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Films TV 

Willem Dafoe Oozes Evil in New Trailer for Netflix’s DEATH NOTE!

If you’re itching for more creepy footage from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba’s classic manga DEATH NOTE, today’s definitely your lucky day… because a new trailer has just dropped featuring Willem Dafoe in the chilling role of Ryuk, the embodiment of a shinigami — literally a god of Death in human form. Directed […]

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 […]

Films Real Life Scares 

The DEATH NOTE Franchise Inspired Frightening Real Events

Anime and manga have come a long way since series like DRAGON BALL Z and SAILOR MOON broke ground for international audiences, especially in the United States. One of the more popular series of the 2000s was the DEATH NOTE franchise. The series revolved around the titular notebook, dropped into our world by a Shinigami […]

Films TV 

Five Classic Horror-Edged Episodes of the Anime Series CASE CLOSED

Playing out like some kind of odd fusion of Scooby-Doo, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes (with the occasional detour into slasher and giallo territory), the Japanese anime CASE CLOSED is an incredibly addictive show that more US-based horror fans should take the time to dig into. With 25 seasons under its belt, the continuing series […]

Films TV 

Animation Aberration, Part 2: Ten More of Japan’s Goriest Anime

Japanese anime has proven to be a very flexible medium — especially when it comes to animated violence and gore. That may explain why the horror genre has found a nice little niche within the anime domain, as opposed to western animation. I previously covered ten bloody and disturbing horror anime [here’s that list, if […]

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 […]

Films 

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 […]