27 Japanese horror films, which will not allow to fall asleep at night
Japanese horror movies have a great influence on the horror produced around the world – just look on the American remakes. Anyone who likes a little bit horror, a well-known films "the ring" (1998) and "the Curse" (2002) – the pillars of the Japanese world of horrors. For this reason (and because these films is literally every horror list) you will not see them in the selection below.
Perhaps you will agree that Japanese horror Western surpass its nuances, unique approaches and effects of surprise. They are more psychological, twisted, creepy, and not always easy. Like the South Korean horror movies, Japanese movies expertly keep you under a lot of pressure, forcing hardly not to fall from their own couch.
In addition, the Japanese horror movie reflects the rich culture of the country in the films often featured Ura (the ghosts of dead people), the youkai (demons), they (vengeful demons) and one of the important aspects of Japanese culture – the theme of family.
However, not all Japanese films tied to the ghosts. Fans of bloody spectacle sure to find something on own taste. Armed with popcorn and a few friends, choose a movie from selections below and start watching!
Yes, vengeful ghosts from "the ring" and "Curse" is literally considered a cult classic. And if you ever wondered which one is more powerful – this is the film that will answer your question.
The story is this: after watching a strange video of two girls hanging curse. They are trying to save their lives, set of two deadly demons each other.
Consider this film took the best features of two classic horror antagonists and forced them to face each other in a tough division, could not be better conveying the fear and tension through the screen. It's creepy, sometimes funny film that is definitely worth a look!
This is a classic that will forever remain underappreciated, but might become one of your favorite movies. Esimi – divorced single mother who lives with five-year-old daughter in an apartment building. Their relentlessly pursues dark water dripping from the ceiling, black hair in the water and of course the spooky Ghost girl.
It's a scary movie that simultaneously tells the story of the relationship between mother and daughter. Fun fact: the movie is based on the novel by koji Suzuki, author of "the Call", and it was directed by Hideo Nakata, who directed the cult horror film. By the way, you can find and the American remake, but, in our opinion, in the oppressive atmosphere, it is largely inferior to the original.
In this unconventional, quirky and feminist horror film is one of the most absurd opening scenes you can imagine in the movies: school girl Mitsuko rides the bus with his classmates. Nothing portends trouble, but suddenly an invisible force cuts the bus in half, leaving the main character is the only survivor.
After that, together with Mitsuko we plunged into bloody chaos, as a girl fighting for her life, appearing in more severe conditions. This is a shocking, creative and strange story that also addresses the issue of objectification of women. You will not regret that gave an hour and a half of his time in this film.
Based on the eponymous manga, Specified ito, the concept of the movie is as eccentric as it is creepy. We are talking about a cursed town, the residents who pursue evil spiral, reducing the townspeople crazy (and sometimes predispose to suicide). Spiral apply: it twists the body and hair. And our protagonists race to break the curse.
Strengths – the horror of whose body is "running" goose bumps, the lack of a standard background (no not the vengeful Ghost is behind what is happening), feeling of hopelessness and nightmarish surreal images (man crawls into the washing machine, people turn into snails and the like... Even the sky absorb spiral of clouds). This is clearly not the city where you want to live.
In this film, as in "Chasing death", also has one of the most disturbing of the initial scenes in horror movies: holding hands 54 Schoolgirls commit mass suicide by throwing themselves under a train. An explosion of blood on unsuspecting passengers will long remain in your memory.
The country covers a wave of seemingly unrelated to each other, suicide, and the police finds a web site that displays the death before they happen in real life.
The concept of the movie is innovative and includes social criticism, given the high suicide rate in Japan, as well as comments about how passion pop culture can influence fans. This sinister and mysterious movie that was directed already known to us "the Catch-up with death," by Sion sono.
"Corpse party" is based on the eponymous series of horror films. The film is set in the school is haunted. On the last day of the school festival students trapped in the school building, where previously there was a murder.
The film is incredibly dark and incredibly bloody. It has it all: blood, blood, secrets and the ghosts that still need the fans of horror movies?
Best Japanese horror films based on Japanese urban legends – after all, they are incredibly addictive. The film tells the story of the Ghost, which was mutilated by a jealous lover. Soon, the city begin to disappear children. And two teachers conceive their own investigation of these mysterious rumors in the hope of finding the missing.
The film is very dark and hard (keep in mind, there are scenes of ill-treatment of children). This is an interesting Ghost story, which will brighten up your night.
What if you could send people to hell? "Hell girl", based on the popular manga and anime series, focusing the audience on a strange supernatural website, to which you can access vindictive people, provided that their anger is strong enough.
Unusual web-based platform that allows them to seek revenge on their tormentors, sending them straight to hell. But it is necessary to pay a high price: at the end of his life, the customer will go to hell. Implements special vengeance "hell girl", a mysterious entity that enters into a contract with the customer.
The film was made by koji Shiraishi, who occupied the Director's chair on the set of the first film in our collection –"Damn. Confrontation." The film will impress you for sure, and the phrase that girl every time he says someone is going to send to hell, will long remain in your head.
In Japan know how to turn technology into something, after which you'll never want to use them again. Now we have everything: phone, TV and Internet! In this cult classic hostile spirits go into the physical world through the virtual network and the people they encounter, depressed, ultimately committing suicide or becoming ugly black spots. People in Tokyo begin to disappear at breakneck speed.
By the way, don't confuse the film with an American remake of 2006. Oppressive and creepy atmosphere of "Pulse" will make you tremble with fear and tension. The film is based on the sense of isolation in an era where each of us is intimately connected with each other, which makes it more intimidating. Just imagine: the ghosts haunt us over the Internet! Perhaps, after watching, you'll want a little break from the laptop and smartphone.
If life seems boring, view the movie. Once in the classroom begin to happen strange things. Soon classmates are trapped in the scary game where their opponents are bloodthirsty gods. And in case of failure or loss of the guys waiting for certain death.
Students do not have a clue who is behind the brutal game. And it would be much easier if only they knew the rules...
In an era when the Japanese world of the horrors of vengeance prevailed ghosts, "test" showed that people are much worse mystical creatures. The man who 7 years ago lost his wife, holds an audition to find a new friend, and falls in love with a charming woman named Asami.
In her behavior there are no weird... except for the mystery bag in her apartment, sometimes moving, and her friends, who does not exist.
This film is well known for its long and graphic terrifying climax. At first, you feel that you are watching a romantic drama, but then you'll see how it gradually turns into the worst film you have ever seen.
Meet the film from the Creator of "the Curse" by Takashi Shimizu. The action takes place in a real place in Japan – the tunnel Anunaki in the Prefecture of Fukuoka island Kusu. This is one of the most visited regions of the country due to the murder that took place there many years ago.
In 1988, a group of teenagers were subjected to severe torture and was set on fire in the tunnel other teenagers, who were arrested and convicted. And if the tunnel is real, then the existence of the village is still disputed. They say that it is the end of the tunnel, but there is one "but": today, the tunnel is closed by mysterious circumstances.
This film tells about a young psychologist who is sent to a horrible place and tries to uncover its secrets.
After seeing this film, you will see that the gangsters, the ancient forest and vengeful zombie surprisingly well.
A pair of escaped prisoners and a gang of gangsters to face an evil spirit and zombies in the Forest of Resurrection. It is sometimes strange, bloody film with staged fights, which include shooting and fight with swords. A great option to relax a bit from the ghosts.
Heavy action and Thriller, this dystopian horror film is actually considered to be one of the best films not only among the horror. This is an excellent story of love and friendship, which has become a global cultural phenomenon.
Now the "Royal battle" will always be associated with situations where a group of people is instructed to kill each other until there is one survivor. According to the story, the government issued a law on the control of the young population of the country, and a team of 43 high school students are forced to participate in the competition to death.
You would think that a film like "the Hunger games", but this is not true. The fact that classmates are not trained. They are ordinary untrained people who are forced to kill in order to survive. The film will make you involuntarily wonder: what would you do?
This complicated movie – the original contribution of Japan in the documentary genre of horror films. A well-known researcher of paranormal phenomena of Masafumi Kobayashi goes missing, removing his latest documentary about the mysterious curse.
The frames of the videotape is gradually heating up, until the author gets caught up in a terrible secret village rituals, sacrifices and deaths, that lead to a decent climax. There's no doubt that the atmosphere of the film will give you real fear.
By the way, the film was made by koji Shiraishi, who gave the world "a Hell of a virgin," "the Woman with the cut mouth" and "Damn. Confrontation."
Pale girl Ghost with long black hair is the main person of Japanese horror films. So why not make it a Central element of the film? That's what makes this film a satirical, original, and spooky. You immerse yourself in the atmosphere of madness, where the killer are the hair!
When they discover the body of a dead woman, the observer of the morgue, spooky Trihotel, steals her body and soon notices that of the female body continues to grow black hair. Enterprising character begins to sell them for building. Naturally, the owners of such hair envy...
The film itself is a strange and visual effects terribly absurd. Be prepared for the fact that the screen flickering cats, skeletons, and other not the usual stuff. And all this action takes place under the wild music.
Strange characters and a sea of blood – all this gives the film a certain charm. When the girl and her friends arrive at the country house of her aunt, they discover that the woman turned vengeful Ghost.
The film cleverly incorporates the national character and the characters. A little mystery and drama – he will surely capture your attention.
Another film based on one of the terrifying legends of Japan. In the story, sixty years ago, American soldiers raped the girl, and she threw herself under a train. Of course, it has not disappeared, and turned into a Ghost, who wanders the streets at night and attacking passers-by.
Movies based on the popular horror manga and anime. When a highly intelligent alien parasites invade the Land they dwell in the bodies of humans and devour their brains.
Most of all lucky high school student Shinichi Izumi – parasite could not reach his gray matter and settled in his right hand guy. The student had to make friends with the intruder: keeping the two individuals, he tries to coexist with the parasite.
The film calls into question who is the real monster. The mysterious parasites, like any other organism, just trying to survive.
This classic Ghost story takes viewers to the 14th century in the marshes of war-torn Japan, where two impoverished women, a mother and her widowed daughter-in-law, forced to resort to dire methods to survive. They kill the dead soldiers, and sell them things greedy merchants.
It's a lonely world, whose air you can smell the desperation. So when the neighbor is back from the war and twists the novel a daughter of the heroine, jealousy and rage force the mother to do everything to separate the lovers. Of course, the film is not without its demons.
Tokyo ghouls live in the human world disguised in society and they feed on human flesh. Once a College student in Tokyo by Ken Kaneki attacked by a supernatural creature, and the guy had the surgery.
But the fact that he was the recipient on the monster, and now Ken is a half human, half ghoul. It breaks, balancing the monster world and the human world.
Good acting, outstanding plot and colorful special effects, this movie is worth your attention.
The Director of the movie was made by Takashi Miike, who directed the film "screen test", so you can be sure – you will find an impressive sight.
The main message of the movie is "life imitates art". The more actors are preparing to participate in the formulation, based on folk stories about the Ghost, the greater their obsession with the role of the drama and jealousy blur the line between fiction and reality. Psychological Thriller will make you question where fantasy and real life.
The film is based on the mystical horror novel, accompanied by an amazing anime. The sinister atmosphere of the novel is perfectly reflected in the anime and the movie. The atmosphere is filled with fear, you involuntarily start to think you are somebody's watching. Of course, the film was not without violent deaths.
In spring 1998, 15-year-old Kichi moved from Tokyo to a small town and goes to high school. There he sees the girl, and soon begins to exert her attentions. But does not even suspect that all of his classmates and teachers act like a stranger don't exist.
In a time when Japanese horror was mainly devoted to ghosts, Hell, focused on the shocking images of the characters that were in this hell. In the 60s it was a real departure from the norm.
When a student is a theologian accidentally kills a member of the Yakuza, he goes to a Buddhist hell, where the damned suffer people.
Watching this horror movie, you will meet traditional Oriental mythology, in which hell is very different from the Christian one. The film special is alarming, and if you've seen other Japanese horror 60 years, you will immediately notice the difference.
At this time, the mobile phone is the center of horror. In the story, a phone call from the future inform the recipient of his death, and a few days later, the character dies. Since the curse touched the friends of the main character, Yumi, she tries to stop him, after he received the message about his death.
The movie has and the American remake. The horror that fills this film, a reminder of what Japan best: the root of all evil – in a terrible, vengeful ghosts.
As the only anthology in this collection, the film is a collection of four Ghost stories based on Japanese folk tales of Lafcadio Hearn – "Black hair", "snow woman", "the Legend of the earless Haiti", "Cup of tea".
The film is famous for its stunning camera work, breathtaking scenes and a wonderful use of colors that make the film a similar pattern. The film was highly appreciated in the West: it received a special jury prize at the Cannes film festival and a nomination for an Oscar. And the American film critic Roger Ebert called "is just as great." "one of the most beautiful films," which he saw.
This eerie Ghost story, based on the fable of the war period of Hayana in Japan. The story begins with a group of samurai who killed a mother and daughter and burned their house.
But mysteriously girls raised in the images of demons-the cats to revenge. The film, incidentally, was photography by Shindo, who had previously directed the film "Female demon".
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