Japanese

One Cut of the Dead – Japan, 2017

One Cut of the Dead – aka Kamera o tomeru na! – is a 2017 Japanese comedy horror feature film written and directed by Shuichiro Ueda [Shin’ichirô Ueda]. The movie stars Yuzuki Akiyama, Takuya Fujimura, Ayana Gôda, Takayuki Hamatsu, Manabu Hosoi, Hiroshi Ichihara, Satoshi Iwagô, Sakina Iwaji and Mao…. Read More ›

The Manster – USA, 1959

‘See the two-headed killer creature!’ The Manster is a 1959 American horror feature film produced by George P. Breakston and directed by Breakston and Kenneth G. Crane (The Monster from Green Hell) from a screenplay by Walter J. Sheldon, based on Breakston’s story. It stars… Read More ›

House aka Hausu – Japan, 1977

House – original title: ハウス Hausu – is a 1977 Japanese horror film directed and produced by Nobuhiko Obayashi. The film stars mostly amateur actors with only Kimiko Ikegami and Yōko Minamida having any notable previous acting experience. A schoolgirl traveling with her six classmates to her ailing aunt’s country home comes face… Read More ›

Evil of Dracula – Japan, 1974

Evil of Dracula – original title: Chi o suu bara “Bloodsucking Rose” – is a 1974 Japanese supernatural horror film directed by Michio Yamamoto (Lake of Dracula; The Vampire Doll) from a screenplay by Ei Ogawa and Masaru Takesue, based very loosely on Bram… Read More ›

Aokigahara – forest in Japan

Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), also known as the Sea of Trees (樹海 Jukai), is a forest on the northwestern flank of Japan’s Mount Fuji thriving on 30 square kilometres of hardened lava laid down by the last major eruption of the volcano in 864 CE. The western edge of Aokigahara, where there… Read More ›

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters – Japan, 2017

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters – Godzilla -怪獣惑星– Gojira: Kaijū Wakusei – is a 2017 Japanese CGI anime kaiju film produced by Toho Animation and animated by Polygon Pictures. The film is co-directed by Kōbun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita, from a screenplay by Gen Urobuchi. The first in a planned trilogy, Godzilla: Planet of the… Read More ›

Vampire Clay – Japan, 2017

Vampire Clay – original title: Chi o sû nendo – is a 2017 Japanese horror film written and directed by Sôichi Umezawa. It stars Ena Fujita, Asuka Kurosawa and Yuyu Makihara. A plasticine demon devours the denizens of a rural art school… Reviews: “Effects… Read More ›

Meatball Machine Kodoku – Japan, 2017

‘Tokyo is on fire’ Meatball Machine Kodoku – original title: Kodoku: Mîtobôru mashin – is a 2017 Japanese science fiction comedy horror film directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura (Helldriver; Tokyo Gore Police; Zombie TV) from a screenplay co-written by Sakichi Satô (A Chain of Cursed Murders;… Read More ›

Haruo Nakajima – actor

Haruo Nakajima (中島 春雄 Nakajima Haruo) (January 1, 1929 – August 7, 2017) was a Japanese actor, best known for portraying Godzilla in twelve consecutive films, from Godzilla (1954) to Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972). Nakajima was born in Yamagata, Japan. He was considered by many to be the best suit actor in the long history… Read More ›

Tokyo Ghoul – Japan, 2017

Tokyo Ghoul is a 2017 Japanese supernatural horror film directed by Kentarō Hagiwara, based on the manga series Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida. It stars Masataka Kubota and Fumika Shimizu. In an alternate reality, ghouls are individuals who can only survive by eating… Read More ›

Kuroneko – Japan, 1968

Kuroneko – 藪の中の黒猫 Yabu no Naka no Kuroneko – is a 1968 Japanese horror film directed by Kaneto Shindo. The English title translates as “Black Cat”. (The Japanese title translates as “Black cat in a [bamboo] grove”.) A mother, Yone (Nobuko Otowa) and daughter-in-law Shige… Read More ›

Matango – Japan, 1963

Matango (マタンゴ) – also known as Matango, Fungus of Terror and Attack of the Mushroom People – is a 1963 Japanese tokusatsu movie. It was directed by Ishirō Honda (The Human Vapour; The H-Man; Godzilla) from a screenplay by Takeshi Kimura, based on the story “The Voice in the Night” by William Hope… Read More ›

Gehenna: Where Death Lives – Japan/USA, 2016

‘The most shocking conclusion awaits you…’ Gehenna: Where Death Lives is a 2016 Japanese-American supernatural horror film directed by former special effects creator Hiroshi Katagiri from a screenplay co-written with Nathan Long and Brad Palmer; its stars Lance Henriksen, Patrick Gorman, Simon Phillips, and Katherine Wallace…. Read More ›

Organ – Japan, 1996

Organ (オルガン) is a 1996 Japanese horror feature film written, directed and produced by Kei Fujiwara (Id). She also stars in it as one of two organ thieves who remove organs from their captives while they are still alive. Two… Read More ›

Creepy – Japan, 2016

Creepy – original title: クリーピー “Creepy: Fake Neighbour” – is a 2016 Japanese psychological thriller directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Sweet Home; Pulse; Cure) from a screenplay co-written with Chihiro Ikeda, based on the 2012 novel of the same title by Yutaka Maekawa. Plot: Criminal psychologist Takakura… Read More ›

Yakuza Apocalypse – Japan, 2015

Yakuza Apocalypse – 極道大戦争 (Gokudō Daisensō) – is a 2015 Japanese action yakuza vampire film directed by Takashi Miike (Gozu; Audition; Ichi the Killer) from a screenplay by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi (Arcana; Samurai Cat). The film was released on June 20, 2015. Main cast: Hayato Ichihara, Yayan… Read More ›

Sadako vs. Kayako – Japan, 2016

Sadako vs. Kayako –貞子 vs. 伽椰子 – is a 2016 Japanese supernatural horror film directed by Kôji Shiraishi (Noroi: The Curse; Grotesque; Occult; Foe and sequel). Twenty-four year-old actress Mizuki Yamamoto (Screaming Class) stars. Kadokawa and NBC Universal Japan partnered to make the film which features the… Read More ›

Gamera – Japan, 2015

Gamera (ガメラ) is a 2015 Japanese kaiju monster film directed by Katsuhito Ishii and produced by Kadokawa Pictures. It will apparently be a reboot to the Gamera series as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the franchise. As reported on Wikizilla, on October 8,… Read More ›

Ghost Theatre – Japan, 2015

Ghost Theatre – aka Ghost Theater and original title: Gekijô rei – is a 2015 Japanese supernatural horror film directed by Hideo Nakata (Ring; Ring 2; Dark Water; Kaidan) from a screenplay by Jun’ya Katô (Meatball Machine; The Complex) and Ryûta Miyake (Ju-on: White Ghost;… Read More ›

Corpse Party – Japan, 2015

Corpse Party (original title: コープスパーティー) is a 2015 Japanese horror feature film directed by Masafumi Yamada (Hitori Kakurenbo Gekijōban, Hontō ni Atta Kowai Hanashi) and starring Rina Ikoma, Ryōsuke Ikeoka and Nozomi Maeda. The film is based on the highly-successful Corpse Party video game series…. Read More ›

Gozu – Japan, 2003

Gozu – 極道恐怖大劇場 牛頭 GOZU Gokudō kyōfu dai-gekijō: Gozu, literally: “Yakuza Horror Theatre: Cow’s Head” – is a Japanese cult film directed by Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer) and written by Sakichi Sato. It stars Hideki Sone and Show Aikawa. When senior yakuza Ozaki (Sho Aikawa) starts… Read More ›