Are you a horror movie fanatic? While waiting for the release of the upcoming Sadako vs. Kayako movie, entertain yourself with our top 10 Japanese horror movie picks. Or to condition yourself to Japanese horror if you are scared. 😀

These movies are not children friendly, so watch at your own risk. You have been warned. 🙂

1. The Sylvian Experiments (2010)

Human experimentation has always been a hot topic in ethics and and morals debate. This grotesque film, however, is more of scare-fest than warning. Beware though, you may start seeing things you don’t want to after watching this movie. 🙂

2. Battle Royale (2002)

Adapted from the novel of the same name, this became one of the highest grossing blockbuster films in Japan. High school students are forced by the authoritarian Japanese government to fight their classmates – the last one standing gets to live. If you love blood and gore, this movie is for you.

3. Marebito (2004)

From the same director as The Grudge, Marebito explores the idea of fear through the freelance cameraman, Masuoka (played by Tsukamoto Shinya). The unsettling atmosphere builds as Masuoka brings home something suspicious.

4. Helldriver (2010)

The protagonist Kika is thrown into the chaos of a zombie apocalypse on her quest to search for her mother, who is the zombie queen. From the same director as Tokyo Gore Police,  you can expect an equally gory film for Helldriver. You’ve been warned. This splatter film is excessively bloody but weird at the same time. There are some dubious effects which may put you off, if the gore doesn’t.

5. Dark Water (2002)

A divorced mother and her daughter move into a decrepit apartment, facing mysterious water problems that cannot be solved. Hair everywhere, even when you nonchalantly grab a glass of water… You will want to scrub your bath after watching this.

6. As the Gods Will

A 2nd-year high school student named Shun Takahata lives an ordinary teenage life until one day he’s suddenly forced to participate in a series of children’s games such as “Daruma-san ga Koronda” with death as the penalty for losing. With no knowledge of who’s behind the games, he’s left with no other choice but to keep winning as his only means of protecting himself and his childhood friend, Ichika. Meanwhile, a troubled classmate named Takeru seems to actually be relishing the opportunity to get other students killed

7. The Chasing World (2008)

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Bad luck to have the last name Sato (which is one of the top most common surnames) in this world, because you are now in the deadly game of tag, or onigokko. If you evade capture for one week and win, you will get a wish, but if you don’t, it’s sayonara.

Imagine being targeted because of your name. This movie is a different type of horror which will keep you glued to the screen.

8. Lesson of the Evil (2012)

Think twice before you bully someone in school, because your teacher is watching, and you may just get killed… This is another shocker film by the renowned director Miike Takashi, known for expressing extreme violence in films.

9. Kuchisake Onna (2007)

Also titled Carved, you don’t need to know Japanese to be scared. This Japanese urban legend about a disfigured woman will stop you from going home too late alone. Don’t let her approach you, because you will die a violent death no matter what your answer is. RUN!

10. The Incite Mill (2010)

Ten people are chosen for this psychological experiment which pays a huge sum of 112,000 yen per hour. Of course, things are not that easy. This movie will make you question your morality – how far will you go to get money?

If these aren’t enough, you can always re-watch The Ring and The Grudge. Alternatively, you can check these out too!

Word of advice: don’t turn around…




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