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13 Classic Japanese Horror Movies for Your Shrieking Pleasure
Oct 18 2021 • 9:00 AM

One of the most beloved and influential sub-genres of modern horror is J-horror, or Japanese horror. Films like 1998’s Ringu and 2004’s The Grudge have been remade by American studios. Japanese horror tends to focus less on slasher-style gore. Instead it builds psychological tension, allowing the terror to live mostly in the imaginations of the viewers. J-horror finds its roots in Japanese folklore known as Yōkai, with many of the early films in the genre finding inspiration in classic kaidan, or ghost stories.

Now that we’re up to speed on its spooky origins, let’s take a trip through some of the standouts of classic Japanese horror cinema. .............


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Death is Good: The Horror Films of Val Lewton -

".........There was a great variety to the horror films Lewton produced with his stable of directors (which also included Robert Wise and Mark Robson, director of "The Ghost Ship").

The three films Lewton made with Boris Karloff—which rejuvenated the actor who at the time had become frustrated with the parts he was being offered—include two Victorian-set Gothic thrillers, “Bedlam” and “The Body Snatcher,” which take the social issues inherent to their stories seriously, and “Isle of the Dead,” (a Scorsese favorite) an unsettling film steeped in post-war guilt. ............


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