How many Korean monsters do you know? Which ones enjoy riding humans? Which monster resides in a North Korean lake and had a movie made about it?

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Cheonji Lake Monsters?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFElPwUVUHs

MBC Jangsan-beom report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx7gYwX0DLM

Reported sightings of Jangsan-beom (map)

Reported sightings of Jangsan-beom (map)

Sketch of Jangsan-beom by eyewitness Oh Yuboon

Sketch of Jangsan-beom by eyewitness Oh Yuboon

Movie Recommendations

  • Bulgasari – 1985 North Korean monster movie, essentially a kaiju film (called goe-su in Korean)
    • Director Shin Sang-ok was kidnapped by North Korea (ordered by Kim Jong-il) and forced to make several films in the North, including Bulgasari
  • The Host – Korean title is ‘goe-mul’
  • Universal Monster Movies – all the golden age films
    • Namely the first three Frankenstein films: Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein – cinema’s first great trilogy 
  • Hammer Studios – all their monster films
    • Namely Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula, and Curse of the Werewolf
  • The Mist
  • Tremors
  • Pan’s Labyrinth 
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • King Kong (original)
  • Godzilla (original) – the King of the Monsters!

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