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Films 

Fantasia Film Festival: The Dark, Heartbreaking Comedy LOVE AND OTHER CULTS

This was not the film I expected, and I’m happy about that. LOVE AND OTHER CULTS, from Japanese filmmaker Eiji Uchida, is probably the most unique film to come out of Japan in a long time, and it is quite possibly my favorite film at the Fantasia Film Festival. With themes of discontentment and angst, […]

Films 

The Gory, Perverse Insanity of Yoshihiro Nishimura: 5 Must-See Films

This past weekend at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, we had the honor of seeing Yoshihiro Nishimura’s newest film and the latest inclusion in the MEATBALL MACHINE series, MEATBALL MACHINE KODUKA. Nishimura has become famous worldwide not only for his amazing special effect work but also for his self-styled fast-moving gonzo films, all of which […]

Comic Books Films 

The 10 Most Cringe-Worthy Moments In the UZUMAKI Comic

In a horror film, the director can use a variety of methods to play with the viewer’s mental state. Underlying music can create the feel of a scene as much as the dialog spoken by the characters or the way they move between beats. Then of course you’ve got editing, more general sound design and […]

Comic Books Films 

Exploring The Grotesque Insanity of DISSOLVING CLASSROOM

I first stumbled on author Junji Ito a few years back while I was working at Fangoria. The post- RINGU and JU-ON J-horror craze was in full swing, and I was deeply enjoying all the Asian cinema that was making its way overseas. That’s when I first saw SPIRAL (aka UZUMAKI), a strange and surreal […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

5 Terrifying Japanese Legends that will Give You Nightmares!

I find Japanese folklore and legends to be some of the most fascinating…and frightening. Here are five of the most terrifying Japanese legends. Teke Teke (pictured above) A young school girl on her way home fell on a railroad track. She was cut in half by a train and died. Returning later as a vengeful spirit, […]

Films Scary Fun 

5 Ridiculously Gory Japanese Horror Films [Video]

Looking for some international ooze and splatter? Check out our video below on five incredibly gore-filled Japanese horror flicks.

Films TV 

Techno Terror: Examining the Anime Horror SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN

“People only have substance within the memories of others. That’s why there were all kinds of me’s. There weren’t a lot of me’s. It was just inside all sorts of people, that’s all.”   —Lain Chisa, a uniformed high school student, commits suicide by jumping off a building in the middle of a busy night. […]

Films Scary Fun 

THE RING is Based on Two Horrifying (Supposedly Real) Japanese Legends! [VIDEO]

The newest installment in THE RING franchise, RINGS, is releasing to theaters this weekend on February 3rd. But did you know the terrifying ghost from THE RING series, Samara, is based on two Japanese legends? Check out the video below to learn about the frightening ghost stories that influenced this epic film series.

Films 

Samara Strikes In This RINGS TV Store Prank Video!

There have been RING-inspired prank videos in the past, usually in Japan, and when you watch those, you can see people losing their minds. The lead character of the original RING series, Sadako, has really been embedded into their pop culture that everyone knows (and fears) her. Here in the States, it’s been a really […]

Films 

The Grossest Horror Movie Ever Made?: Exploring MERMAID IN A MANHOLE

I admittedly have a repulsion/fascination with the film MERMAID IN A MANHOLE, possibly one of the grossest movies ever made. I first watched the fetid flick in college via overly dubbed VHS tape. Part of the larger GUINEA PIG film series (known for excessive gore and torture), I had seen several of the series’ other inclusions […]

Films 

Revisiting Japan’s Banned & Highly Controversial HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN

A man wakes up in a mental institution unaware of why he’s there and with no memory of who he is, only strange visions and random memories he can’t place.  When a man from a wealthy family (who happens to look exactly like him) dies, the man assumes his identity.  Posing as a dead man, […]

Films 

SADAKO VS KAYAKO (THE RING VS THE GRUDGE) Debuts On Shudder 1/26! New Trailer!

This is it! Here in America, we’ve been patiently awaiting the showdown between two of Japan’s most iconic horror villains. That’s right, SADAKO VS KAYAKO! And I know you’ve been waiting patiently too because every time we’ve posted about it (here and here), we immediately saw a huge enthusiastic response. The film opened overseas last […]

Films 

Samara Is Back In Final RINGS Trailer! In Theaters Feb. 3rd!

Hot on the heels of the poster reveal a few days back, and after speculating about it on our look back at the trailers from THE RING franchise, Paramount Pictures has dropped one final trailer for the upcoming sequel RINGS, due in theaters February 3rd! Watch it below! Wow. This is much different than the […]