Kmuse’s Musings: Scary Dramas for October

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It is that time of year again where we go searching for the scariest dramas to watch in anticipation of Halloween.  So come join me as I chat about the best suspenseful dramas available.  Did I miss your favorite?  Be sure to let us know what your Halloween dramathon choice is in the comments.

Signal

This suspenseful crime drama is a must watch if you want to be at the edge of your seat.  Two detectives separated by time are able to talk via a walkie-talkie and change the future with unexpected consequences.  The bad guys are truly evil and the cases are creepy as all get out.  This show is my #1 recommendation for some good scares.

Signal Trailer

Love Me If You Dare

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Simon (Wallace Huo) is a brilliant profiler who has a tragic past thanks to a serial killer who got too close.  Is he really better or did something happen that has broken him forever?  This is a perfect Chinese drama for those that enjoy crime shows mixed with a bit of romance.

Love Me If You Dare Trailer:

Train to Busan (Movie)

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This movie is perfect for the horror fans out there.  Scary as all get out and wonderfully acted it is the best scary zombie movie I have seen to date.  It is a perfect pick for someone who wants something fast and easy.  Check out our more detailed review of the movie HERE!

Train to Busan Teaser

Bring it On, Ghost

b9.jpgBring it on Ghost is a solid show from start to finish and perfect for an October viewing. If you are looking for lighter scares than this is the perfect pick for the more sensitive viewers.  You still have your creep factor with scary ghosts and a huge big bad, but the scary part is tempered with some great comedy.  It also has a sweet romance between our high school ghost and local ghost hunter.

Bring it on Ghost Trailer

Soul (aka Possessed)

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This is probably the scariest out of the options.  Only 10 episodes, it is a fast paced scary ride full of murders, ghosts, and truly messed up concepts of justice.  We see sweet Ha Na ( Im Joo Eun – Wild Romance, Whats UP) witness multiple murders including that of her twin sister.  Upon going a little crazy, she emerges possessed by her sister’s vengeful spirit and is used by profiler Shin Ryu (Lee Seo Jin – Damo, Gye Baek) to murder people who had escaped justice.  If you want the, in your face scare, then this is your drama.  I often jumped because of the ghosts and I would personally not watch this before bedtime.  However, it does have slight jumps and holes in the plot so don’t expect a masterpiece when it comes to the script.

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SOUL TRAILER:

Vampire Prosecutor (seasons 1 & 2)

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I know that if you were judging from the title alone you would assume that this is either super cheesy or something via twilight.  However, viewers are surprised to find a really solid crime drama behind the weird title.  And although this is not a traditional scary drama like Soul,  it does have its suspenseful moments.  And even better than that, it has Yun Jung Hoon (I summon you gold, Can love become Money) playing Prosecutor Min Tae Yeon.  And he is all kinds of gorgeous, amazing, charismatic, stick a bow on him and give him as a present, hunk of Korean male.  Through two seasons we follow him on his quest for justice against both the living and the undead.
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Vampire Prosecutor Trailers:

White Christmas

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This is my go to drama when I want something well written and super suspenseful.   This drama takes us to Susin High School, nicknamed “Prison High,”  it is an elite school attended by the top 1% of students in the country.  Stuck in the middle of the mountains with no outside influences, the only thing that the students do is study and wait for Christmas break, to leave for a week to visit their families.  This Christmas 7 students and a teacher remain and are confronted  with a killer among them who is interested in finding out if monsters are created, or if they are born.  With one of the best up and coming cast of young actors, it is an amazing drama that feels reminiscent of a good Agatha Christie murder mystery.

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White Christmas Trailer:

The Master’s Sun 

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One of the biggest hits of 2013, The Masters Sun is the story of Tae Gong Shil  (Gong Hyo Jin – Greatest Love, Pasta) whose life is falling apart because she is able to see Ghosts.  When she discovers that the ghosts disappear anytime she touches Joo Joong Won (So Ji Sub – Ghost), she becomes determined to stay close to him regardless of the costs.  While this drama has its share of spooky, pop out at you ghost, it is more a romantic comedy than a horror drama.  So, if you are looking for something of a lighter scary nature, then this is a safe bet.  It has a sweet romantic story from start to finish and I truly enjoyed all of the characters.

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The Master’s Sun Trailer:

Sign

Sign is a tightly written medical investigation drama about forensic doctors solving murder cases. While from first glance this looks like any other murder/medical drama, it starts to surprise you from  the beginning, and as you delve into the murder of an Idol Star, it leads to the hunt for a cunning Serial Killer.  Some of the best suspenseful moments in any kdrama I have watched to date were in this show.  The OST creates a mood of frantic energy which just heightens your watching experience.  Be sure to stick with this drama to the end since it has one of the best dramatic endings that I have ever seen.  I literally forced my mom to finish this one because it is that good.

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Sign Trailer:

Scholar Who Walks The Night

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Scholar Who Walks The Night is a Sageuk about a man who is turned into a vampire to fight against an evil vampire that is the power behind the Joseon throne. I will give Scholar credit for trying to be a bit scarier than your normal kdrama.  Sadly, I tended to laugh at most of their “scary” scenes.  This director’s concept of vampire angst just has me rolling with laughter.  Poor Lee Joon Ki had to really go all out and try to show blood lust angst, but it just didn’t work.  Still an entertaining watch despite the lack of scary moments.

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Scholar Who Walks the Night Teaser

Hope these help you in your quest for some good drama thrills.  Have a Happy Halloween!

Kmuse

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5 thoughts on “Kmuse’s Musings: Scary Dramas for October

  1. I liked how “Love me if you dare” started, but it some point it got so convoluted, twisted and over the top that it lost me. Also, the spunky heroine lost all her spunk and independence when she started her relationship with Simon.
    I think I lasted as long as I did solely because of the scorching hotness of Wallace Huo.

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  2. Scholar Who Walks the Night is worth watching for the eye candy – and the beautifully composed atmospheric shots. It’s one of those KDramas that are more entertaining with the subs off, where you can just make up your own story….
    But LJK and Lee Soo Hyuk as vampires!!!! OMG!!!!!
    Plus Changmin’s in this & isn’t horrible….for the Cassies…

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  3. I’ll recommend Master’s Sun, Signal, White Christmas and Train To Busan. The one I’ve already downloaded several weeks back was “The Wailing” but I’m scared to watch it alone. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched Conjuring 1&2 and Insidious 1-3 but I tend to get more scared when watching Asian Horror/Suspense/Thriller Movies…

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