5.) Marebito (2005):
Here is a film that gets overlooked because of the directors other successful films. Takashi Shimizu, director of the wildly successful Ju-on Series, creates a very stylish film that is a little puzzling and a little uncomfortable. The film follows Masuoka as he discovers an underground tunnel run by creatures called Deros.
He finds a girl that he brings home to try and rescue but he soon finds himself at wits end trying to accomidate her insatiable appitite for blood. It is a film that will make you think and also disturb you a little. Shot in only 8 days before Ju-On began filming, Marebito is an intriguing psychological horror that doesnt get the recognition it deserves.
4.) Ebola Syndrome (1996):
Straight out of Hong Kong, here is a film that is a little Sweeney Todd mixed with Outbreak. The story revolves around a man who came down with the Ebola virus after raping a girl in South Africa. He returns to Hong Kong and begins to spread the disease in various ways such as unknowingly infecting people, killing them, and then serving them as burger meat in his restaurant.
This one is quite brutal as it is filled with over-the-top sex and violence. Its got all the blood and bodily fluid that anyone looking for a graphically violent film could ask for and even has some pretty good laughs as well. This is definately one for those of you with a twisted mind.
3.) Jigoku (1960):
Foreign horror films that date back almost 5 decades arent high on everybody’s “to do” list. However I think everyone should get their hands on Jigoku and see what was once Japan’s most gruesome and bizarre movie. This film is almost split into two halves because half takes place in real life and half takes place in the afterlife.
The second half in Hell is definately where things begin to get crazy but on the whole the film is an all-around treat. I see some of the gore and it makes me wonder if this can be considered one of the first gore films. Not too many other films were doing what they did with Jigoku back in 1960. I suggest you check this classic out and see for yourself.
2.) Cure (1997):
So this may be the most well known film I am mentioning, but I still think there are enough people who havent heard of it to include it. Cure is Japanese equivalent to the US film Se7en. It is a slow paced crime thriller/drama that follows a string of extremely gory murders. Every murder is commited by someone who doesnt have any recolection of what happened or how they got there, but victim is linked with an X carved in their necks.
Cure is a film that has wonderful cinematography and is a great case study on madness. It’s almost hypnotic as it plays with your mind and keeps you thinking up until the very end. A definite must see if you enjoy a blood filled crime themed horror films.
1.) Noroi (2005):
Somebody send a note to the Blair Witch people because this is what a fake horror documentary should be. A journalist obsessed with the paranormal begins to investigate unrelated strange phenomenons. He eventually links them to a ritual to the demon Kagutaba and he will soon stop at nothing to uncover Kagutaba’s mysteries on film.
If someones handed me Noroi and told me nothing about it, I would have thought it was real. From start to finish the style made me feel like it was a true documentary and did so while maintaining a high level of tension. The suspense builds all the way to the almost perfect and completely unnerving ending. If you can find this movie, see it. You wont regret it.