to classic Chinese vampire films marked the directorial debut of Canto-pop singer Juno Mak (though with the help of Takashi Shimizu, one of its producers).
A down-on-his-luck actor is forced to move into a dilapidated and spooky block of flats to make ends meet.
After a failed suicide attempt, he gets to know his somewhat wacky neighbours – one of whom is trying to use black magic to resurrect her dead husband as a zombie.
‘Haunted Hotel’ (2017)
Helmed by Malaysian director Ryon Lee, Haunted Hotel was filmed at the notorious real-life Amber Court in Malaysia’s Genting Highlands, which is rumoured to be one of the most haunted places in the country.
The story revolves around a couple who inadvertently check into a spooky hotel after a night at the casino. They are in for the fright of their lives as they struggle to escape from the ordeal. The film is also known as Haunted Road 2.