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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 […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

5 Japanese Urban Legends that Should Be Made Into Horror Films

Japanese horror films are some of the scariest films ever made. Mostly rooted in legends and ancient tales, they present centuries old tested stories that have scared for generations. Still there are few stories from Japan that could be easily made into some very frightening films. Here are just five Japanese urban legends, both old and […]

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 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 

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 Scary Fun 

The Bizarre and Frightening Films of Junji Ito

The 2000s J-Horror period of American cinema, while often disregarded, is still one of importance to the genre. In the 2000s, several Japanese horror properties were successfully adapted and remade for American audiences, such as THE RING, THE GRUDGE, and PULSE, among others. Looking back, I’m still rather surprised that the works of dental technician […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

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 […]