Asian Horror Movies

When Hideo Nakata's Ringu managed to impress itself upon the Western world in 1998 there was a massive surge in the popularity of Asian horror. Predominantly from Japan (J-Horror), Korea (K-Horror) and Hong Kong although many quality horror movies began to emerge from places such as Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Asian horror movies are heavily influenced by the folklore, religion and traditions of the society from which they emerge. Popular J-Horror tends to focus on psychological terror and the supernatural, K-Horror follows the same patterns but tends to be darker and more atmospheric than its Japanese counterpart.

Asian horror has revived the horror genre and Hollywood has noticed this resulting in a slew of remakes more accessible to a wider audience (most of which miss the point of the original). Remakes aside, it is apparent that the style of horror movies have been influenced by Asia with a number of scare tactics from Asian horror becoming commonplace in numerous Western horrors; contorted demons crawling towards their victims, apparitions with long black hair and the subtler "corner of the eye" scares.

Outside of the mainstream ghosts and haunting movies there is a very diverse, very creative and sometimes very disturbing array on Asian cinema. From the controversially sadistic Guinea Pig franchise through the bizarre creations of Takashi Miike to the over the top splatter in the likes of Tokyo Gore Police and Machine Girl - there is something within this sub-genre to satisfy all horror needs.

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Strange Circus (Kimyô na sâkasu)

Reality is the mystery.
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Hellbound Heart

Strange Circus (Kimyô na sâkasu) - Reality is the mystery.

What's in a story? How close can fiction and non-fiction drift together before transforming into one another, and – most of all – why do we tell stories? These are all questions given the irrepressibly deranged, yet painterly treatment by maestro Sion Sono in Strange Circus, a film which crosses multiple boundaries in its consideration of such weig... Click to read more "Strange Circus (Kimyô na sâkasu)"

Tomie: Unlimited (Tomie: Anrimiteddo)

Exist everywhere, extend everywhere.
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Pazuzu Iscariot

Tomie: Unlimited (Tomie: Anrimiteddo) - Exist everywhere, extend everywhere.

Those familiar with the works of Noboru Iguchi (horror films such as The Machine Girl and Mutant Girls Squad rather than his previous enema and scatology works) won’t be in for any surprises with Tomie: Unlimited. An emotionally confusing story touching on a number of sensitive subjects in a non-sensitive manner with a hidden depth poking satirical... Click to read more "Tomie: Unlimited (Tomie: Anrimiteddo)"

Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka)

He is the hunter and the hunted.
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Pazuzu Iscariot

Deadly Outlaw: Rekka - He is the hunter and the hunted

It is difficult to say anything about a Takashi Miike film without resorting to comparisons with his more famous and outlandish works such as Ichi the Killer, Gozu and Visitor Q. Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka) seems a quite subdued offering when compared to the lunacy he is more renowned for. Despite this, in comparis... Click to read more "Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka)"

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Guinea Pig (Za Ginipiggu)

The Guinea Pig Series - Extreme Japanese Horror
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Pazuzu Iscariot

The Guinea Pig Series

The Guinea Pig movies have created their fair share of controversy for a series of short movies including allegedly inspiring serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki to re-enact a scene, allegedly convincing Charlie Sheen that he was viewing a genuine snuff film and numerous genuine federal investigations against claims of authenticity in the crimes portray... Click to read more "Guinea Pig (Za Ginipiggu)"