5 Japanese Horror Films Free on Prime this Halloween

5 Japanese Horror Films Free on Prime this Halloween

Forget to stack up on Japanese Horror films for the Halloween period? We’ve all spent an inordinate amount of time looking for the perfect horror film to watch, and with it being Halloween there’s even less time to waste. Why waste time suffering through another Gurozuka or Ju On White Ghost? Let Horror Japan’s guide to the best films on Amazon Prime save you some time! Each link will take you straight to the film.

Yakuza Apocalypse

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Harkening back to his wilder, more experimental days, Takashi Miike’s latest horror film doesn’t quite recapture the glory of his earlier films, but is still a worthwhile watch for fans. A mish mash of the Dead or Alive trilogy and some of his more splattery moments, Yakuza Apocalypse’s narrative doesn’t quite string together, but has enough creative oddities to be perfect background noise for a Halloween party. http://amzn.to/2edehHW

Gozu


gozu-takashi-miike-japanese-horrorAnother Miike movie, Gozu marks what I would consider the last of the director’s ‘classic’ period. Telling a tale of death and rebirth through one yakuza’s search for his lost brother, Gozu holds some of Miike’s best moments. Though not particularly creepy, the film is brilliantly atmospheric and is a drastically different Japanese horror movie for those bored with traditional yurei. http://amzn.to/2e3hI0L

Belladonna of Sadness

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Experiencing something of a resurgence in popularity in recent years thanks to a new 4k restoration, Belladonna of Sadness is most likely the gem of this list. With enough style in animation to make to make the Yellow Submarine feel conventional, Belladonna of Sadness tells a tale of witchcraft in the tradition of Witchfinder General. With the plot concerning witch hunts and female sexuality, the film is a mix of violence and eroticism that will offend some. For the rest of us however, this is probably the best animated film you’ll see this year. http://amzn.to/2f3ZwG5

Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch


snake-girl-and-the-silver-haired-witchBased on manga by Kazuo Umezu, Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch is your dose of classic Japanese horror for this Halloween. Mirroring Daiei’s similar Yokai Monster films, Snake Girl has the perfect Halloween mood. As a manga adaptation the film has a light, kid friendly mood, yet inexplicably packed full of decapitation and murder. It’s incredibly kitschy and nonsensical, but if you’re a fan of 1960s camp, you’ll be very happy you watched it. http://amzn.to/2edginm


Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

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What’s this? Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan on prime?! Well, unfortunately, not quite. What is free however, regardless of whether you have a Prime subscription or not is Lafcadio Hearn’s Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, upon which the film was based. If you’re a fan of Asian horror you really can’t go wrong with Kwaidan. Massively influential, Kwaidan was the initial source through which many ‘j horror’ tropes came to be known in the West. More than an educational experience however, most of the stories stand up incredibly well and provide a great spooky Halloween reading. Notable stories from the collection are Rokurokubi and The Story of Mimi-nashi Hoichi. http://amzn.to/2e3hF50

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Horror Japan is Craig Hatch, a Brit currently living in Tokyo, Japan. Horror Japan is a project that aims to review and collate media from all aspects of Japanese horror culture.

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