Reviews Tagged with J-Horror

Apartment 1303 (1303 gôshitsu) (2007)

Some rentals are too good to be true.
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Apartment 1303 (1303 goshitsu) - Some rentals are too good to be true

When the made-up term "hair horror" is thrown at movie fanatics, brain scientists maybe estimate that 85% will immediately visualise the stereotypical Asian ghost, the wicked 10% visualise the ungroomed bush popular in 70s exploitation while 5% insist that horror is all around us and we should combat this by smoking pot at music festivals (statisti... Click to read more "Apartment 1303 (1303 gôshitsu)"

Carved - The Slit-Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna) (2007)

Lock up your daughters.
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Carved - Lock up your Daughters

J-Horror movies are not renowned for being sick and disturbing and usually rely on shocks, scares and an abundance of creepiness, Carved - The Slit Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna) breaks this mould and manages to combine supernatural Japanese mythology with relentless depiction of and a flippant attitude towards kidnapping, beating the crap out of, ... Click to read more "Carved - The Slit-Mouthed Woman (Kuchisake-onna)"

Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara) (2002)

Drenched in creepiness.
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Dark Water - Drenched in Creepiness

Even with its PG-13 rating, Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara) still manages to be a very unsettling movie and is one of the original influences (along with Ring) on what has become the current commercially accessible J-Horror formula. Dark Water was one of the first mainstream Japanese horrors to create scares through very subtle means makin... Click to read more "Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara)"

Evil Dead Trap (Shiryô no wana) (1988)

Toshiharu Ikeda's Japanese slasher.
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Evil Dead Trap - Toshiharu Ikeda's Japanese Slasher

Considering Evil Dead Trap (Shiryo no wana) was made in 1988 is still kicks the ass of many of the recent cookie-cut J-Horrors. Rather than being a supernatural tale steeped in folklore and overrun by long haired apparitions (as we have come to expect from Japanese horror), Evil Dead Trap is more reminiscent of non-Asian horrors of the era such as ... Click to read more "Evil Dead Trap (Shiryô no wana)"

Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki (Shiryô no wana 2: Hideki) (1992)

Beware of the "box" cutter.
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Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki - Beware of the "Box" Cutter

Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki (Shiryô no wana 2: Hideki) has very little to do with it predecessor apart from the occasional appearance of the now older Hideki (the ex-conjoined tormentor revealed in the final section of Evil Dead Trap). Izô Hashimoto (scriptwriter of Akira) takes the writing (along with Chiaki Konaka) and directorial reins and provides... Click to read more "Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki (Shiryô no wana 2: Hideki)"

Exte - Hair Extensions (Ekusute) (2007)

"All dirty women have to do something about their filthy hair."
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Exte - Hair Extensions (Ekusute)

A Japanese movie entitled Exte - Hair Extensions (Ekusute) will instantly conjure up uninspiring pictures of standard supernatural hair-ghosts creeping out whiney Asian girls in an attempt to exploit the trend of J-Horror breaking into the Western world. This could not be further from the truth. The hairy (and often wet) ghost is an integral part o... Click to read more "Exte - Hair Extensions (Ekusute)"

Isola (Isola: Tajuu jinkaku shôjo) (2000)

Chihiro suffers from muliple personalities - and one of them is deadly.
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Isola (Isola: Tajuu jinkaku shôjo) - Chihiro suffers from muliple personalities - and one of them is deadly

Although filled with traditional Japanese horror supernaturalness, wild flights of fantasy and schoolgirl beatings, Isola (Isola: Tajuu jinkaku shôjo) is not a traditional J-Horror with long black haired sexy ghosts crawling along ceilings and jump scares via dead people's reflections. The majority of the movie creates an air of mystery through som... Click to read more "Isola (Isola: Tajuu jinkaku shôjo)"

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