Who doesn’t love a good horror flick? Morbid plots that elicit rabid fear, grotesque use of blood, thrilling plots, revolting main characters and things that wanna force feed you some of your own intestines. This week’s Weekly Geekly is an ode to my four favorite horror flicks, and just not any kind of horror flicks, but the wonderful twisted psychological world of Japanese Horror! Cut down for everyone’s tastes, and enough to leave you freaked out way after your done watching.

4.Koroshiya Ichi! In the US:Ichi the Killer

Directed by Takashi Miike, 2001

Those who have heard of directer Takashi Miike, know they can count on this movie to deliver some Tarantino-like presentation of violent psyches and a mixture of paralysis, hilarity and aggressively gory action. The story introduces Anjo, a Yakuza boss who flees with three million yen. Coupled with a masochist Kakihara who leads his loyal gang members through everything from self mutilation to inventive torture techniques with almost ridiculous cartoon-like excess. Ichi is the mysterious counterpart of Kakihara, a psychological psychopathic killer that delivers traumas-a-plenty. Ichi the Killer ensures a fun ride for any gore loving nuttcase.

3. Kairo US: Pulse

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001

The internet becomes the medium of communication for an afterlife of forsaken ghosts, an onslaught of voluntary suicide and misery that threatens to ravage the world. This film follows young Kumiko Aso and Haruhiko Kato in Tokyo as they deal with these apocalyptic phenomenons. A truly artistic movie bounded by hell bound similarities in the real world that we face today. Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s cryptic film delves into the grounds of early social networking and how technology isolates people more than bringing them together. This film is perplexing and makes you think as it pervades your brain. Definitely a film that will leave you freaked out at moments, and thinking about more than actual bloodshed.

2. Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara US:Dark Water

Directed by Hideo Nakata, 2002

This is for fans of psychological thrillers and is sure to make you think way after you’re done watching. It tells a story of a woman, Yoshimi, who is in the middle of a divorce and ends up having to raise a child by herself. She then moves into a dilapidated apartment where everything seemed perfect… at first. Some time after, huge water stains that develop into oozing from her ceiling that drip constantly. In the movie she deals with paranoia, with her husband and with adjusting as a single parent. Everything that takes place is appropriately dreary, creepy, and situational mood altering tones. For sure a movie that you have to watch to understand what I mean by an old school kinda feel of scary.

1.Ōdishon Known in the US: Audition

Directed by Takashi Miike, 1999

A cult classic and another favorite of mine from director Takashi Miike. The movie tells the story of a reclusive and forlorn Japanese widower, Aoyama, whose son is planning to move out of the house soon. He expresses his sadness to a friend and fellow film producer, who becomes inspired to hold an audition for a non-existent film so that the widower can select a new potential bride from 30 women. The widower ultimately becomes enamored with and fascinated by one particular young woman, named Asami. But his first impressions are wrong. I don’t want to spill the story, so you have to watch it yourself. Be prepared for some disturbing imagery, ripe with violence. But don’t think its only about that, it tells of a story of loneliness and destroyed dreams.

I hope you guys enjoy this weekend with at least one of these movies, or should I say be prepared to get freaked out with them.

Your Psycho Loving, Gore Hunting Maiden,

Linda Le

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3 thoughts on “Japanese Horror Will Make You Scream!”

  1. I haven’t seen the other three but The Audition is a great film! Asami is awesome! Time to update my Netflix.

  2. Audition is a terrible movie, not because it’s a bad movie, but because it can single handedly destroy a mans Japanese schoolgirl fetish…

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