Korean Horror

A four-week Film Talk and screening series October 8–30

Korean Horror

Film Talks

Come for all the terror and tragedy you’ve come to love about Korean horror films… stay to learn more from Film Talk instructor Hannah Baek about the history and culture coded in their symbolism.

Over four weeks, we’ll examine the mechanics of the horror genre and how modern South Korean cinema utilizes or diverts from its tropes. We’ll explore tales of ghosts, monsters, devils, succubi, killers, and zombies, while unearthing how they embody such sociopolitical issues as xenophobia, religious conflict, colonization, gender, class, and globalization. 

No previous familiarity with Korean film, language, or history is required to enjoy this series. While admittedly the films can be pretty scary, the instructor welcomes the horror averse to take a chance on enjoying their deeper meanings together in a supportive and interactive classroom. Weekly themed costumes are also HIGHLY encouraged! 

In conjunction with this series, SIFF will present four terrific films on the big screen at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian—A Tale of Two Sisters (October 8), The Housemaid (October 15), The Wailing (October 22), and Train to Busan (October 29). Each week, the course will also draw upon a supplementary film in class—participants are invited but not expected to view these supplementary films on their own.

Class Pass including all classes and screenings: $100 | $75 SIFF Member
Individual Talks: $25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 SIFF Member

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Mondays, 7:00–9:00pm PT
SIFF Film Center (live) + Streamed via Zoom Webinar

Series Schedule
October 8 - Screening - A Tale of Two Sisters
October 9 - Film Talk - Week 1: Ghosts & Specters
October 15 - Screening - The Housemaid
October 16 - Film Talk - Week 2: Succubi & Killers
October 22 - Screening - The Wailing
October 23 - Film Talk - Week 3: Foreign Devils & Monsters
October 29 - Screening - Train to Busan
October 30 - Film Talk - Week 4: Zombies & Viruses

Hannah Baek


Hannah Baek is an independent film programmer and researcher specializing in Asian cinema and interactive film screenings. She received a master’s degree from Harvard’s Regional Studies East Asia program, where she studied gender queerness in the "Dark Ages" of 1970s South Korean cinema. Most recently, she has worked with SIFF, the Seattle Queer Film Festival, Sundance, the Harvard Film Archive, MUBI, and Spectacle Theater.