ByAkari Kekse, writer at
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Akari Kekse

Hello, horror movie fanatics. Today, I want to introduce you to the fascinating (and dreadful) world of Japanese horror movies. If you are looking for terrific and original films or are eager to experience an unique culture of fear, look no more.

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I will avoid mentioning famous movies like Ringu or Ju-On. Instead, I will present to you some more obscure films that you may not heard about but deserve your time. I know that seven may not be enough, so maybe in the future I will create another list. If you have suggestions, please let me know in the comment section. I promise that I will try to check them. And thanks to Annastasiya for her incredible recommendations.

9: Okaruto

A documentary crew is working in its new project. They are investigating a grueling series of murders that were committed by a madman whose body was never recovered. They are interviewing the family of the ones that he killed and also the only survivor. This lonely and awkward person assures them that strange "miracles" are happening all around him, so they give him a camera to film these strange events. What's the truth behind the weird things that are happening to this strange man?

From the creator of Noroi, Okaruto is also filmed as a documentary. It has an interesting history that deals with ancient evil forces that try to corrupt the heart of innocent humans in order to commit heinous crimes. I have to say that its ending is one of the weirdest in all horror movies history, so this one is highly recoverable if only for that.

8: POV: Norowareta firumu (AKA P.O.V. - A Cursed Film)

After a TV crew receives a mysterious DVD with some creepy ghost recordings, they decide to investigate its mysterious origin. It seems that the DVD is haunted and that the only way to break the curse knowing the truth behind it, so they go to the place where this creepy footage was filmed. Will they find the horrible truth before is too late?

This one is another found-footage film. I have to say that this one is not as good as Noroi or Cult, but it is still a great movie. It has some really creepy scenes with some spooky ghosts that will scare even the bravest of men. Also the ending sequence is really great and perturbing. It seems that this film is deeper that it seems (the ending implies that you have to watch a few times in order to really get it). Watch it you are fan of Found-footage movies or Japanese horror films.

7. 'Teketeke'

'Teketeke' [Credit: Tsuburaya Productions]
'Teketeke' [Credit: Tsuburaya Productions]

Teketeke is based in an old urban Japanese legend. A girl appears at the train station where she died and she cuts in half anybody who has the misfortune of seeing her. Nobody knows where she comes from or her true motives to perform these evil acts; there are multiple theories about it. In the movie, our protagonists will have to find the truth in order to stay alive. A great movie with a magnificent and evil villain that will give you nightmares for years to come.

6. 'X Game'

'X Games' [Credit: Happinet / JollyRoger]
'X Games' [Credit: Happinet / JollyRoger]

X Game is the perfect anti-bully revenge movie. A group of four students awake in a classroom where they have to play a deadly game: the X-Game. They will try to endure several demented tortures while trying to discover what is happening, and the true reasons behind this insane and horrific experience. If you like movies like Saw, you have to look no further for another dreadful experience. Not for the weak of heart.

5. 'Death Tube'

'Death Tube' [Credit: 4 Digital Asia]
'Death Tube' [Credit: 4 Digital Asia]

Death Tube is quite similar to X Game in the sense that both introduce a group of strangers facing the horror of playing mortal games where the loser will always die. In this particular case, all the games are broadcast on a special website where millions of people watch in real time. Of course, most of these watchers think that the events are fake, without knowing that all the deaths and pain are for real. A truly gruesome experience that will keep you guessing for the fate of our protagonists.

4. 'Noroi: The Curse'

'The Curse' [Credit: Xanadeux Company]
'The Curse' [Credit: Xanadeux Company]

Noroi is a rare kind of Japanese film. It enters into the found footage sub-genre so common in American cinema, but so unusual for this distant culture. It is presented as a television documentary, and it recounts the tragedy that Masafumi Kobayashi experienced while investigating a strange and complex case involving an ancient demon, girls with psychic powers, strange deaths and evil curses.

3. 'Rinne'

'Reincarnation' [Credit: Toho]
'Reincarnation' [Credit: Toho]

This is one of my personal favorites. The main subject of this movie is reincarnation. Our actions in the distant past can influence our actual existence, and all of our relationships translate to this life.

Eleven individuals were killed in a hotel several decades ago. The killer, after performing this murderous act, committed suicide. Now, a director is obsessed with bringing this story to celluloid. I will not spoil anything else, but be prepared to a lot of surprises and scary moments.

2. 'Versus'

'Versus' [Credit: Tokyo Shock]
'Versus' [Credit: Tokyo Shock]

Do you enjoy movies like Dead/Alive or Evil Dead? Then you will love Versus. In this film, a group of gangsters has to fight against an horde of demons who want to destroy them. Versus has a great balance between action and horror. It reminded me of the karate films from the '60s. If you are in the mood for having a great time while watching a good horror film, you have to check this one out.

1. 'Marebito'


Masuoka's life has no sense nor purpose anymore. It is bleak and empty. He yearns to feel something, he wants to experience the ultimate fear. This demented search will take him to a terrible city that dwells in the underground. Will he find in here what he is looking for? This movie is based on the nightmarish horrors of the great H.P: Lovecraft and is one of the true Japanese horror classics.

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Which of these films have you seen?

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Have evil dreams!


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