Are you looking for Japanese horror movies that will give you literal nightmares every night? Or just absurd blood and gore? Well, you came to the right place! In here, there is an entry on this list for just about every horror fan's likes. Prepare to get scared!
Japanese horror movies are popular for their unique treatment of the horror genre. These movies tend to focus on the aspects of suspense and psychological horror. They also center on paranormal activity from ghosts to poltergeists. Moreover, the themes often feature exorcism, possession, and shamanism. It also uses silence to build suspense and tension to give a constant sense of dread. In fact, silence can convey more meaning and terror than any words of scream. Although silence isn't widely used in the Western film industry. Furthermore, western horror movies often focus on the shock factor, gore, and blood to frighten. Meanwhile, in Japanese horror, it is mostly about what you don't see on screen causing the fear. Indeed, Japanese horror is beautifully crafted and produced despite its difference from the usual western horror movies.
In the early 2000s, the J-horror trend emerged with the remake of several Japanese horror films. The first one was Ring released in 1998 got an American remake as The Ring (2002), and later on its sequel The Ring Two (2005). Other remakes include The Grudge, Dark Water, and Pulse. Surprisingly, most of the original directors who created these Japanese horror movies have directed the American remakes. However, these American remakes of Japanese horror have received negative reviews. In spite of this, the J-horror genre grew too fast in the West. Unfortunately, its American audience lost their taste of these repetitive Japanese ghost stories. By 2007, J-horror was no longer a thing in the West. On the other hand, Japanese audiences are still passionate about supporting Japanese horror.
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