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The Banned MASTERS OF HORROR Episode: Looking Back at Takashi Miike’s IMPRINT

In 2006, I was working at Fangoria Magazine, and each week the staff waited with excited glee for new episodes of MASTERS OF HORROR. This anthology show, conceived by director Mick Garris, allowed legendary horror filmmakers to craft their own one hour stand-alone stories. Some of the episodes were amazing and some not so much, […]

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Animation Aberration: The 10 Goriest Japanese Anime

Beautifully rendered and vividly colored, there’s just something about seeing violence in an animated form that can make it even more effective. So, it’s no wonder the horror genre translates so well into anime. And there have been a number of series that have pushed the limits of just how much death, destruction, and gore […]

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Five Fantastic & Frightening Horror-Themed Anime Shows on Hulu

If there is a problem with Japanese animation – popularly known as “anime” – it’s that there’s too danged much of it. Over the last 20 years in particular, the medium has exploded in popularity in here the west, and it’s been nearly impossible to keep track of it all… particularly if you have anything […]


The Art Of Japanese JAWSpoiltation

Steven Spielberg’s JAWS is not only a classic that spawned countless rip-offs, but it also has one of the most iconic movie poster designs of all time. The visual of a peaceful female swimmer just moments away from being devoured by a giant shark has been burned into audience’s heads for years. The recent trend of […]

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6 More Surreal & Disturbing Japanese Horror Movies

Last week, we explored 5 disconcerting, demented Japanese films that are sure to bend your horror-loving brain. Check out last week’s list here. This week is back with another list of insane horror flicks from Japan. Some of these get very intense, so approach with a stable, open, and versatile psyche. HORRORS OF MALFORMED […]

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5 Absolutely Bizarre and Mind-blowing Japanese Horror Films

Whenever I find myself wanting an experience beyond the standard horror themes that we see stateside, I love turning to overseas genre flicks to reinvigorate my passion and show me something wild I’ve never seen in horror before. Often I find some of my fave unusual and groundbreaking horror highlights hailing from Japan. Yes, of course […]


One Twisted Japanese Movie: A Look Back at UZUMAKI aka SPIRAL

In 2000, Ukrainian-born Japanese director Andrey Higuchinsky created what was quite possibly one of the strangest horror films of its time. UZUMAKI (or SPIRAL) is the story of  Kirie, a high school student whose boyfriend’s father has become obsessed with spirals. His fixation leads him to place himself in a washing machine in order to […]

You Will Die in Seven Days: The History of the THE RING and RINGU Franchises

It wasn’t until I began researching THE RING franchise that I realized how intricate its history is. I always knew that Gore Verbinski’s 2002 film was an American remake of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 film, and that, in turn, was based on a series of novels. But before Japan’s RINGU, there was both a TV movie and […]


ONIBABA: The Best Horror Film of the 1960s

To coin an axiom: Good horror films are scary. Great horror films are about fear. I have, like many of you, seen myriad horror films in my life. Also like you, I take a profound pleasure in the cinematic exploration of fear and death that the genre provides. I admit, however, that many of my […]