Horror Stories (film)

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Horror Stories
Horror Stories poster.jpg
Directed byIm Dae-woong
Jung Bum-sik
Hong Ji-young
Kim Gok
Kim Sun
Min Kyu-dong
Produced byKim Won-guk
Min Jin-su
Written byIm Dae-woong
Jung Bum-sik
Byun Hye-joo
Kim Gok
Kim Sun
StarringKim Ji-won
Yoo Yeon-seok
Choi Yoon-young
Jin Tae-hyun
Kim Hyun-soo
Nam Bo-ra
Jung Eun-chae
Bae Soo-bin
Kim Ye-won
Music byHeo Deok-beom
Kim Seong-hyeon
Lee Jae-jin
Kang Min-seok
CinematographyLee Jeong-in
Kim Tae-gyeong
Yoon Nam-joo
Lee Seon-yeong
Edited byJeong Jin-hee
Kim Sun-min
Distributed byLotte Entertainment
Release date
  • July 25, 2012 (2012-07-25)
Running time
108 minutes
CountrySouth Korea

Horror Stories (Hangul무서운 이야기; RRMuseoun Iyagi) is a 2012 horror omnibus film made up of four short films by five South Korean directors.

A high school student is kidnapped by a killer and has her life on the line. To survive, she tells him the scariest stories she knows; starting with "Don't Answer to the Door", a story of eerie things happening in a house with a brother and sister who are waiting for their mother, "Endless Flight" in which a flight attendant and a serial killer is left alone in an airplane up in the air, "Secret Recipe" a cruel 2012 version of a folktale in which two stepsisters fight to marry a wealthy cannibalistic man, and "Ambulance on the Death Zone" in which the survivors in a city filled with a deadly zombie virus suspect each other of being infected while riding together in an ambulance.[1][2][3]

Horror Stories was the opening film of the 2012 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.[4][5][6][7][8][9]



A high school student named Ji-won is kidnapped by a serial killer with a speech impediment. The killer can only go to sleep when he listens to scary stories. Hoping to escape, Ji-won Scheherazade-like begins telling him the four scariest stories she knows.

Don't Answer to the Door[edit]

Based on the Korean folktale The Sun and the Moon about a tiger who gobbles up and impersonates the mother of a young boy and his sister. A sister and brother are waiting for their mom to get home. However, their mother is late and the girl begins to get caught up in her own imagination. A suspicious delivery man knocks on the door, and the siblings try not to open it. (Hangul해와 달; lit. The Sun and the Moon)

Endless Flight[edit]

A flight attendant faces a serial killer alone, while the airplane is flying at an altitude of 30,000 feet. (Hangul공포 비행기; lit. The Terror Plane)

Secret Recipe[edit]

Based on the well-known Korean folktale Kongjwi and Patjwi, another variant of Cinderella. Gong-ji is getting married soon to Min, a rich and handsome bachelor. But she feels anxious due to her stepsister Bak-ji's severe jealousy. Wanting Min for herself, Bak-ji undergoes plastic surgery to look like Gong-ji. What they don't know is Min's secret to maintain his young face. Meanwhile, Min watches all of this, amused. (Hangul콩쥐, 팥쥐; lit. Kongjwi and Patjwi)

Ambulance on the Death Zone[edit]

Among the five survivors inside an ambulance escaping at full speed from a horde of berserker zombies are a doctor, a nurse, an unconscious child and her mother. The young girl is found to have an unknown scar on her wrist, and the military doctor believes that she was infected by a zombie epidemic. The tension and anxiety level begins to climb as the nurse must make a choice between following his orders and helping the child's distraught mother. (Hangul앰뷸런스; lit. The Ambulance)
  • Directed by Kim Gok and Kim Sun
  • Kim Ji-young - Hyun-soo's mother
  • Kim Ye-won - nurse
  • Jo Han-cheol - army doctor
  • Park Jae-woong - ambulance driver


A sequel, Horror Stories 2, using the same omnibus format but with a completely different cast, was released in 2013.


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  2. ^ Yi, Paul (30 July 2012). "Summer Season Horror Film Lineup". Arirang News. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  3. ^ Kim, Kyu Hyun. "Horror Stories". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  4. ^ Kwaak, Je-yup (18 July 2012). "Horror takes stage as PiFan opens". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  5. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (6 July 2012). "Fringe genres take center stage at PiFan". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  6. ^ Park, Soo-mee (20 July 2012). "Anthology Chiller Horror Stories Opens Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  7. ^ Yi, Paul (21 July 2012). "16th Annual Puchon International Film Festival Kicks Off". Arirang News. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  8. ^ "16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival". KBS World. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
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