The 13th Floor

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Living With a Demon Dog? This Japanese Shrine Offers Canine Exorcisms

We’ve all had pets that act like they’re under the influence of diabolical forces; hell, sometimes they even seem like tiny demons themselves. But until now, there wasn’t a whole lot we puny humans could do about it. That all changed recently, when the Japanese pet spa D+ Kirishima added “Dog Exorcism Plans” to their […]

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There was an Actual WWII Plan to Bomb Japan with Bats

The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, shattered American security and brought us into World War II. This first major attack on American soil meant that everyday citizens were coming up with warfare attack ideas, and they were actually being taken seriously. On January 12, 1942, dental surgeon Dr. Lytle S. Adams had […]

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Does This Japanese Kleenex Commercial Contain a Deadly Curse?

The following 30-second spot for Kleenex tissues, which apparently aired on Japanese television in the mid-1980s, doesn’t appear to depict anything more than an oddball scene of a woman dressed in white playing with an annoyed red-painted baby while a sugary tune plays in the background. But some people are convinced this commercial is haunted […]

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Behold the Awesomely Creepy Horror Manga Cosplay of Mamakiteru

You may be thinking, “cosplay is so 2012″… but think again: now, the coolest thing ever is horror manga cosplay. Twitter user Mamakiteru has a unique cosplay specialty: she recreates individual panels from Japan’s beloved horror manga comics, with impressive results. Her favorite subject seems to be the works of Junji Ito — whose most […]

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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 Blumhouse.com 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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Taxi Drivers Report Picking Up Ghosts of Japan’s 2011 Tsunami Victims

Several taxicab drivers throughout the coastal town of Ishinomaki in northeast Japan are reporting something terrifying. According to news agency Asahi Shimbun, at least seven different cabbies have told almost exactly the same story: after picking up certain passengers in Ishinomaki, the drivers claim that these clients responded very strangely when asked for their destination… […]

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CREEPYPASTA: “Kagome Kagome” — A Children’s Game With a Horrifying History

This week’s creepypasta takes its title from an old playground game enjoyed by Japanese children… but much like “Ring Around the Rosy,” which originated with Europe’s bubonic plague, its innocence is now tainted by a grotesque tale of war, sadism and unimaginable horror. The word “Kagome” can be roughly translated as “circle,” but also can […]

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Monster Squid Shocks Seaside Spectators in Japan

Recently, multiple witnesses at Toyama Bay in Central Japan were stunned by the sudden arrival of a real-life sea monster: a colossal red-and-white squid that normally inhabits much deeper waters. According to CNN, the colorful creature — of the species Architeuthis — was spotted by several people from a pier overlooking the bay last month, and […]

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‘Ghost Ships’ Carrying Human Remains Are Drifting Into Japan

In one of the most chilling, unexplained stories to hit the news lately, several unmanned wooden fishing boats have been appearing off the northwestern coast of Japan, several of which contain decayed human bodies. According to Associated Press reporter Mari Yamaguchi, Japanese authorities are investigating the arrival of nearly a dozen such boats in the […]

Films 

Are These Five Horror Subgenres Clinically DEAD?

The recent release of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION has instigated numerous online think-pieces and casual genre-related conversations about the current cultural presence of the “found-footage” subgenre of horror films. Some people have said that the genre is still going strong, and will continue for the foreseeable future. Others have said that found-footage is already […]

Films 

13 Kickass Japanese LaserDisc Covers

There may be some of you out there who have never heard of a LaserDisc. You make us feel old, but you were also kind of missing out. Naturally technology has evolved beyond these giant optical discs, which were about the size of a vinyl record, but there was a time when LaserDiscs represented the […]

Films 

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 […]

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Haunted Doll of Hakkaido: Its Hair Keeps Growing!

In 1918, a young man bought a doll for his baby sister, Okiku. Clothed in a kimono with a traditional black bob, Okiku loved her doll so much she named it after herself and the two were inseparable. Unfortunately, Okiku became ill and died at age three. When the family moved in 1938, they were […]